Book Launches and Kismet

IMG_5025By Lisa Alber

Some things are kismet. That I would meet a wonderful group of writers and bond with them, that we’d collaborate on a group blog, that we’d contribute stories to a collection, that we’d come together for a fantastic book launch.

Last week Christina Lay, our fearless leader, announced the publication of Shadow Spinners, A Collection of Dark Tales. This week I get to provide pictures of the launch party, which was held at the historic Shelton-McMurphey-Johnson House. As the website says, the house “… with its carved and turned exterior woodwork, polygonal tower, ornate open porches, and large bay windows – remains Eugene’s most elaborate example of late-Victorian Queen Anne Revival style architecture.”

The best part? It’s surely haunted. Some people are sure that Curtis Johnson, a World War I and II doctor, presides over the attic turret room, where he used to hole up and play solitaire.

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Standing room only! Guests spilled into the entry hall and the dining room. That’s Cheryl Owen-Wilson reading her Southern gothic story.

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Ringleader (in the best way) Christina Lay emcee’d the event.

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And here are Cindy Coate Ray, Sarina Dorie, Matthew Lowe, and Stephen Vessels reading from their stories. The collection features a variety genres, from horror to literary to fantasy, and more.

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Lots of books were sold, food and wine consumed, and hugs shared. It was a great night, and I’m so honored that I got to participate with my fellow Shadow Spinners!

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4 thoughts on “Book Launches and Kismet

  1. Pingback: Life As a Shadow Spinner « Lisa Alber's Words at Play

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