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

Carrie Mack
Carrie MackAs a self proclaimed story teller, Carrie Owen Mack has been discovering and sharing stories throughout her career. Upon receiving her Masters in Public Administration from Seton Hall University, she continued her work in the non-profit arena by crafting compelling stories through grant-writing. Most recently she was a community coordinator for the Action Research Center at Illinois Wesleyan University. In addition, she and her husband owned and operated a remote Canadian fishing lodge for the past eight years – a story for the ages! Forever striving to “say yes to adventure” she remains curious about discovering the outdoors, traveling like a local, preparing and sharing great food, and getting lost in a good book. Carrie is delighted to join Books in Common and the Bend community.
Aowyn Jones
Aowyn Jones blends creativity and presence with administrative prowess. After earning her BFA, she performed modern dance for ten years while holding day jobs in the nonprofit and corporate sectors. She then worked as a contract proofreader in the IP industry and ran a transcription business that supported research and services for Native communities. In Bend, she held the lead front office role in a thriving medical facility before joining Books in Common. Aowyn has a deep reverence for artfully crafted writing, and she writes daily in the pursuit of literary magic. She thrives in nature and spends as much time outdoors as possible with her husband and their dog (her two other favorite things).
Kristin Findley
Findley_Kristin_headshotKristin graduated manga cum laude from University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. After exploring the worlds of acting and business in Los Angeles for 11 years, she decided to move to Bend, Oregon with her boyfriend of 11 years in order to slow down, be closer to nature, start a family, and open the US branch of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Unfortunately, due to the fact that magic is not real, Kristin is forced to only pretend to be a Potions Master, spending her free time fermenting anything and everything: water kefir, milk kefir, ginger beer, kombucha, and pickles of all kinds. She also loves to sing and improvise, sew, hike, and of course, read.

administrative assistant

Bernadette Scarborough
Bernadette_headshotBernadette is a born and raised Oregonian with years of customer service experience and a passion for creative entrepreneurship. After several years of owning and operating a small tea company in Central Oregon, Bernadette most recently held a position as the customer service team lead for a socially responsible apparel company based in Bend, OR. She enjoys learning everything possible about a given subject, especially health & science. Her other interests include motherhood, natural living, cooking, vintage clothing, the outdoors, and tea. Bernadette is thrilled to be joining the Books In Common team! She lives in Central Oregon with her husband, two sons and the family dog, Shasta.

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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