Zita's Coming Back!

On Saturday, Novermber 19th at 2pm, Portland author Zita Podany will be here at Vintage Books again to talk about Vanport, and listen to everyone's stories about what happened. Nestled in the floodplain between North Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington, a housing project was built to help house World War II shipyard workers. Its very name, Vanport, is derived from Vancouver and Portland. When the United States entered the war, the demand for ships and for workers to build those ships became a huge priority. Workers were recruited from all corners of the United States. Portland had a serious lodging shortage, so much so that these workers lived in cars, tents, parks, and whatever shelter could be found. Vanport, built in a little over a year to house them, was a city that did not sleep. In its heyday, Vanport was the second-largest city in Oregon with a population of over 40,000 residents. It was a city with many firsts. It was a city that touched many lives in a very short period of time. And on May 30, 1948, it was a city that disappeared just as quickly as it came into existence, leaving a legacy that will not soon be forgotten.


 Copies of Zita's book, Vanport: Images of America, will be available for purchase & signing at the event


First Degree Mudder Launch Party!

Join us for the First Degree Mudder Launch Party

November 29th at 6:00-8:00 PM.

Come join us and author Kate Dyer-Seeley to celebrate the release of the 4th book in the PNW Mysteries, FIRST DEGREE MUDDER. Get a first-hand look at the hangouts where Meg would have stopped to prep for her big race: Mud, Sweat and Beers as we create a race course in the former Spark’s Building in downtown Vancouver, Washington. With your interactive map, you’ll be guided to Meg’s race day stops with fun surprises, treats, and giveaways at each location (Black Rock Coffee Bar, GLAMbeauty Bar, Erik Morton, State Farm Agency, and Veraison Wine & Events).

The event is free! Race maps will be provided at each location. Get a stamp at each stop to be entered into drawings for amazing Meg-inspired giveaways (winners do not need to be present to win). Each stop is located in the former Spark’s Building at the corner of Evergreen and Broadway in downtown Vancouver, Washington.


When a mud marathon champion bites the dust, Meg Reed has to go the distance to make sure a killer comes clean . . .
Back home in Portland, Oregon, Meg is ready to take her career as an outdoor writer for Extreme magazine to the next level. Lesser journalists sling mud—Meg plans to run through it. To train hard for Mud, Sweat & Beers, an extreme 5K mud run, she’s signed on with the Mind Over Mudder team, run by ten-time mud marathon champ—and former drill sergeant—Billy the Tank. But when Meg finds her tenacious trainer dead in the locker room, she has a sinking feeling someone may have been pushed too far. Digging through the hidden secrets at Mind Over Mudder is a dirty job, but somebody’s got to do it. Meg will have to tread carefully, though—or she may soon be running for her life . . .


The Sunday Sessions

Erik Wecks Sunday November 13th

Join us for The Sunday Sessions on Nov. 13th at 3pm  for a mini workshop with Erik Wecks on Creating Authentic Characters.

About the Author:
I am a proud husband, father, and writer who lives in Vancouver, Washington. After various and sundry means of employ, my wife and I have recently transitioned. I am now the stay-at-home parent, and my wife works outside the home. By day, I spend my time running kids, doing laundry, and making dinner. By night, you can often find me writing in a coffee shop while my kids are at piano, youth group, or even drivers ed. (Yikes!)
In the fall of 2011, I wrote the number one non-fiction Amazon bestseller How to Manage Your Money When You Don’t Have Any. This book of basic financial advice has served over 80,000 families. In 2015, it got a thorough edit, and I released a workbook to compliment the book.
However, most of my efforts now go into creating fiction. I love space science and believe in a future in which humanity greens up the galaxy. So, much of my work is science fiction.
Most recently, my daughter and I have been working on a book about a fourteen-year-old freshman at Lincoln high school in Portland.


Any questions about attending can be directed to vbwritersgroup@gmail.com


Past Sessions:

– January 2016 Carolyn J. Rose on The Importance of Opinion, Attitude, and Style

February 2016 Kate Dyer-Seeley on How to Find an Agent

– March 2016 Mary Elizabeth Summer on Diversity Matters: How to Write From the Other Perspective

– April 2016 Cindy Brown on How to Be Funny on the Page (even if you're not in real life)

– May 2016 Phoebe Rose on First Pages: Grounding the Reader, Strong Pacing and Killer Hooks

– June 2016 Paula Stokes, Fonda Lee, Mary Elizabeth Summer and Jennifer Bosworth on a panel about writing.

– July 2016 - Break

-- August 2016 Jane Elder Wulff on The Art of Interviewing: Listening for Story.

-- September 2016 Hannah Dennison on Taking the Mystery out of the Mystery: Jump-start your novel!

-- October 2016 is Angela Sanders on Writing a Series: Five Things I Wish I’d Known


To Come:

-- November 2016 is Erik Wecks on Creating Authentic Characters

-- December 2016 is Christine Fletcher on I Couldn't Put It Down! Using Conflict to Hook Your Readers

-- January 2017

-- February 2017 is Margaret Pinard and Don't Be Captain Obvious: How to Find and Deliver Essential Details for Setting





Join a book group hosted by Vintage Books!

Are you itching to discuss books? Want some stimulating conversation? Join the Who picked this book? Book Club. They meet on the 3rd Sunday of each month from 3-4pm. Members receive 10% off new copies of the selected titles here in the store! Click the image to check our stock.

Prospective members do not need to RSVP to meetings and are encouraged to simply show up if they would like to join or just observe!

The next book selected is:

Who Picked this Book? Book Club will discuss The Alchemist at their October meeting, on Sunday 11/20 at 3pm:

Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different and far more satisfying than he ever imagined. Santiago's journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.

Future selections:

December 18th at 3pm

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

January 15th at 3pm

Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

February 19th at 3pm

So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

March 19th at 3pm

Amy Falls Down by Jincy Willet




Karla Von Huben event October 29th at 2pm

Join us October 29th at 2pm for a book event with local author Karla Von Huben. Her newest release, The Youngest Elf: Snowfall & Sorcery is the third in the ongoing series of "Youngest Elf" books. She'll be reading from the book, answering questions and signing books.
KARLA VON HUBEN is a Chicago native who wound up in the Pacific Northwest via San Diego. After ten years in the region, she still whines about the rain, and remains a slave to two unsympathetic cats, Zeek and Frankie. They are less concerned about her books than where their next meal is coming from, and love her only for her opposable thumbs. Karla's a former Marine, a voracious reader, and a huge fan of steam locomotives, the crankiest machines ever built.
Book description:
The Youngest Elf: Snowfall & Sorcery is the third in the ongoing series of "Youngest Elf" books. Set in and around Polar Star Village, the magical town hidden at the top of the world, the stories center on the adventures of various elves, as well as the one human who lives and works with Santa Claus. Polar Star Village is a safe, warm, beautiful and wonderful place where Santa's power and love protect the inhabitants from danger. Being elves, however, their curiosity sometimes leads them away from the village and into exciting and dangerous adventures. The books are aimed at children twelve and under, but adults should find enough snark and humor in them to make them truly enjoyable for all ages. There's no sex or violence, so parents and grandparents can read them aloud, or given them to kids to read, without worrying about inappropriate content. 


We have signed copies of Robert Michael Pyle's Books!

If you missed the event, we still have some signed copies of his books!


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