Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Authors Chuck Palahniuk and Ursula K. Le Guin to Speak at Ooligan Press Write to Publish Conference

Ooligan Press is excited to announce that award-winning authors Chuck Palahniuk and Ursula K. Le Guin will be sharing their publishing experiences at the Oolicon: Write to Publish open house event, May 23, 2010, at Portland State University.

Palahniuk’s best-known novel, Fight Club, has become an American cult classic. It was the inspiration for the movie of the same name in 1999, directed by David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. Palahniuk has won the Oregon Book Award (Fight Club), and was twice the winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award (Fight Club, Lullaby). His latest title, Pygmy (2009), is a dark comedy about a group of foreign exchange students who turn out to be terrorists plotting against the United States.

Joining Palahniuk will be science fiction and fantasy author Ursula K. Le Guin. She has won the Newbury, Nebula, Hugo, and National Book Awards, and is best known for her Earthsea and Hainish Cycle series.

They will speak at the Author Stage on May 23, the second day of the conference. Several other noteworthy Portland-area writers will be appearing as well, including: Shannon Wheeler, creator of Too Much Coffee Man and Eisner Award-winning artist; Deborah Hopkinson, Oregon Book Award-winning children’s author; Virginia Euwer Wolff, National Book Award-winning YA fiction author; and Lilith Saintcrow, popular urban fantasy author.

Write to Publish is a two-day conference held on May 22 and 23, 2010. It aims to demystify the publishing process for writers of all levels of experience. The event will include a workshop day on May 22, where publishing professionals will present a series of classes and lectures for aspiring authors and industry professionals, and an open house on May 23, which will feature an industry mingle room and guest authors speaking on the Author Stage.

Ooligan Press is a nonprofit, student-run, general trade press that publishes books honoring the cultural and natural diversity of the Pacific Northwest. It is affiliated with Portland State University’s master’s program in writing and publishing.

Keep checking the Ooligan Press blog for more info, or email our external promotions people.

1 comment:

Annie Lo said...

Chuck is awesome to watch speak or read. I watched him read at a church in Portland.