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  • Writer's pictureCraig Allen Heath

A First - Author Festival in Longview

I've been invited to participate in a first-ever event in my new home town, and I'm honored and excited.

Poster for the Columbia River Author Festival - May 6 2023

The Longview Public Library will host the first Columbia River Author Festival, this Saturday, May 6. I'll be there promoting my debut novel, Where You Will Die, the first of a planned series about Alan Wright in the Sierra Nevada town of Eden Ridge. I've also been given a spot to give a short reading at 10:30 that morning.

Our local library is a tireless promoter of local authors, as well as artists, craftspeople, storytellers and teachers, and a key facilitator in local conversation and culture. They have regularly hosted readings by authors in all genres, created and facilitated book clubs for all ages and interests, and generally been a vibrant center of activity in Longview, where I'm happy and proud to live.

But this festival - the first of its kind - will feature over 50 authors from around the Pacific Northwest, offering their works of literary and historical fiction, mystery, romance, fantasy, poetry, nonfiction, children's books, and more. Three stages will be set up based on book categories, and we'll take turn giving short readings throughout the day. It's the first try at an ambitious event that the library hopes to make annual, and I hope to be invited to again.

The highlight of the day will be a reading from Bryan Johnston, author of Deep in the Woods: The 1935 Kidnapping of Nine-Year_Old George Weyerhauser, Heir to America's Mightiest Timber Dynasty. His true-crime story has won accolades from reviewers and readers alike, and the festival culminates with his appearance. He will take the stage to read at 3pm. You can learn more about his work as an author as well as his long career as an Emmy award-winning writer and producer for Pacific Northwest affiliate television at his website.

If you're nearby, please drop in to say hello. I'll post a short recap of the day next week.

Oh yeah, and there's this:


Blatant Self-Promotion Section

My first novel, Where You Will Die, is available now exclusively on Amazon in Kindle and paperback.

"This philosophical mystery will captivate readers thanks to a winning cast and setting."- Kirkus Reviews

"Quirky, engaging whodunit." - Rick George, author of Sinister Refuge

"An enjoyable ride with a satisfying end." - Helen Reynolds, Reedsy Discovery


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