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Lidia Yuknavitch
Photo credit: Andrew Kovalev

Lidia Yuknavitch's Introduction of Tom Spanbauer at Powell's Books on the event of his book launch for I Loved You More

Posted by Rhonda Hughes on 04 Apr 2014

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If you want an introduction to the work of Tom Spanbauer, one thing you can do is hunt down an author bio. It’ll read something like this: He grew up in Idaho and attended Catholic School, which I’m sure had little effect on the rest of his life. He served in the Peace Corps in Kenya, he was a super of five buildings on East Fifth Street. He received his MFA in fiction from Columbia. In 1991, he came to us, to Portland, where he developed the beloved Dangerous Writing in his basement. He’s...Forward

Hawthorne Books Loves You More

Posted by Liz Crain on 03 Apr 2014

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I started working at Hawthorne Books in fall of 2009 and now 17 books later I’m proud say that I’ve worked on half of the books that Hawthorne has published since it was founded in 2001. I’ve also worked with the majority of Hawthorne’s authors since Hawthorne makes a habit of building long lasting author relationships and publishing numerous titles by many of its authors such as Poe Ballantine, Lidia Yuknavitch, Scott Nadelson and Tom Spanbauer.

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Jay Ponteri's Acceptance Speech for Wedlocked

Posted by Rhonda Hughes on 24 Mar 2014

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At the after party for the Oregon Book Awards on March 17th, people were chatting about Jay Ponteri’s Whitmanesque acceptance speech for Wedlocked, so I thought I would post it here:


O thank you Literary Arts O my fellow nominees I thank you, Sandra Stone and Kim Stafford, thank you, Elena Passarello, thank you, and thank you my dear friend Scott Nadelson, o thank you Hawthorne Books, Adam O’Connor Rodriguez and Liz Crain and special special super duper thanks to Rhonda Hughes who took a...Forward

Author of The Food Lover's Guide to Portland, Liz Crain, and her dog, Rubin.

Posted by Rhonda Hughes on 17 Mar 2014

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With the second edition of The Food Lover’s Guide to Portland on press (pub date 9/1/14) Liz Crain relaxes at Hayden Island with her dog, Rubin.

Two out of eight "Small Press Books to Watch in 2014 (AWP edition)," by Valerie Stivers-Isakova for the Huffington Post, include Tom Spanbauer's I Loved You More and Poe Ballantine's Things I Like About America. Lidia Yuknavitch also cited as a "big star!"

Posted by Rhonda Hughes on 06 Mar 2014

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From all accounts AWP Seattle 2014 was a wild success!


Thank you to Adam O’Connor Rodriguez for working the Hawthorne booth as well as moderating three panels. Thank you to Scott F. Parker who covered for Adam while he was on panel. Thank you to Sage Ricci who toiled alongside Adam and took these photos!


Valerie Stivers-Isakova included three Hawthorne writers Lidia Yuknavitch, Tom Spanbauer, and Poe Ballantine, in her article “Small Press Books to Watch in 2014 (AWP edition).”

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