Saturday, October 14, 2017

Harbor House Writing Center and Harbor Books & Gifts Fall/Winter Happenings

Since we are one entity under Harbor House Writers LLC, and since we don't yet have a functioning website for HB&G, I'm combining the calendar for the two businesses here.


October 22-30 at the bookstore: Half-Price Halloween Book Sale! All books on the Halloween display table will be half off the price marked. Enjoy a hot beverage (coffee, tea, cocoa or cider) while you browse. And we'll have the candy for the kiddies.







October 29 at the writing center: Ghost Stories: Spooky Halloween Readings, 7-9 p.m.; writers are invited to read (family friendly, please) and the public is invited to attend (ages ten and up, please). The event is free and refreshments will be served.

November 4, 11, 18 at the writing center: NaNoWrite-ins all day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., free coffee, tea, hot cocoa and cider.

November 20 at the writing center: Writers' Fellowship, 6-8 p.m. All are welcome. Free.

November 21-26: CLOSED

November 27 at the bookstore: CYBER MONDAY MADNESS! Buy Local, not online; spend your money where your family lives! All Christmas books will be 20% off the price marked; all used books will be 10% off the price marked. Green Tag Sale: other select specials will be offered. FREE Coffee, Tea, Cocoa and Cider. FREE holiday cookies and entertainment. Local Author Book Signings. Last minute book orders (for delivery by Christmas). FREE Gift wrapping, too!

December 2 at the writing center: How to Publish YOUR Book with CreateSpace for Little or NO Money. Now that NaNoWriMo is over learn how to put your work into book form. Teacher: Gregory E. Zschomler, publisher of 14 books through CreateSpace. Cost: $30

December 18 at the writing center: Writers' Fellowship, 6-8 p.m. All are welcome. Free.

December 22 at the bookstore: LAST CHANCE CHRISTMAS SALE! (gift certificates available, too)

December 23-28: CLOSED

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Be Scandalous: Read a Banned Book this Week

Authors from Judy Blume to Mark Twain have had their books banned. 


Mark Twain being one of the oldest on the USA list (for Tom Sawyer due to language and discussions of racism). Everything from To Kill a Mockingbird to The Wizard of Oz, Harry Potter and Fahrenheit 451. too. But the oldest of all has been The Bible.

For a good list of banned or challenged books click here.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Now You'll Be Able to Shop for Books on the Harbor!



Soon. The countdown is on. Just 18 days from this post's date (Aug. 29) until the Harbor's ONLY bookstore opens their doors! Saturday, September 16 marks the GRAND OPENING of...


The only bookstore withing 39.5 miles of Aberdeen/Hoquiam. And it's about time!

Of course we're working hard to bring it to you. We won't be anything the size of the major bookselling chains you may have been in before they closed up. And our store won't be as big as some indies either, but we will provide excellent service, a good assortment of new and used books--especially fiction. We'll also feature the best of the Pacific Northwest's Indie Authors, local interest books, and great gift items (many handcrafted by local artisans).

I think we'll be worth checking out. ALL books (even new releases) are discounted and there's no postage so we beat Amazon hands down there. Walk in, walk out with a book. Can't do that on Amazon either.

Come in and smell the books, touch them...

We open September 16 with a big party.You can learn more about that here.

Hours will be: Fri/Sat 12noon - 8 p.m., Sun/Mon 2 - 6 p.m., closed Tue - Thur.

Our new website harborhousewriters.com will be active very soon; from there you can access either the bookstore or the writing center with one click.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Exciting Announcements and Updates

You know about the upcoming bookstore, Harbor BOOKS & Gifts. That's looking like mid-September for the Grand Opening (Sept. 16) and Harbor House Anniversary Open House (celebrating a year in business and 100 years for the house that was built in 1917).

Right after that we'll be starting up our fall workshop series which will include re-offering Ruth's praised "Everybody's Got a Story" Memoir Workshop and my informative "What Publishing Path is Right for You?" seminar as well as our "Five Keys to Successful College Papers" for the new school year. We're also looking forward to bringing in world-renowned speaker-teacher-author Gideon For-mukwai for his "The Art and Science of Story-selling" presentation. And then there's this (which you will NOT want to miss):


Finally, look for our newly revamped website/blog on September 9.
Fall Hours: Fri./Sat. noon-8 p.m.; Sun./Mon. 2-6 p.m.; Closed Tue.-Thur.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Coming Late Summer 2017: Harbor BOOKS & Gifts

I keep thinking I'm crazy and I hope it works. The plan is to open a bookstore in the Twin Harbor area.


There really isn't a bookstore on the harbor, though a few places carry books, and a lot of people keep lamenting the fact. So, we're hoping to fill a niche.


Our first 300+ books came in earlier this week and we brought in another 100 yesterday, but we're going to need a lot more. We've also begun to slowly remodel now that we have a plan (right).

It's going to take us most of the summer to ramp up to an opening as there is much to do. We're HOPING for a soft opening by August sometime and no later than Sept. 5.

We're planning to carry and feature:

Select, bestselling, popular fiction; new books and gently used; books by local authors; and a good lineup of Christian books as well as art books and art supplies and gifts (for readers, writers and visitors).


READ OUR PREVIOUS POST FOR HOURS, CLOSURES and UPCOMING EVENTS.

May the Fourth Be With You


Greetings and salutations! Here's the newest information from Harbor House:


Please note that we are currently closed for drop-in times and are meeting clients ONLY by appointment only through May 12.

STAR WARS and literary geeks came on by on May the 4th for reading from William Shakespeare's STAR WARS: Verily, a New Hope by Portland Oregon's Ian Doescher. (It really is quite amusing.) We had a brief negotiation with our lightsabers, ate death star cookies, and watched some relative media. In other words we had a blast.

Beginning May 15, we'll be back to our regular winter/spring daily operating hours of 9 a.m. until noon. That's Monday through Friday; we're closed weekends. There will be no workshops in May.

Monday, May 15th is our monthly (third Monday of the month) WRITERS' FELLOWSHIP meeting. We begin at 6 p.m. and finish at 8 p.m. All writers are welcome. This is NOT a critique group, but we do share our work and talk about the craft.

We will be closed Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day.


SUMMER HOURS: begin Tuesday, May 30 and run through Thursday, August 31. Hours TBA; open Monday through Thursday; closed Friday through Sunday except for announced workshops (which we are currently working on for June). It's always best to follow our Facebook page for up-to-date information and last minute closures.