Books make a thoughtful gift that can be cherished for years to come.

And on December 9th at Barnes and Noble, Clackamas Town Center, every purchase you make supports literacy for disadvantaged kids.

Please mark your busy holiday calendar to plan on purchasing books as gifts this holiday season at the Barnes & Noble-Books For Kids Bookfair.
Moms who love to read and write will not want to miss a panel discussion with author moms from the Portland area that concludes the event. Come hear insightful tips on writing for publication from four busy women who balance authorship with motherhood from 4-5 p.m. on Sunday, December 9th at the Barnes and Noble, Clackamas Town Center.

Stop by, shop, bring your kids and your questions! Book signings by panel members to follow the discussion.

Writing in the Dark, in the Basement, in the Bathroom or at the Park
A panel discussion of Mom Authors with Chelsea Cain, Heather Sharfeddin, Elizabeth Rusch and Christina Katz
Moderated by Diana Page Jordan

The Panel:

Chelsea CainChelsea Cain
Chelsea Cain is a humor columnist for The Oregonian and reviews for the New York Times Book Review. She has written for a wide variety of publications and is the author of Confessions of a Teen Sleuth, published by Bloomsbury US. She lived the first few years of her life on an Iowa commune then grew up in Bellingham, Washington, where the infamous Green River Killer was “the boogeyman” of her youth. She started writing her New York Times Bestselling thriller, Heartsick, to kill time while she was pregnant. Chelsea lives in Portland with her husband and daughter. Visit her online at

Elizabeth RuschElizabeth Rusch
Elizabeth Rusch’s first children’ book, Generation Fix, was a Smithsonian magazine Notable Children’s Book and a finalist for the International Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award and the Oregon Book Award. She has four more children’s books out this year: the Oregon Book Award finalist Will It Blow?: Become a Volcano Detective at Mount St. Helens (Sasquatch, 2007), A Day with No Crayons (Rising Moon, 2007), The Planet Hunter: The story behind what happened to Pluto (Rising Moon, 2007), and Girl’s Tennis: Conquering the Court (Capstone Press, 2007). Elizabeth lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two children. More at

Heather SharfeddinHeather Sharfeddin
Heather Sharfeddin lives in Sherwood, Oregon with her husband and son, where she writes novels about the modern American West. Her first novel, Blackbelly, earned starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Library Journal, and was named one of the top five novels of 2006 by the Portsmouth Harold. Library Journal called it “A superbly crafted first novel about an unlikely romance…both characters are wonderfully drawn.” Her second novel, Mineral Spirits, also received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews in which they called it “a spell-binding, high-country thriller”. Heather’s next novel, Windless Summer, is due out in 2008 from Bantam, followed by the paperback editions of Blackbelly and Mineral Spirits. More at

Christina Katz, The Writer MamaChristina Katz
Christina Katz is working on her second book for Writer’s Digest Books for publication in Fall 2008. Her first book, Writer Mama, How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids came out in March 2007 to five-star Amazon reviews and much blogosphere buzz. She has written over two hundred articles for magazines, newspapers, and online publications and has appeared on Good Morning America. Christina is a popular writing instructor who has taught hundreds of writers over the past seven years and blogs daily. Her blog, The Writer Mama Riffs, was spotlighted by Writer’s Digest Editor Maria Schneider as a top twenty writing blog. Christina is Publisher and Editor of two zines, Writers on the Rise and The Writer Mama. More at

Panel Moderator:


Diana Page Jordan
Diana Page Jordan is an award-winning broadcast journalist and interviewer, having done interviews with thousands of authors, heard daily on Take 5 XM-155, BETWEEN THE LINES on AP Radio Network and on the Barnes and Noble dot com website. She is also ABC KATU-TV’s Book Reviewer, appearing regularly on AM Northwest. Jordan’s author interviews and book reviews have appeared in the Costco Connection and the Portland Tribune. Her non-fiction has appeared in four anthologies. She also emcees, creates podcasts, and gives speeches and seminars on “The Gentle Art of Interviewing,” based on her diverse experience. More at

How to make sure Books for Kids gets credit for your purchase:

Shop at Barnes & Noble, Clackamas Town Center, on December 9, 2007. Be sure to mention at the register that you want your purchase to go to Books for Kids! Bookfair vouchers will be available at registers all day long!

Books for Kids is part of Willamette Writers. This is only one of many events with local authors. Help Barnes & Noble and Willamette Writers support Books for Kids by spreading the word. More info at

If you have questions about the event or a media inquiry, please contact the Willamette Writers, Inc. office at or by phone at 503-452-1592.


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