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


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 consultant

Megan Kruer
Megan KruerAs a doctoral student and then college professor, Megan taught French language and literature courses. After receiving a Ph.D. in Romance Studies from Cornell University and teaching at colleges throughout the U.S., she decided to trade university life for the peace and natural beauty of central Oregon. Joining the team at Books In Common was icing on the cake, as she can continue to share her love for books with an even broader community. When she’s not reading, she’s hiking Three Sisters Wilderness with her partner, Luke, and their two dogs.

author concierge

Emily Lanter
Emily Lanter revels in beautiful and unique places. From her early days in Northern California and Hawaii, to her college life in Colorado and England, and now–most recently–from the canyon lands of Utah to the high desert beauty of Central Oregon. Oceans, high desert, mountains, and rivers are her favorite places. Emily is always eager to be outside, and enjoys camping, hiking, rafting, and star gazing with her partner, Jake. She holds a degree in Political Science and Business from the University of Denver, and is passionate about local civic engagement. She’s worked in a range of industries including politics, small business management, law, as well as title and escrow managements. Emily finds that coordinating contracts, arranging events, and helping people are the main skills she would like to emphasize in her career. Joining the Books In Common team is a perfect move for her as it allows her to share the joy of reading with diverse communities, and contribute to programs that encourage people to be more involved with authors and literature.

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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