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

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.
Daniela Ahmed
After receiving a degree in Geological Oceanography and coordinating events in the food/beverage world, Daniela escaped the big city to Central Oregon to pursue her passion for trails. Mountain biking, snow sports, hiking and time with friends in the outdoors calm her soul, her dog keeps her grounded, and books allow her to sit down. It’s the perfect trifecta of life.




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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