This Anthology is full of fabulous artwork and train-themed short-stories. Written during the pandemic, the project encouraged artists and authors to create, and we’re sharing it with you! And when you purchase it, you’re sharing the love by giving back to the Arts community, since all profits benefit North Bend Arts & Industry. A grassroots organization that supports up-and-coming artists of all kinds. So catch the train today!
I’m so excited to reveal the Cover for our new FVP Anthology – THE LOST TRAIN!
Eight of our Authors have been working hard in cooperation with nine Artists from North Bend Art & Industry on this themed publication. There are seven stories of various genres from a Children’s story to dark Speculative Fiction. Plenty of mystery, whimsy and heartwarming moments too. Watch for it in August. Pre-order date will be announced soon! All profits benefit NBA&I community Arts development projects.
January flew by without our usual recap of the prior year. Here are a few photos from our Holiday sales events. We attended a new one this year at The Black Dog Arts Cafe’ in Snoqualmie and returned to the Si View Holiday Bazaar. It was fun to get out in the community, and we want to thank so many of you for supporting local authors this year. I hope you enjoy the stories and books you found from us!
FVP is having our annual meeting soon, and we’ll be announcing 2020 Featured Authors and adding some updates on newly released books. We’ll also be posting the events we plan to attend this year. So stay tuned!
FVP Books or at least some of our featured authors are hoping to be part of @BurningCatCon in Portland in May 2020. As part of our quest for a table, I’m sending this digital offering to Catleesi, the massive Cat Sculpture that will preside over the event. #BurningCat Fitting to the season, here’s a reprise of my entry into a Holiday Terrible Poetry contest run by blogger, Chelsea Owens. I didn’t win since the rhyme and rhythm was critiqued as ‘too good,’ but I’m hoping it’s also good for a laugh. Hohoho…
‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the office
The peeps were all fluey and all full of coughses
Their eyes hung in bags with bulging lids droopy
Their answers to emails were all nincompoopy
They swallowed more syrup and dreamed of their beds
While blurred visions of monitors multiplied in their heads
The holiday was coming, they leaned upon that
While doing their darndest not to barf in their hats
A bottle of OJ, another pain pill
They pushed around paper, just an hour to kill
Away to the door they stumbled in stupors
A stop at the party and boy were they poopers
At last up their driveways they wove their way home.
And fell in their beddi-byes to spend Christmas alone.
-by Sheri J. Kennedy, yes that’s the entity All Rights Reserved (though hardly deserved)
FVP Featured Author, Cristie Coffing’s literary fiction novel, Carnival Man, has been chosen by Friends of the Library and endorsed by King County Library System for their Community Reads program for Spring 2019 in the Snoqualmie Valley region.
Carnival Man attempts to answer the question – if you can see the future, can you change it? Set in a logging town in the Northwest, a river town in the post Vietnam era, it is the story of Emma, a young girl coming of age, who has the ability to read nature. Emma finds the river her sanctuary while struggling in her love/hate relationship with her mother Rosalene, a tarot card reader and seer.
Rosalene lives her life with complete acceptance of impermanence and abandonment, until she is forced to confront the burning question, when does a gift become a curse?
Emma’s best friend Kimmy, has the ability to raise the dead with the melodies of her flute and is a captivating siren for the men surrounding her. She is driven by the desire for physical touch and affection.
Three women bound in their relationship to one another, drawn together in their search for love and their struggle for survival. Each forever touched by the magic of the traveling carnival and its underlying grittiness…
Community Members can get a FREE copy of this print book at North Bend Library -starting March 11th until supply runs out – to read before the April 18th Meet the Author and Community Book Club event. Cristie will do a Reading from Carnival Man and then lead the attendees in a Group Discussion of this thought-provoking and moving story of Emma, Kimmy and Rosalene.
You can also find your own copy of Carnival Man on Amazon. CLICK HERE!
After a brief summer hiatus, FVP is back with Fall events, looking forward to NaNoWriMo events and Holiday events! Although I say we’ve been gone, perhaps it was more of an inward focus on writing. Our group members have been moving forward on their WIPs and a few new self-pubs came out, such as Victoria Bastedo’s The Time Mechanic
I hope you’ll join us for Wine & Words Spoken Word Evening at Black Dog in Snoqualmie, October 4th. It’s always a fun and entertaining literary evening. Spotlight Author will be FVP’s own, David S. Moore. See you there!
Congrats to FVP Featured Author Sheri J Kennedy for being chosen for this exciting program with King County Library System!
I’m so excited about King Co. Library System choosing my book LIKENESS as their first Valley Reads feature for community book club reading!! Our newspaper, The Valley Record did a Feature Article on the program. I’m #almostfamous !
Anyone who REGISTERS for the program can pick up their FREE book at North Bend Library after April 7th, and then I’ll be leading a Discussion Event at North Bend Library on May 2nd. The book is great for discussion since it’s concept driven and is a playful romp full of thought-provoking ideas regarding similarity and difference.
Get your copy of LIKENESS today!
Our Holiday Tradition…FVP Books will have a booth at Si View Holiday Bazaar in North Bend on December 2, 2017. Come on out between 9-3 and Meet our Authors and Find lots of Great Books for Gifts or to Read During the Holidays. Also stop in at the Holiday Festival in downtown North Bend afterwards for a fun family celebration and tree lighting. See you there!
King County Library System is hosting Indie Author Day! Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association (PNWA) is sponsoring this exciting day featuring many indie authors and books and including several presentations. FVP’s Featured Author, Rachel Barnard will be presenting and would love to meet you! Be sure to be there this weekend. Saturday, October 14th in Issaquah, WA.
Don’t miss this year’s Bard & Starlet Radio Hour performance. Coming right up on October 21st! Four short plays by FVP Novelists and a fifth play by guest playwright and director, Bruce Stewart, live on stage. Mark your calendar now!