Plethora of authors discuss books at Crazy 8’s Tour

The Nicholson Library was abuzz with the lively chatter of literary enthusiasts Oct. 18. As the clock struck 7 p.m., the crowd turned its attention to the panel of seasoned authors before them.

The Crazy 8’s Tour, sponsored by Third Street Books, was created by George Byron Wright, one of the eight authors featured. He created the author’s tour in an effort to showcase the best writers of the Northwest and sell novels. In total, Wright compiled 28 authors and decided to host eight authors in eight different bookstores around Oregon.

The tour was originally slated to be hosted at Third Street Books. When the owner realized there was not enough room, she called upon those at the Nicholson Library, who were more than happy to host such a prestigious array of authors.

Each of the eight authors was able to speak about their motivations for their novels, writing experiences and the hardships of publishing.

“I’ve never been so far into a novel and been so afraid of not finishing it,” said Molly Gloss about her experience writing her latest novel.

Gloss is the author of four novels, including “The Heart of Horses,” which was the finalist for an Oregon Book Award.

In an effort to make a dent in her manuscript, Gloss wrote every day during the National Novel Writing Month of November 2011. Still not finished with her novel, Gloss says she is eagerly awaiting this upcoming November, in which she hopes to finally complete the novel.

The Crazy 8’s Tour consisted of authors of different genres, including the poet Ursula Leguin.

“You can only write poetry for the sake of doing it,” Leguin said about why she loves her craft. “You find your poem saying for you things you never knew you needed to say.”

Leguin believes that poetry has not been turned into a business as novels have, and that in writing poetry is able to do what she loves while escaping from capitalism.

“I’m not a genre writer, I wish I were. It’s more lucrative,” said Wright, an Oregon native, about his style and motivations for writing. “We’re all flawed by human imperfection, it draws us in. That’s what I’m all about as an author.”

The authors shared their valuable advice to hopeful authors after the panel in a Q-and-A session.

The biggest message that the audience left with was that writing a novel takes effort and a long time, but the final result makes it all worthwhile.

Paige Jurgensen

Staff writer

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