Special Event     

Holiday Cheer

Free and open to the public
Sunday, December 2, 2018
12PM – 4PM

  • Free

Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, Oregon 97205
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Event Type: Special EventLocation: Portland

51st Annual Celebration of Oregon Authors

Join us for our 51st annual celebration of Oregon’s literary talents at our holiday book sale and signing. Chat with over 90 authors and make a dent in your holiday shopping by picking up the perfect personalized gift.

Get into the spirit of the season with a cup of hot cocoa, listen to The Dickens Carolers — and, take a trip to our Santaland exhibit to take a photo with Santa himself!

Ability Accommodation Information

This event provides the following accommodations:

  • Handicap Accessible

2018 Participating Authors

Visit our bookshelf on Libib for a full list for participating authors 2018 publications and additional books that authors will have available at the event.

Stevan Allred

Val Ballestrem

Katrine Barber

Joseph Patrick Barry

Teresa Bergen

Kate Berube

Susan Blackaby

Eli Boschetto

Robert Bresky

Susan Butruille

John Byrne

Jennifer Chambers

Carolyn Conahan

Allison Cobb

M. Allen Cunningham

Sheila Deeth

Bettie Denny

Efraín Díaz Horna

Carla Dietz

Doreen Dodgenmagee

Richard Etulain

Alison Farrell

Stephanie Feeney

Gerry Frank

Paul Gerald

Wendy Gorton

Mitch Greenlick

Tor Hanson

Bonnie Henderson

Mary Henry

Peg Herring

James V. Hillegas-Elting

Marcy Houle

Patrick Huey

Mark Humpal

Mollie Hunt

Karen Huntsberger

Bette Lynch Husted

Antoinette Kennedy

Theresa Kennedy Griffin

Eric Kimmel

Bart King

David Kohl

Cameron LaFollette

Cathy Lamb

John Larison

Judith Lee

Darryl Lloyd

Ronald Lovell

Jeanne Magmer

Peter Nathaniel Malae

Phillip Margolin

Gina Mattioda

Heather Mayer

Michael McCloskey

Penny McDonald

Kristina McMorris

Scott McNeely

Dionisia Morales

Chad Murphy

Donald R.  Nelson

R. Gregory Nokes

Carolyn O'Doherty

Becky Ohlsen

Donald Olson

Robert Pyle

Phyllis Reynolds

Elizabeth Rusch

Adam Sawyer

Rick Schafer

Bill Scott

Elizabeth Sheehan

Ann Smith

Susan Stoner

Jeff Stookey

Michael Strelow

Tracy Subisak

Peter Swan

Alice Tallmadge

Hillary Tiefer

Francesca Varela

Nicole von Germeten

Peter Walker

Erik Welchoff

Don Weston

Julie Whipple

Emily Whitman

Evan Morgan Williams

William Willingham

Carl Wolfson

Carolyn Wood

John Yunker

Leni Zumas

Frequently Asked Questions:

1) Why is there a $25 participation fee and when is it due?

Authors will be notified of their acceptance to the event by November 2, 2018. At this time, authors will be asked to pay a $25 participation fee, which is due by November 23, 2018. The Oregon Historical Society requests this entry fee in order to help the Society subsidize 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.

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.

2) Will you carry all three titles that I suggest 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 2018 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 suggested titles will be ordered. Authors may have up to three titles available, including the 2018 publication.

If the Museum Store is unable to order suggested titles, the author is welcome to bring up to two additional titles to sell at the event. All books that will be sold at Holiday Cheer must be approved in advance and delivered to the Oregon Historical Society by November 27, 2018.

3) 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 either be ordered directly through the publisher, or will be provided by the author, according to the preference noted on the author's application.

For authors who have noted on their application that they will provide their own copies for sale at the event, books must be delivered to the Oregon Historical Society in advance (by November 27, 2018), and they will be sold through the Museum Store at the event. In the month following the event, the author will be paid by the Oregon Historical Society for 60% of all retail sales, no exceptions. Please see Question 5 for more details if you would like to provide your own copies for sale at the event.

4) 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 cap of three books per author necessary to make this event successful.

5) 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 to sell through the Museum Store at the event. All titles to be sold at the event must be approved in advance by Oregon Historical Society staff. 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.

Books must be delivered to the Oregon Historical Society by November 27, 2018 in order to provide time for inventory and set up.

Authors who choose to provide copies of their book(s) must submit a W9 by November 27, 2018. Completed W9 forms can be dropped off when books are delivered, or mailed to the Oregon Historical Society to the attention of Rachel Randles.

6) I have noted on my application that I would provide copies of my book for sale at the event – how many copies should I deliver to OHS?

It is always hard to gauge book sales for each author – with over 75 authors participating each year, some authors may sell five copies at the event, while others may sell 50. Depending on your own personal inventory, we recommend bringing anywhere from 15-30 copies to make available for sale.

Of course, if you have sold more than 30 copies at a previous event, or would just like to be on the safe side, you are more than welcome to bring additional – just don't forget that all books must be delivered to the Oregon Historical Society by November 27, 2018 to allow OHS staff the time to inventory and set up the event.

7) I am an Oregon author, but my book is not about history – can I still participate?

Absolutely. We have authors of all genres represented at Holiday Cheer, from cookbooks to children's books to guidebooks and more.

Do you have additional questions that are not listed here?

Please contact Rachel Randles at Rachel.Randles@ohs.org.