About the Crazy Eights Author Tour
An accidental Oregon idea
A new Oregon author tour will hit the road this fall after under the banner of “Crazy Eights Author Tour”. Oregon author George Byron Wright said the idea came to him while on a recent road trip. The intention is to stimulate more interest in Oregon’s writing and publishing communities by connecting them with readers, booksellers and libraries in an exciting new way.
Once the idea jelled, Wright was able to interest 28 of Oregon’s award winning authors, and eight independent bookstores, to participate in an author tour that would bring eight authors at a time to eight separate venues across the state from mid-September to mid-November. He recruited a stellar steering committee to help advise him and in about two months had the tour tied down. “The tour is totally volunteer,” says Wright. “It has been the generosity of the authors that has made it work. They are passionate about supporting independent bookstores, libraries and our communities of readers.”
The Crazy Eights Author Tour will be launched on September 14 in Baker City. Betty’s Books will be the local host bookstore when eight authors from among the pool of 28 authors appear at the Crossroads Carnegie Art Center (a former Carnegie Library). Other tour venues will include: Cannon Beach, Redmond, Portland, McMinnville, Hood River, Lake Oswego, and The Dalles.
The event format will be something akin to speed dating only with authors. Each author will have five minutes to address the audience about their life as a writer and introduce their latest book. It will be a fast-paced literary slam. After the rapid-fire presentations, there will be a mixer wherein the authors will be able to interact one-on-one with the audience to discuss their work and sign books.
Steering Committee, Crazy Eights Author Tour
Bill Cameron, mystery writer and designer of our website
Tom Booth, Associate Director, Oregon State University Press
Teri Graham, Co-owner, Graham’s Book & Stationery
R. Gregory Nokes, writer of historical nonfiction
George Byron Wright, writer of Oregon-based fiction, C8 Coordinator