Award-winning authors to read Saturday in Mount Shasta

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Pete Fromm, a four-time recipient of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, will read at Native Grounds Nursery in Mount Shasta this Saturday, June 28 at 8 p.m. 

Fromm’s reading will be the main event of “A Summer’s Night Celebration of Lit,” which will also include an Open Mic at 6:30 p.m. (sign-ups at 6:15) and a reading by local award-winning poet Cat Ruiz at 7:15 p.m.  Tickets are $10 at the door.

Pete Fromm is both a memoirist and prolific fiction writer. “His prose is often set in the outdoors, and all of his work is driven by characters so raw and lively, it seems they, not Fromm, have written the words on the page,” states a press release about the upcoming event. “The driving force behind all of Fromm’s work is heart. He often writes about family – about the love and struggles that exist between spouses and parents and children.”

Fromm’s latest novel, “As Cool As I Am” (2003), earned him a fourth Pacific Northwest Booksellers Literary Award. Earlier winners were his novel “How All This Started” (2000), a story collection, “Dry Rain” (1997), and a memoir, “Indian Creek Chronicles” (1993).

Hailed as one of “America’s best-kept literary secrets,” he has published four other story collections, as well as more than 100 stories in magazines. Fromm also teaches in Pacific University’s MFA in Writing program.

His current project, a novel entitled “If Not For This,” which weaves life in the outdoors with the power of love and family, is set in Ashland, Ore.

Fromm lives with his family in Great Falls, Montana.

Cat Ruiz recently published her first book of poetry, “Stirring up the Water,” which won the Native Writers Circle of the Americas First Book Award in Poetry (University of Oklahoma).

She has presented her work at many Pacific Northwest reading series and venues, was a nominee for Poet Populist of Seattle in 2005, and has presented her work in Berkeley, Calif.

Her poems have appeared in several literary journals and in three poetry anthologies. She is a published travel essayist (The Seattle Times) and a fiction writer. She currently teaches at College of the Siskiyous.

Native Grounds Nursery is located at 1172 S. Mount Shasta Blvd #A.

Tickets are $10 at the door and benefit the Mt. Shasta Writers Series.

Call 530-926-0555 for more information.