Dim the lights, put on some slow-burning jazz, and loosen your tie as you take the craft of flash fiction writing and apply it to the seedy, crime-riddled world of noir fiction. Our partner, p:ear, has set a 500-word limit and $15 entry fee, and the author of the winning story will receive a $50 gift certificate to Powell’s Bookstore and other prizes. The top three stories will be read at “p:ear noir” the fund raising event on October 7th from 7-9pm, with proceeds benefiting p:ear.
Wordstock 2009 is right around the corner, and we hope you’re ready to join us as a volunteer at this year’s festival! If you are interested in helping our cause, please fill out our volunteer application form:
(You can also access this form from wordstockfestival.com. Just click on the “Get Involved” tab on the right of the homepage, and then click on the “Volunteer Signup” tab on the left-hand side of the page.)
Volunteer options include escorting authors to their readings, managing stages, providing information to visitors, selling Wordstock merchandise, and much more. Please feel free to sign up for more than one shift, a whole day, or the entire weekend.
Without volunteers, Wordstock would not be possible. We hope to see you this year. If you have any questions, please e-mail the volunteer coordinators at email@example.com.
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We in the US live in a country where any man, woman or child can speak their mind, can stand up to speak their peace, can print and make public their words of wisdom, folly and entertainment. And yet, within small corners of this great nation remains censorship and the act of book banning that is better left to the annals of history. These practices happen all over the world, but the United States is one of many places where we should know better.
Though you may not agree with what someone might say in a banned book or how they present it, they have every right to say it and deserve a space on every library shelf like any other book.
On this day of independence for a nation of great literacy and promise, find an often challenged book and share it. The ALA celebrates Banned Book Week every year (this fall) and their list of Most Frequently Challenged books each year can be found on their website. (See the yearly list to the left).
We here at Wordstock are Banned Book Believers. Speak your Peace!