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Novelist Megan Kruse and publisher Rhonda Hughes

The Manzanita Writers’ Series will offer an inside view of the publisher-author relationship on Saturday, July 16, in a conversation between novelist Megan Kruse and publisher Rhonda Hughes of Portland’s Hawthorne Books.

Kruse will begin by reading from her debut novel, “Call Me Home,” which was published by Hawthorne in 2015, winning that year’s Rainbow Award for Gay Contemporary Fiction.

After the reading, Kruse and Hughes will talk about how to get published and the editing process that follows.

Kruse grew up in the Pacific Northwest and currently lives in Olympia. She studied creative writing at Oberlin College and earned her MFA at the University of Montana. Her work has appeared widely in journals and anthologies. She teaches fiction at Eastern Oregon University’s Low-Residency MFA program, Hugo House and Gotham Writers Workshop. She was one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” for 2015.

Now in its 14th year, Hawthorne Books has published literary fiction and nonfiction to consistent critical acclaim, while also selling film options and publishing rights to its works worldwide.

“If we specialize in anything,” Hughes said, “it’s in finding superb writing which might be overlooked by larger houses, and giving it the attention it deserves.”

Prior to founding Hawthorne, Hughes had an extensive career in book production and printing. She holds a Master of Arts in English Literature and completed the Yale Publishing Course.

The July 16 conversation will begin at 7 pm at the Hoffman Center for the Arts, 594 Laneda Avenue. Admission is $7.

For more information, go to http://hoffmanblog.org or email Kathie Hightower at kathiejhightower@gmail.com

• Earlier in the day on Saturday, July 16, Kruse will present a writing workshop on “Crafting Emotion.”

Aimed at writers in all genres, the workshop will show students how to use object potential and transcendent details to create work that resonates deeply with the reader.

The workshop will run from 1 to 3:30 pm at the Hoffman Center for the Arts, 594 Laneda Avenue. Tuition is $30 and students can register at hoffmanblog.org.

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