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.
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 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, 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.
A hiker, graphic designer, data-driven marketer, and microbrew imbiber — our Marketing Associate, Kurtis Durfey, brings a weird mix of nerdy know-how and creativity to Books in Common. He’s earned a BS in Advertising, a BFA in Graphic Design, and a master’s degree in business. But his proudest accomplishments are his two-year-old daughter (who is, inarguably, the cutest kid in the world) and having hiked the 100-mile wilderness at the top of the AT. Kurtis and his family moved from all-too-hot Tucson, Arizona in July 2016 only to experience Central Oregon’s 2017 record-breaking snowfall. But the summer will be great!
Krista 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.
Tess was an early reader who has used her love of books to fill her brain with varying knowledge and a greater understanding of humanity than her surroundings would allow. A natural researcher and self-professed history nerd, there are few subjects too obscure for her to tackle. Having ventured from her long-time home in Central California, Tess was able to quell her insatiable wanderlust in Central Oregon, where she was rescued by Books In Common. When her nose isn’t buried in a book, she can often be found playing ukulele with her lovable dog in tow, sewing, or spending time with her husband and two teenaged sons.
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.