Readings! Mingling! Book fair! Classes! A huge portion of the Indigo community will be at the AWP conference next week. (AWP stands for Association of Writers and Writing Programs—I don’t know why there’s only one W. I know it sounds like it’s for MFA programs or something, but it’s really the largest conference—and let’s be honest, party—for writers in America every year. This year it’s in Portland!) We’d love to see you there!

Here’s where to find us:

Tuesday, March 26
Indigo’s AWP Warm-Up
8–11 p.m. at Rose City Book Pub, Rose City Book Pub,1329 NE Fremont St.

Join us for an evening of readings by Indigo clients Kristen Hall-Geisler, Fred Swan, Dolores Maggiore, and Nastashia Minto along with plenty of time for mingling with other writers to kick off the fun of the week. Come get a signature Indigo drink and snag some exclusive Indigo swag only available at this event! Oh, and attendees of this event get five free tickets to enter into Indigo’s AWP raffle—those are some great odds for winning.
More info here.

Wednesday, March 27
Braver Together Gala
5:30–8:30 p.m., DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Portland, 1000 NE Multnomah Street

Several Indigoers will be attending the opening night gala with Cheryl Strayed, all the proceeds of which will go toward the Writer to Writer Mentorship program. Will you be there too? Watch for Vinnie and Ali and come say hi!

Thursday, March 28–Saturday, March 30
AWP Bookfair
9 a.m.–5 p.m., Indigo Booth, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Indigo’s booth (#T14099) will be hopping! We’ll have various Indigo team members at the booth during the conference, and the booth itself will feature tote bags for only $5, other awesome Indigo swag, a raffle, and a slideshow of various top projects we’ve worked on over the years. Plus, we’ll have authors signing! If you missed snagging a book at the Tuesday reading or want to talk with these authors more and buy their other books, be sure to come by the Indigo booth during their signing times:

Thursday, 2–3 p.m.: Nastashia Minto, Naked (poetic memoir)
Saturday, 10–11 a.m.: Kristen Hall-Geisler, Take the Wheel (nonfiction, automotive) and Skull and Sidecar (historical fiction)
Saturday, 12–1 p.m.: Fred Swan, Parentheses (memoir)
Saturday, 2–3 p.m.: Dolores Maggiore, Paris for Two: Till Death Do We Part and Love and Lechery at Albert Academy (both YA, LGBTQIA)

Add any and all to your AWP schedule by clicking here.

Thursday, March 28
Vinnie Kinsella Signing
12:30–1:30 p.m., Mindbuck Media Booth, AWP Bookfair, Oregon Convention Center
Vinnie Kinsella
Indigo’s Vinnie Kinsella—who has been a designer with us for nearly ten years!—is also the editor of the anthology Fashionably Late: Gay, Bi, and Trans Men Who Came Out Later in Life and will be doing a signing at his publicist’s booth: Mindbuck Media, booth #T4045. Put it on your AWP schedule here.

Saturday, March 30
Agents of Change: The Activist Protagonist Panel
12–1:15 pm, D136, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Susan DeFreitas
See Indigo’s Susan DeFreitas on this impressive panel of authors discussing activists in fiction. Learn more here.

Saturday, March 30
Indigo Raffle Drawing!
3 p.m., Indigo Booth, AWP Bookfair, Oregon Convention Center

Enter your tickets throughout the AWP week! Getting tickets is easy. By coming to our Tuesday reading-and-mingling party, you’ll get five tickets just by being there. If you buy a tote bag, either at the reading or at our booth at the book fair, you’ll get two more tickets. If you sign up for our newsletter, you’ll get another ticket. Prizes will be Indigo tote bags filled with an assortment of books by Indigo clients. You can choose to enter for fiction or nonfiction or both. Turn in your tickets at the event or at our booth, and we’ll draw winners at the booth at 3 p.m. on Saturday. You may be present to win at the time of the drawing for added fun, but you don’t have to be.

A huge thank-you to our raffle sponsors!

Contemporary Fiction
Blue Cactus Press: There Is No Other Way to Worship Them by Samuel Snoek-Brown
Susan DeFreitas: Hot Season 
Nancy Milby: French Fling
SFK Press: Not All Migrate by Krystyna Byers, The Skin Artist by George Hovis, Ripples by Evan Williams, The Parlor Girl’s Guide by Steve McCondichie
Kathryn Scott:
Think Zebras

YA/Historical/Mystery/Thriller/Steampunk Fiction
L. Lee Shaw: Aging Out
Brian Tashima: Joel Suzuki, Volume One: Secret of the Songshell
Dolores Maggiore: Love and Lechery at Albert Academy
Kristen Hall-Geisler: Skull and Sidecar
Kelly Running: Medicine Wheel and Celtic Ties
Jonathon Burgess: Chasing the Lantern
John Cartier: A Wall for Teeth and Stingers

West Margin Press: A Normal Life by Kim Rich and Never Cry Halibut by Bjorn Dihle
Julie Grandstaff: 
Save Yourself
Vinnie Kinsella: Fashionably Late 
Carolyn Wood: Tough Girl 
Kristen Hall-Geisler: Take the Wheel 
Nastashia Minto: Naked
Paul Gerald: The Groundhopper’s Guide to Soccer in England