April 2013 Book Festival: Get Lit at the Beach


poster-getlitI will be attending the Get Lit at the Beach festival in a few weeks!

And with good reason.

I love the beach. Oregon features some of the best coastline in the United States. Cannon Beach, one of the towns on the Pacific, is a wonderfully peaceful community, unwilling to let corporate America sully their beach community, instead giving the every day man and woman a chance to open up a restaurant, glass shop, etc. It is a perfect getaway from the stresses of technology and life.

Now add books and writers into that equation! Get Lit at the Beach features seven bestselling authors this year, including Terry Brooks, Ursula K. Le Guin, Erica Bauermeister, Chelsea Cain, Phil Margolin, Garth Stein, and Willy Vlautin. The festival is small with only about 100 tickets available, making for an intimate weekend with these amazing writers.

Ever want to ask Terry how to pronounce a name?

He’ll be there to do it.

Ever want to ask Ursula why she wrote Left Hand of Darkness?

She’ll be there to answer it.

With so few tickets available, the entire weekend will be filled with numerous opportunities to hang out with these writers and talking to them about their work, the craft of writing, or any number of interesting topics!

Here is a press release about Get Lit at the Beach:

Tickets on Sale Now for Tolovana Arts Colony Presents Get Lit at the Beach: A Gathering for Readers, April 12-14, 2013.

A great opportunity for booklover’s and aspiring writers to meet at the beach with seven best-selling authors in fantasy, sci-fi, literary, and crime mystery while enjoying the beauty of Cannon Beach, OR.

CANNON BEACH, Oregon (February 22, 2013) – Tolovana Arts Colony is pleased to announce seven best-selling authors will participate at its April event in Cannon Beach. Resident author Terry Brooks will be joined by Erica Bauermeister, Chelsea Cain, Ursula Le Guin, Phil Margolin, Garth Stein, and Willy Vlautin as featured authors at Get Lit at the Beach: A Gathering for Readers. Attendees will have three days to spend quality time with the authors, starting Friday evening, April 12th, at an author’s reception at the Cannon Beach Book Company; Saturday, April 13th at three author talks and book signing sessions located at Surfsand Resort; and Saturday evening at a hosted prime rib banquet featuring a presentation by Chelsea Cain, at the Surfsand Resort Ballroom. Ursula Le Guin will be honored prior to the presentation. The weekend will conclude with a moderated question and answer session with all seven authors at the Coaster Theatre on Sunday morning, April 14th.

“This is a great opportunity for book lovers and aspiring writers to get to know seven widely read and admired authors, as well as an opportunity to purchase newly published books,” said Valerie Vines Magee, Program Manager for Tolovana Arts Colony. “Cannon Beach Book Company is excited to take part in this event and will provide participating authors’ books for sale and signing throughout the event.”

Get Lit at the Beach: A Gathering for Readers is sponsored by the Cannon Beach Tourism and Arts Commission. Tickets are $75 for the entire weekend program, including refreshments Friday evening and dinner Saturday evening. The Sunday morning session at the Coaster Theatre is also open to the public at no charge. All attendees receive gift bags upon check in. Friday only tickets are available at $20, Saturday only $60 (includes dinner). Discounted lodging for attendees is available at the Surfsand Resort (800) 797-4666, ext. 728, The Ocean Lodge (888) 777-4047, and the Hallmark Resort (888) 448.4449, #1 (ext. 189).

Tickets can be reserved and purchased now by emailing a request to tolovanaartscolony@gmail.com or calling (503) 368-7222 (credit cards accepted). Tickets are available in Cannon Beach at Copies & Fax, (503) 436-2000 (credit cards accepted); Cannon Beach Book Company, (503) 436-1301; the Coaster Theatre (503) 436-1242, and Jupiter’s Rare and Used Books (503) 436-0549. Please note: Reservation deadline is April 2nd.

Valerie Vines Magee, Media Relations
(503) 368-7222

Get Lit at the Beach is only $75 for entrance to the festival. That covers the entire weekend as well as the banquet dinner on Saturday! That’s a helluva deal. Plus the festival has worked with several Cannon Beach hotels to offer discounted rates for that weekend!

So you really have no excuse to go, especially if you live in the Pacific Northwest!

If you have any questions, contact Valerie at tolovanaartscolony@gmail.com!

Hope to see some of you there!