January 31st, 2013 | by Beth Barany
Local Authors Create Platform, Support for the Self Published
Every month, Oakland resident Tim McAtee wanders through the chaos of First Fridays and the Art Murmur, and every month he finds something missing: books. While music and the visual arts are well represented, only a couple of scattered authors can be found. “This seems to be the case at most arts events, but with the publishing industry in the state it’s in, we’re ready to actually make a move to create a literary scene,” says McAtee, a first-time novelist and many-time author of non-fiction educational books.
Hoping simply to find information on where to sell his book, Tim visited the weekly community meeting where First Fridays are ostensibly organized. His inquiry was interpreted as volunteering and he was immediately deputized as a literary ringleader of First Fridays. This was the beginning of what is now Oakland Authors.
Oakland Authors is now a virtual and physical home for East Bay writers to collaborate and share publishing resources, while hosting regular events and meetups. They can be found at OaklandAuthors.com or at events throughout the month.
Therapy’s expensive. Instead, say everything you’ve ever wanted to say to your exes at this reading on Wednesday, February 13, just one day shy of Valentine’s. Or just come out for some great stories, venting and possibly a touch of heartbreak.
Where: Stork Club (2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612)
Participate: Let us know if you’re interested in reading your poems, letters, or flash (non)fiction. Contact email@example.com
Oakland Authors is a virtual and physical place for East Bay writers to gather, exchange ideas, grow their work, and establish a professional presence. They hope that, by banding together, they can help each other succeed.