Tickets for the 2020 Sisters Festival of Books (SFoB) go on sale March 1 at  sistersfob.com. In its second year, the Festival is expanding to two full days of author presentations and adding a poetry reading event on Saturday night. Weekend passes, all-inclusive for the Friday night local author reception and Saturday and Sunday author…

Tick tock! Waterston Desert Writing Prize submissions for the 2020 prize are due by midnight April 1. If you are planning to submit, it’s time to get serious about applying. Find all the guidelines and a link for submissions at waterstondesertwritingprize.org. The Prize honors creative nonfiction that illustrates artistic excellence, sensitivity to place and desert…

(Photo | Courtesy of Michelle Davis) Lululemon, located in the Old Mill, will host a party to celebrate the release of Learning to Bend, the debut novel by Michelle Davis, on Friday, February 21 from 5-7pm. The book was just released on February 10 and is available for purchase on Amazon and other major online…

Renowned author, lepidopterist, teacher and environmental humanist Robert Michael Pyle will act as guest judge for submissions to the 2020 Waterston Desert Writing Prize. In addition, Pyle will be one of three noted panelists taking part in “A Desert Conversation” as part of the annual award event Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at the High Desert…

WHAT: Redmond High School announces a school contest for Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. The competition, presented in partnership with the Oregon Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and…

The Waterston Desert Writing Prize 2020 is now open for submissions. Applicants must submit online through April 1, 2020. The Prize, now in its sixth year, honors creative nonfiction that illustrates artistic excellence, sensitivity to place and desert literacy, with the desert as both subject and setting. Inspired by author and poet Ellen Waterston’s love…

Drawing on Ijeoma Oluo’s New York Times bestseller So You Want to Talk About Race, as a dialog-builder and platform for engagement, Central Oregon Community College (COCC), OSU-Cascades and several community groups are hosting a series of book conversations on race to commemorate this year’s Season of Nonviolence. The book chats are scheduled throughout Central…

Banni Bunting, a former FBI agent and national tennis champion, is launching a mindfulness picture book for children, How Do You See the World? — A Book of Mindful Choices. Now a certified mindfulness teacher in Bend, the book is the result of her many years of teaching mindfulness in local classrooms and schools. A…

The Central Oregon Writers Guild will begin accepting submissions for its 2020 Writing Contest on January 1. Submissions are open to Oregon residents in the following categories: Adult (19 & over) — Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Children’s Literature; and Youth (18 & under) — Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Children’s Literature. Prizes: $50 — First-place winners…