Holiday Cheer Book Sale and Signing Sunday December 7

48th Annual Holiday Cheer

A Celebration of Oregon Authors


Sunday, December 6, Noon – 4 PM
At the Oregon Historical Society
Free Admission!


For nearly 50 years, the Oregon Historical Society has celebrated the literary talents of Oregonians at this annual holiday book sale and signing. Meet your favorite author, and take home a personally signed book for the perfect local holiday gift.


All authors who are invited to participate have published in the current year, and many will have multiple books available for sale. Sip on hot cocoa, listen to carols, and get into the spirit of the season as we kick off the holidays at the Oregon Historical Society!

2015 Application Now Available!

If you are an Oregon author who has published a new book in 2015, please join us for Holiday Cheer!

Download the 2015 Holiday Cheer Application 

Note: In order to save changes, application must first be downloaded and saved to your computer. Filling out the PDF in a web browser may cause changes to be lost.

Or, apply online.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, October 16 at 5 p.m.
Authors will be notified by November 1, 2015 of the status of their application. Please email or mail your completed application to the Oregon Historical Society prior to the posted deadline.


Rachel Randles
Oregon Historical Society
Holiday Cheer Author Submission
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

Please note: Due to space limitations, we are unable to accept all applicants for this event. We do our very best to have a wide range of genres and subject matters present, and work to accommodate as many authors as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1) Will you carry all three titles that are recommended on my application?


The Oregon Historical Society invites all authors to suggest three titles to have available at Holiday Cheer; however we will likely not be able to order all three titles due to shipping costs. For all participants, OHS will order at minimum their 2015 publication that has made that author eligible to participate in the event, and it will be up to the Museum Store staff’s discretion if they will order any older titles.


2) How are book sales facilitated?


The Oregon Historical Society will handle all book sales through our Museum Store. OHS will carry at minimum the author’s latest title, which will be ordered directly through the author’s publisher. If the author would like to have additional books at the event (up to three titles total), the author is able to bring those and be paid directly by the Oregon Historical Society. The Oregon Historical Society will pay the author 60% of all retail sales, no exceptions. Please see Question 4 for more details if you would like to provide your own copies for sale at the event.


3) Can I suggest that you carry more than three titles?


OHS limits the number of titles per author to a maximum of three in order to ensure fairness between new authors who are showcasing their first work, and those who have a long list of publications. While we would love to have everyone's books available for sale, fairness and space limitations make a limit of three books per author necessary to make this event successful.


4) What do I need to know if I am planning to provide my own copies of my book(s)?


Authors are welcome to provide copies of their books if arrangements are made in advance. If an author plans to provide copies of their own book, they will need to note this on their application. A W9 must also be submitted with their application in order for OHS to process payment. Authors will then take their books with them at the end of the event (unless other arrangements have been made in advance), and will note the number of copies sold so that OHS can process payment by year end.


Books must be delivered to the Oregon Historical Society by December 1, 2015 in order to provide time for inventory and set up.


Download Blank W9 Form


Authors who choose to provide copies of their book(s) must submit a W9 by December 1, 2015. Completed W9 forms can be dropped off when books are delivered, or mailed to Rachel Randles.


5) When is my entry fee due?


Authors will be notified of their acceptance to the event on November 1, 2015. At this time, authors will be asked to pay a $25 entry fee, which is due by November 13, 2015. The Oregon Historical Society requests this entry fee in order to help the Society mitigate some of the costs incurred in ordering books for this special event. Without having these entry fees as part of the event revenue, the Society would be unable to continue producing this event, and we appreciate the support of all of the authors who participate in Holiday Cheer. As a thank you for your participation and generosity, all authors will receive a one-year family membership to the Oregon Historical Society.


Do you have additional questions that are not listed here?

Please contact Rachel Randles, Communications and Marketing Manager, at

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