Events are thrilling endeavors for authors! I love meeting people and talking about books and writing! Most current events are posted on my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SharonDuerstAuthor/
November 10, 2016 will another visit at Autry’s 4-Season Florist in Bend. See their open house information at https://www.facebook.com/Autrys-4-Seasons-Florist-109798719048276/
October 22, 2016 I was with author Kate Ayers at Herringbone Books in Redmond. We had an awesome time discussing writing and our newest books!
September 10, 2016, I was at Klindt’s Booksellers in The Dalles for the NW Author Event. It was so much fun meeting people and talking about books and writing! And if you’ve read Mending Stone and my other Possibility Series books, you know something about the significance of Klindt’s. What you don’t know is…a secret!
I loved sharing my newest novel – book 3 in the Possibility Series, Seeding Hope!
Every November I attend Autry’s 4 Season Florist’s artist open house event with great eats and drinks and plenty of beautiful creativity! Of course I have my gorgeous books there! And I’m happy to share my table with other Central Oregon Authors like, Kate Ayers and her murder mysteries, and Ginger Dehlinger and her novel, Brute Heart.
Here’s the link for Autry’s Flower shop http://www.bendoregonflowershop.com/
If you’ve read Mending Stone, you know what a florist shop has to do with the story – but you might not know I worked for a time at this florist shop with the energetic and fabulous owner Velvet Foster! She is so supportive and fun and it is a great honor to be included in her artist line-up! Velvet embodies beauty and creativity!
Spring, 2015, I was part of the Women In Motion Event at Lorang Fine Art in Cascade Locks. Artists from around the world displayed their creations. Here I modeled a seasoned creation by French artist Larissa Nouri who commentated her part of the fashion show. It was such an honor!
October 18, 2014 ~ I visited Klindt’s Booksellers in The Dalles as part of the Northwest Authors Festival Event with Catching Rain, book 2 in the Possibility Series! We had THE best time! I met so many new friends!
August 17, 2013 I visited Klindt’s in The Dalles – It was wonderful being in the oldest bookstore in Oregon with so many smiling faces and beautiful books! I love the creak of the old wood floors, the sound of the glass door opening. Of course Klindt’s has copies of Mending Stone: Klindt’s is featured in the story! http://www.klindtsbooks.com/
While in The Dalles for my class reunion August 16-18, 2013, I gave classmates a few proof copies of Mending Stone and I anxiously await their comments! See photo – books I was schlepping from under my coat (shy marketer/author returns).
We had fun at Clock Tower Ales and Sunshine Mill Winery – See article in Seattle Times about these wonderful new/old places in The Dalles, Oregon http://seattletimes.com/html/travel/2018483833_trdalles24.html
Having our reunion at these venues was particularly wonderful for me as both places were mentioned in the novel! (And I was not on the planning committee and no one on the planning committee knew this) Don’t you just LOVE it! Life conspires to make our sweetest dreams true!
Due to various time and energy challenges – and the awesome birth of my first grandchild, Carsen! – I had no events through the winter and spring 2012-13.
Early November 2012, I was on hand for a crafters open house at Autry’s 4-Season Florist event in Bend. We had a blast!
October 2012, I visited Allegory Books at Salishan Marketplace in Lincoln City. What a wonderful shop! I had fun visiting with owner Helen and the weather was terrific!
September 22, 2012, I was at Klindt’s Boodksellers in The Dalles, Oregon. It was wonderful being in my old hometown on a warm early fall day!
Saturday, July 28, 2012, I was on hand for a delicious lunch with a stunning view of Joseph Canyon at the RimRock Inn, on Hwy 3, halfway between Lewiston Idaho (where I was born) and Enterprise Oregon. It was a beautiful day and I was lucky to meet a few women who chatted it up with me about Mending Stone and bought the book!
I had an awesome time in Poulsbo, WA, July 15, 2012 at Liberty Bay Books! The staff is wonderful, lattes are delicious, and so are the many great books! Including, of course, Mending Stone!
Friday, June 15 I drove to Walla Walla, Washington for an outdoor event at Book & Game on Main Street across from many thriving businesses. The weather was delightfully warm, I met some really awesome people, sold a few books and enjoyed the early evening! Free snowcones and pop rounded out a full event/anniversary sidewalk sale! Thank you Book & Game customers and staff for your warm welcome!
Friday, May 25 I drove to Idaho and the next morning went up to White Spring Ranch Museum – the home built by my great grandfather. Relatives and friends worked hard all weekend cleaning out the chimney so the old cookstove in the kitchen could be used, put new decking on the front porch, started a path into the woods! Later I shared a pajama party with several of my aunts! How is this event related to Mending Stone (besides being something I love)? Read the book and know!
Thursday, May 24 6:30-9 – Central Oregon Writers Guild – What fun I had talking to other writers about Mending Stone – from inspiring dream (literally) and up the long path to publication! Thank you, new friends for your warm welcome and enthusiasm!
May 8 – I visited Annie Bloom’s Books in Multnomah Village, Portland Oregon. It was a thrill to see Mending Stone on the shelf of a darling bookstore in the heart of a vibrant neighborhood!
May 7 – I visited the PM Divas Book Group of Portland – What a wonderful welcome I received in a gorgeous home filled with Oaxacan art pieces and warm, smiling, beautiful women! I shared never-before-seen or heard information about Mending Stone! I am thrilled to hear the comments and insights of such attentive readers and it was truly an honor to share the evening in such a heart warming way! And the lemon merange pie was the most delicious topper of a sweet experience I will treasure always!
I was so engaged in conversation I completely forgot to take any pictures to post! Sorry Divas! Please send photo of your lovely group!
And thank you so much to Paul and Kay DeBast who welcomed me to their lovely home and shared several days and delicious meals with me!
April 28 – I signed books and spent the day at Lorang Fine Art & Gorgeous Gifts, Cascade Locks, Oregon. Brad and Debora Lorang host amazing events with other artists and inspiring, creative people!
Brad Lorang & Debora Lorang – artists/owners – Lorang Fine Art & Gorgeous Gifts – www.lorangfineart.com
Tim Foertsch – Haoloware – Recycled Metal Art and Mixed Media Art – firstname.lastname@example.org
I have a blast every time I go to Vive le Decor – Seasoned & Refurbished Furnishings & Decor – 1350 SE Reed Market Rd, Bend, OR 97702 541-410-5068 – In April was one of my favorite events: Wine Wednesday! I found several items I couldn’t resist for my home! Besides being a great place to shop, what does an upscale re-sale shop have to do with Mending Stone? Read Mending Stone and know!
The holiday season this year was especially poignant as it marked the tenth anniversary of my mother’s passing. She loved the holidays and tried always to make it beautiful for our family. She delighted in planning, scrimping and saving, for gifts and decor. Wonderfully thrifty and creative, she offered great inspiration and encouragement. She and my dad were so supportive and, though they have passed, I continue to feel their love. Thank you mom and dad for all your gifts!
December 5, I participated in one of the most fun holiday events for women by women at Kayo’s Restaurant, Bend, OR. We enjoyed delicious snacks, holiday tunes, sparkly lights and many shoppers purchasing wonderful gifts! I bought a few things myself and had fun talking to the other vendors as well as customers! Thank you Shannon Hunt!
Trattoria Sbandati, 1444 NW College Way #4, Bend OR 97701-1419 opened it’s doors early on December 1 for a book signing.Plates of delicious cheeses, bread, mini-panini and glasses of delicious wine made for a truly elegant and delightful afternoon. Thank you Kinley and Juri Sbandati!
How do events at an Italian restaurant tie in with Mending Stone? Read the book and know!
I was in Chicago November 16-18 at the National Convention of Teachers of English. I was thrilled to have information about Mending Stone included in the exhibit hall of the beautiful and historic Hilton Towers Hotel! Mila Fuller, Co-director of NCTE couldn’t resist buying a copy of Mending Stone! It was the one of the largest events I’ve attended anywhere, and so fun!
Saturday, November 12th – I attended the QuiltWorks Community Fair – 926 NE Greenwood Ave, Bend. Eighteen family-focused organizations shared information, connecting and networking. Items were on display and for sale; projects, refreshments and hourly door prizes contributed to the good time! Anna Aram, with Quilts for Kids mentioned in Mending Stone, was there giving out quilt kits to be made up by volunteers and given back to be donated to children in Oregon hospitals. I was on hand selling and signing books! It was a great time meeting everyone and learning about some great organizations and new hobbies to try!
November 3, 2011 I was at Autry’s 4 Seasons Florist, 759 NE Greenwood, Bend OR 97701 for a Meet and Greet, book sales and signing from 4-7:00 pm. We enjoyed delicious refreshments, and visiting with new and old friends! How does a florist shop and roses tie in with Mending Stone? You’ll have to read the book to find out!
October 22-23, 2011 I signed books at Lorang Fine Art & Gorge-ous Gifts in Cascade Locks, OR as part of the Fall Folliage Studio Tours Event. A beautiful weekend on the Gorge! We had wine and cheese, took tours of the artists’ studios, chatted with new and old friends, and enjoyed the “artful” ambiance! What a great time! Lorang Fine Art will continue selling Mending Stone, stop by to get one!
October 15, 2011 – I welcomed new experiences at the Awesome Women Hub Tour event in Seattle. I met amazing women and came away full of inspiration and gratitude for such a gathering! Thank you Robin Rice – and so many others who made this a special weekend debut of Mending Stone a wonderful event to remember!
October 13, 2011 2-4:00 PM I visited Allegory Books – The Shops at Salishan – 7755 Hwy 101N, Gleneden, OR 97388 – 541-764-2020
We sold quite a few copies of Mending Stone, chatted with lots of fun people coming in out of the rain, ate cookies. It was great fun in a wonderful shop!
The BIG EVENT causing me to begin this website was the publication of my first novel Mending Stone by a small publisher in Wisconsin – an odd connection – my great grandparents, John and Mary (Gesellchen) Lorang were from Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin!