Strong Female Characters

It’s our second in our new series addressing issues relevant to women readers, writers, and characters. This time we’ll be talking with Margaret Malone (People Like You), Liz Prato (Baby’s On Fire), and Monica Drake (The Folly of Loving Life), all short story writers, about writing and reading “unlikeable” female characters. What does it mean when a reader calls a character unlikeable? What can we learn from characters we can’t (or don’t want to) relate to? Why are so many female characters deemed unlikeable, compared to male characters?





Strong Female Characters is an ongoing series where we will highlight the issues facing women writers and women characters. We will host 3-4 local female authors every quarter (approximately) and have a discussion that will focus on one or more of these issues, and let the discussion organically flow from there. Thanks to Soapstone for supporting this series!

Local Authors from The Clackamas Literary Review

It’s a book launch for The Clackamas Literary Review, brought to you by Clackamas Community College! They are a national literary arts magazine that has been publishing since 1997. Their most recent edition is out, and we’re going to celebrate and hear from some of the contributors, including Margaret Malone, Paulann Petersen, and Stacey Allen Mills.


Holiday Litera-Cheer with 8 Local Authors

Celebrate the holidays and literature with our Holiday Litera-Cheer event! We’ll be joined by local authors Skye Genaro, Leigh Goodison, EM Prazeman, Caroline Miller, Margaret Malone, Peter Field, SL Stoner, and Barbara Jones, who will all read short excerpts from their books. There will be prizes, holiday treats, and lots of fun. Hear some local authors, snack on some treats, and get cheered for the holiday!

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