Pulitzer Prize-nominee Craig Lesley and one of fantasy genre’s most successful authors, R.A. Salvatore are among the best-selling and award-winning authors featured in Cannon Beach from May 18 to May 20 for the seventh annual Get Lit at the Beach literary event. Throughout the weekend, attendees will have the opportunity to mingle with five acclaimed authors, attend presentations, a keynote dinner and book signings.
Writer of the modern American West, Saturday’s keynote speaker Lesley penned four novels and a memoir. His novel “Winterkill” earned the Western Writers of America Golden Spur Award and an Oregon Book Award. Author R. A. Salvatore’s novels regularly appear on The New York Times best-seller lists. His signature multi-volume series includes “The Dark Elf Trilogy,” “Paths of Darkness,” “The Hunter’s Blades Trilogy” and “The Cleric Quintet.”
Acclaimed fantasy writer Terry Brooks serves as master of ceremonies. Brooks has 35 books in print and has been awarded the lifetime achievement award from World Fantasy.
This year’s literary lineup also includes author Gina Ochsner, whose short-story collections “The Necessary Grace to Fall” received the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and “People I Wanted to Be” earned an Oregon Book Award. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House and the Kenyon Review.
The event will also feature Amy Stewart, New York Times best-selling author of nine books, including “Girl Waits with Gun.” Her popular nonfiction titles “The Drunken Botanist,” “Wicked Plants” and “Flower Confidential” have been profiled in the New York Times, Earthworm Digest and the PBS documentary “The Botany of Desire.”
Activities begin on Friday night with an author’s reception at Haystack Gardens. Saturday’s full day of events includes author presentations, book signings and an evening keynote dinner presentation. The weekend will conclude with a moderated question and answer discussion featuring all festival authors on Sunday morning.