About Us

We’ve been arranging author engagements for more than a decade. We’ve facilitated more than a thousand events, pairing authors with just the right venue. Now we’re taking those years of experience and bringing you Books In Common.

The Books In Common website, along with our bi-monthly newsletter, provides a central, non-biased forum helping organizers develop literary events such as Community Reads, One Book-One City, Freshman Class Reads, All Campus Reads, Common Reads, Big Reads, and other similar programs. We work with books from ALL publishers, we work with dozens of speaker agencies, and with more than a thousand authors. Our only criteria is that the titles we work with make a great Community Reads selection, and the authors are articulate, engaging, and generous speakers.

BooksInCommon.org offers a place for event planners and title selection committees to share their thoughts, concerns, and questions about the Common Reading experience.

You’ll find resources including feedback from other organizers, tie-in programming that works, activity suggestions, promotional tools, and more.

Connect with one of our team members to help find the perfect author/title for your program. We’ll participate–as needed–with your selection process. We’ll do the foot work to get you fast scheduling and fee information to help make title selection decisions. Once the choice has been made, we’ll take care of the contracts and bookkeeping, we’ll help secure free promotional materials and media to support your event. All at NO cost to you! If you decide you want help with all steps in the process, including securing a location to hold the event, catering, marketing, and such, just let us know and we’ll get you an estimate for these additional services.

Sign up for the bi-monthly Books In Common Newsletter featuring reviews of books/authors by other Community Reads Program organizers and industry pros. Find out what others are doing, what works, what doesn’t. From librarians, to campus event planners, to arts/cultural coordinators, we’ll share their Common Reading event stories with you. And then we’ll tell your story! In addition, the newsletter features interviews with the authors themselves, and other literary industry players that can shed some light on the Books In Common phenomenon that is becoming ubiquitous on high school and college campuses, and in cities and counties across the US.

the team

ceo

Dawn StuartDawn Stuart
Dawn Stuart is a professional marketing consultant with 30 years of sales and marketing experience. She studied literature and journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, worked as a newspaper and magazine journalist for several years, then did a ten year stint in Southern California as a marketing consultant. In 1999 Dawn founded Terra Communications, a book marketing firm, which has helped propel a number of new/emerging authors to the pinnacles of literary success. Dawn is passionate about good literature, nature, travel, and outdoor adventure. In her spare time, she owns and operates Bear Creek Farm, specializing in rare and endangered livestock breeds.

literary event consultants

Christie HinrichsChristie Hinrichs
Christie Hinrichs joined Books in Common with over 8 years of literary event organization experience. She has planned visiting writers series, annual literary conferences, and countless one-off author readings in both academic and community settings. She knows what you’re going through! With an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a fiction writer herself, Christie is dedicated to bringing books and people together. When she’s not reading or writing, Christie is hiking, fly-fishing and generally gallivanting around beautiful Bend, Oregon.
Michele DeSilva
Michele DeSilvaMichele, who can’t remember ever not being able to read, has a BA in Liberal Studies and a MLIS. She worked in academic and public libraries for 15 years before joining the Books in Common team. A native South Carolinian, she has called Central Oregon home for more than a decade and enjoys – besides reading – running, fly fishing, hiking, gardening, knitting, and baking bread.
Caroline Schlendorf
Caroline Schlendorf joined Books in Common in 2017. She left a successful career in real estate sales and marketing in the San Francisco Bay Area to relocate to Bend and her family roots in the Pacific Northwest. Caroline is a passionate reader who has been collecting books throughout her life. She loves to garden, cook for friends, hike with her dogs and spend as much time with her 3 grown sons as possible.

administrative assistants

Krista Leaders
Krista LeadersKrista Leaders joined Books In Common in October of 2016. She earned her BA in Art Education from CSU Long Beach and spent some time as an elementary school teacher. After leaving teaching she put her creativity to use in an unconventional way by working for a business association doing community development and community organizing. An avid reader, Krista has used her love of reading to not only get into a great story, but also for the pursuit of knowledge. If she has an interest in something she will read everything about it. She loves the outdoors, animals, and improving her property for a flock of lucky chickens.

information technology

Bob Rogers
With his degree from Oregon State University and 15+ years in the web technology industry, Bob Rogers is the technical force behind Books In Common. He has developed, and is constantly improving, the one-of-a-kind proprietary web and database system that enables BIC staff to provide cutting-edge services to the literary world. Bob owns his own web services company and when he’s not writing code or designing websites he’s exploring the land/sea interface and perfecting his backhand tube riding.
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