As we close the book on 2018, there’s plenty to look forward to on the Central Oregon literary scene in 2019. Local readers and writers can mark their calendars for these visiting authors, literary workshops and anticipated book releases in the coming year.

Deschutes Public Library

As Deschutes Public Library’s popular Author! Author! series continues in 2019, organizers have saved some of the biggest names on this season’s roster for the final two events. National Book Award winner Colum McCann will speak Feb. 21, and novelist, short story writer and screenwriter, Richard Russo will cap the series with a presentation on March 14. Both events will begin at 7 p.m. at The Riverhouse Convention Center (2850 NW Rippling River Court, Bend). Tickets cost $30 for general admission or $80 for preferred seating, which also includes admission to a private author reception. Contact: or 541-312-1027.

The nonfiction work “Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man’s First Journey to the Moon,” by Robert Kurson, was selected by the library as the featured novel for its 2019 A Novel Idea … Read Together program. Published in April 2018, “Rocket Men” tells the inside story of the first manned mission to the moon in 1968. A Novel Idea incorporates three weeks of public events related to the book starting with a kickoff at the Downtown Bend Library on April 6. The program culminates in a presentation by Kurson at 4 p.m. on April 28 at the Bend High School auditorium (230 NE Sixth St.). Details of all A Novel Idea events will be posted to the Deschutes Public Library Foundation website ( and the library’s calendar ( as they are finalized. Fees will be charged for some events and activities. Kurson’s presentation is free, but tickets are required and will be available from the foundation website and in all library branches starting April 6.

More author events

Meet some of your favorite authors and discover new talents at local bookstores, colleges and other venues around Central Oregon as published writers discuss and sign copies of their latest work throughout the year.

Some of the authors scheduled to visit and speak in the area during 2019 are Kirk Richardson, Jonathan Stewart, Kate Dyer-Seeley, Marcia K. Morgan, Nicole J. Georges, Pam Houston, Janice Rubin, Jack Lorts, Stephanie Vanlochem, Willy Vlautin, Ellen Waterston, Phillip Margolin, Marie Bostwick and Diane Le Bequets.

OSU-Cascades literary festival

After launching Words in Action as a one-day event in 2018, Oregon State University-Cascades will expand the literary festival to three days from June 14 to 16. The theme of the second annual festival is Rendezvous with Risk and the keynote speaker is T. Geronimo Johnson, a novelist, Rome prize fellow and faculty member of the OSU-Cascades master of fine arts in creative writing program. The festival will include writing workshops, readings, panel discussions, interactive art installations, book signings, a film screening and seminars on storytelling and social action. More details and tickets will be available in mid-March at

Upcoming book releases

For adults

Jan. 8 — “The Paragon Hotel,” by Lyndsay Faye

Jan. 15 — “You Know You Want This: ‘Cat Person’ and Other Stories,” by Kristen Roupenian

Jan. 29 — “Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country,” by Pam Houston

Jan. 29 — “The Falconer,” by Dana Czapnik

Feb. 5 — “Bowlaway,” by Elizabeth McCracken

March 5 — “Gingerbread,” by Helen Oyeyemi

March 26 — “Sing to It,” by Amy Hempel

April 16 — “Normal People,” by Sally Rooney

April 23 — “Machines Like Me,” by Ian McEwan

June 18 — “Big Giant Floating Head,” by Christopher Boucher

June 4 — “City of Girls,” by Elizabeth Gilbert

Sept. 10 — “The Testaments,” by Margaret Atwood

For teens

Jan. 8 — “The Wicked King,” by Holly Black

Jan. 15 — “The Gilded Wolves,” by Roshani Chokshi

Jan. 22 — “The Vanishing Stair: A Truly Devious Novel,” by Maureen Johnson

Feb. 5 — “On the Come Up,” by Angie Thomas

March 5 — “Chrysalis,” by Brendan Reichs

April 3 — “The First True Thing,” by Claire Needell

April 9 — “The Red Scrolls of Magic,” by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu

April 30 — “Hot Dog Girl,” by Jennifer Dugan

Sept. 3 — “Crescent City,” by Sarah J. Maas

Sept. 10 — “Frankly In Love,” by David Yoon

For young readers

Jan. 29 — “I Survived the Battle of D-Day, 1944,” by Lauren Tarshis

Feb. 26 — “Wings of Fire: The Lost Heir,” by Tui T. Sutherland, illustrated by Mike Holmes

March 5 — “Rocket to the Moon!: Big Ideas that Changed the World,” Don Brown

March 12 — “It’s Not the Puppy,” by J. Patrick Lewis, illustrated by Maddie Frost

April 30 — “Dragon Masters: Eye of the Earthquake Dragon,” by Tracey West

April 30 — “Sparky & Spike: Charles Schulz and the Wildest, Smartest Dog Ever,” by Barbara Lowell, illustrated by Dan Andreasen

June 25 — “The Bad Guys: The Big Bad Wolf,” by Aaron Blabey

Aug. 13 — “Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls,” by Dav Pilkey