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, Portland Fermentation Festival And More…

October 5th, 2010

Tyler and me at Doe Bay on Orcas Island. Our boat is the one in the cove behind us.

I’m back! The past two weeks were absolutely perfect. Sailing the San Juan Islands in late September turned out to be a brilliant idea. We thought that we’d have some weather. We didn’t. We thought that we’d have some big learning curves. We survived. We thought we’d come back happy but exhausted. We did.

It turns out that sailing a 19-foot O’Day around the San Juan Islands was the adventure and then some we’d been looking for. I’ll post more about the trip soon but for now just know that it was great and we’re back. All the merrier because of it.

For now, I want to highlight some upcoming events that I’ll be attending that you might want to check out too…

Thursday, Oct. 7th through Sunday, Oct. 10th @ Oregon Convention Center and other locations

I took this photo at last year's Wordstock. Drop everything for this year's this weekend.

There are so many things to do and people to see at this year’s Wordstock, this Thursday through Sunday. Check out the schedule if you haven’t already.

I’ll be doing a book event with Charles Heying and the lovely Kelly Clarke of Willamette Week at 1pm Saturday over at the McMenamins stage at the Oregon Convention Center. The rest of the weekend I’ll be either tabling with the Hawthorne Books crew or checking out different readings and events.

Wednesday, Oct. 20th, 6-8pm @ Ecotrust

Come get stinky with us!

Last year’s first annual Portland Fermentation Festival was a huge success and this year’s is shaping up to be even stinkier. In a good way. Check out the website for more information and get yourself signed up for this incredible Portland DIY event that brought out more than 500 people last year.

Friday, Oct. 22nd 8pm-1am @ Fortune Tattoo

Come eat, drink and be merry with Ms. Mikki and Tyler Adams here!

ATTENTION: My boyfriend, Tyler Adams, no longer co-owns Fortune Tattoo. Visit his North Portland shop — Grizzly Tattoo — which opened June, 2011! For more info. visit www.grizzlytattoo.com, 503.265.8146. Grrrrrrrizzly!

My boyfriend opened Fortune Tattoo with his business partner Ms. Mikki this spring and finally on Friday, Oct. 22nd (after the first night of the Portland Tattoo Expo) they’re having their grand opening party with all sorts of great local donated food and drink thanks to Toro Bravo, Bluehour, MacTarnahans Brewing Company, Domaine Serene Winery and many others. There will also be live music thanks to East Side Speed Machine and friends. Come check it out and celebrate!