I Love Powell’s

September 23rd, 2013

David Reamer, John Gorham and me at Powell's for our Toro Bravo cookbook event. Happy.

Our first official book event for Toro Bravo: Stories. Recipes. No Bull. was over the weekend at Powell’s and it was great! Thanks to everyone who came out for it and to the Powell’s folks who made it so great esp. Darcy, Morgan, Gin and Jeremy. If you weren’t one of the lucky ones to get a pre-release copy of the book at it (we only had 18 copies and folks entered a raffle to get to buy them) Powell’s will be locked and loaded with plenty of copies in a couple weeks.

After the reading. Before the bourbon. Sort of...

Signing on the dotted lines.

The official launch date for the book isn’t until October 15th after all. (And that’s the night of the book launch party at Toro from 5-10pm! Open to the public.) This Friday tune into OPB’s Think Out Loud if you want to hear us talk about the book. And if you’re around the weekend of October 5th we’ll be at Wordstock that Sunday doing the same thing. Our incredible publishing house will be there too!

Hope you’re doing well & burning the candle on both ends too. Because that means you’re living life to the fullest. Love you.

Toro Bravo: Stories. Recipe. No Bull
pub. date Oct. 15th
$35, McSweeney’s Books
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Wordstock 2012 + Toro Bravo

November 26th, 2012

Rachel Khong and Jordan Bass of McSweeney's Books at Wordstock 2012.

Did you go to Wordstock this year? I go every year. I love it and look forward to it every fall. I’ve had a lot of milestones at Wordstock — my first book Food Lover’s Guide to Portland was born at Wordstock and a lot of other good fortune and good times have come to be for me at festivals past.

This year I tabled all day Saturday and Sunday at the Hawthorne Books booth. I’ve been an editor and publicity director at Hawthorne since late summer/early fall of 2009. Three years! I got to hang out with a lot of our authors (and sneak away for a couple of their cool events) as well as with publisher Rhonda Hughes and senior editor Adam O’Connor Rodruguez. Good times.

I also got to spend time with the publishers of the book that I am currently writing with John Gorham — the Toro Bravo Cookbook: The Making, Breaking and Riding of a Bull. We are so happy to be doing this book with McSweeney’s. Dream come true.

I hosted the McSweeney’s folks during Wordstock this year so that meant late night karaoke, 20 boxes of books in my front room, plum wine on the front porch and a lot of fine eating and drinking at Toro Bravo, of course (we had a huge dinner where cava and txakoli flowed freely and we tried a lot of the new dishes inspired by our recent trip to Madrid and Barcelona), Biwa and Tasty n Sons to name a few spots that we went. They even had to break into my house once while they were here. I won’t give you all the details on that but it worked.

AND I got to finally meet our high-rolling, ass kicking literary agent Kimberly Witherspoon. We’re very lucky to have Kim on our side and it was great to finally meet her in person. She moderated a panel this year at Wordstock and while she was in town she got to have a really nice meal at Toro.

Our literary agent, Kimberly Witherspoon, of InkWell Management moderating a panel at Wordstock 2012.

So, if you didn’t get to Wordstock this year please try to make it next year. It’s an incredible annual Portland event for readers, writers, editors, publishers — basically all book lovers. And it might just visit some very good fortune on you as well. You never know…


Wordstock 2011

October 3rd, 2011

From left to right: Kelly Clarke, Charles Heying and I on a panel about food and craft at last year's 2010 Wordstock. Looking forward to being on a panel this year too -- Saturday's Every Book is a Start-up.

I look forward to Wordstock every year. In fact, I wrote about just that recently. Jeff Baker, book editor for The Oregonian, asked me to write 150 words on what Wordstock means to me and I did along with Nancy Rommelmann, David Biespiel, Justin Hocking and many others for last Friday’s A&E cover story. (If you can find the story online please let me know. I have a hard copy but would love to link to it here…)

This year I’ll be speaking on a panel on Saturday at 2pm on the Wordstock Community Stage titled — Every Book is a Start-up with Jen Stevenson and Kelley Roy moderated by Todd Sattersten. The focus of the panel: “Learn from author-preneurs who found unconventional methods to launching their books about Portland’s food scene.”

Throughout Saturday and Sunday I’ll also be tabling at the Hawthorne Books table at the Book Fair. I’ve been an editor at Hawthorne since summer of 2009 and always look forward to Wordstock because a lot of our authors come and visit and sign books so we get to catch up and I also get to meet all sorts of folks while tabling, paneling, attending readings and wandering the fluorescent lit convention center halls. This is one of the few events worth braving that kind of lighting for. I hope to see you this coming weekend! Counting the days…

October 8-9

Wordstock 2010

October 11th, 2010

I swear that Kelly Clarke, Charles Heying and I did not purposely color coordinate...

This year’s sixth annual Wordstock was a blast. There are some Portland events that I do my best to never miss in Portland — Portland International Film Festival, Portland Fermentation Festival, PDX Adult Soapbox Derby to name a few — and Wordstock is definitely one.

I heard a lot of grumbling about the grey, rainy weekend this Saturday and Sunday but none of it was from Wordstock folks because we were inside all weekend talking, reading, attending readings, learning about, checking out and buying books. A weekend very well spent.

Highlights for me included tabling with the Hawthorne Books crew, attending two fantastic panels: The Future of Reading and a Karen Karbo and Kim Dower panel on book promotion, seeing old friends from here, here and then some and making new ones.

I was also very honored to be invited to speak on a food and craft panel with Charles Heying moderated by Kelly Clarke — arts and culture editor for Willamette Week on Saturday.

I was nervous with the stage, lights, microphones but got over it and really enjoyed talking with Charles and Kelly about Portland’s awesome and diverse artisan goods culture. I talked a lot about PDX food and drink of course and Charles talked about that and then some. We traded books and I can’t wait to read his.

Here are some photos from a full-on Wordstock weekend. Let me know what your experience was if you were there…

Our seats were not on fire but the microphones didn't work at first.

I guess I look very serious when I'm thinking.

Hanging with the Hawthorne Books crew -- Kate Sage and Adam O'Connor Rodriguez.

Hawthorne Books' Rhonda Hughes after her Wordstock panel.

Baby bookworm.