Portland release party for Hagridden

Today’s the day, gang!

I’ve only been back in my home city of Portland for a few days, but it’s been enough to rest up from my big Southern book tour, and now it’s PDX’s turn for a Hagridden party!

And folks, this one’s gonna be a doozy.

We’re at the Independent Publishing Resource Center, one of the most popular gathering places for Portland’s literati! We’ll have beer and wine — of course! — and food and friends. And among those friends will be Portland’s own Mark Russell, author of God Is Disappointed in You, and Monica Drake, author of Clown Girl and The Stud Book— they’ll be reading from their work alongside me and my novel!

Monica Drake
Monica Drake
Mark Russell
Mark Russell

I couldn’t ask for cooler — or kinder — partners in my big release party, gang. And special thanks to Mark Russell, who actually spearheaded this whole thing so I could just relax and enjoy the party. He’s a hell of a guy, and if you’re close enough to come out to the reading, I want you all to buy his book, and Monica’s.

Buy all the books!

Oh, and it’s not just a reading, y’all. I’m going to attempt something like a “live book trailer,” with sound effects and whatnot. And Mark’s going to have background music (possibly because he’s so cool that he actually has a soundtrack that follows him around through his life). I don’t know yet what Monica’s up to, but bear in mind that she’s in on the whole “Bedtime Stories” adult pajama party thing with none other than Chuck Palahniuk, so she’s someone you want to hear read in person!

Of course, I’ll also have that guestbook my mom made me, so I expect everyone there to sign it and say hi to me. And I’ll have copies of Hagridden as well as copies of Box Cutters (buy both and you can claim you own every book I ever published!).

Seriously, this is going to be a fun night, gang. Just ask The Rumpus or Willamette Week. They know what’s up. 🙂

And if you can’t make it there, that’s cool, too. I’ll post photos from the party later this weekend, and I’ll be reading again in Portland at a handful of other venues through October and maybe November. Just as soon as I get back from the Midwest later this month!

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