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Over the years, American Author's Association has grown to expand beyond the written word.  While our name mentions our author members, we also have members talented in voice, performance arts, sculpting, painting, graphic arts, music, video, and many other forms of expressive arts.

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Attention Authors in the Puget Sound area!!

Local authors sought for Holiday Book Fair on November 21, 2010!

Contact AAA for more information.


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The Sacramento Poetry Center

(established 1979)
1st Annual Poetry Book Contest.

• Submit a manuscript of 48-70 numbered pages of original poetry in any style in English. The manuscript must not have been published previously in book form, although individual poems appearing in print or on the web are permitted. Simultaneous submissions OK, but please let us know ASAP if your manuscript has been placed with another publisher.
• Entries will be judged blind. Submitted manuscript must contain 2 title pages: Name and contact information (including email address, if possible) should appear on first title page only. Name should not appear anywhere else in the manuscript.
• Manuscript should be typed, single-spaced, paginated, and bound with a clip.
• The Sacramento Poetry Center will also consider publishing additional manuscripts from this competition.
• Check for $20.00 US per entry (multiple entries OK) should be made out to The Sacramento Poetry Center. Paid-up members of the Sacramento Poetry Center may enter the contest for a reduced fee of $15. Please note that members of SPC will not receive preferential treatment in the judging process.
• Include a table of contents page and an acknowledgements page for magazine or anthology publications.
• Will read entries postmarked between January 1, 2009 and March 31, 2009.
• Enclose an SASE for announcement of the winner.
• Winning manuscript will be published by The Sacramento Poetry Center. Winner will receive a prize of $1000.00 and 50 free copies of the winning book.
• Staff, volunteers, or executive board members of the Sacramento Poetry Center (or their relations) may not submit manuscripts for consideration in this contest.
• Manuscripts cannot be returned.
• Entries should be mailed to The Sacramento Poetry Center, Poetry Book Contest, P.O. Box 160406, Sacramento CA 95816.
• SPC supports the CLMP Code of Ethics and will adhere to its precepts regarding contests.

All other questions can be addressed via e-mail to


Australian author, Kay Danes, visits the U.S. to promote her latest book with stops in California and Colorado!

View her press release.

The Immeasurable Spirit: Lessons of a Wounded Warrior

 Author Latoya Lucas book signing

Michael Crichton passes away.  See memorial announcement.

Second Annual Fine Arts Festival of Elk Grove!

This year's event was held at:

Laguna Town Hall

Elk Grove, CA 95758

Saturday, August 30, 2008

10:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Featured Authors:

Jeff Edwards and Robin Burcell

Participating authors:

Lance Armstrong

Marjorie Boehm

Allison Brennan

Bradley Buchanan

Patricia Canterbury

Sue Clark

Peggy Dulle

Lisa Edwards

Ginny Hansen (canceled due to illness)

Tim Herrera

Larry Ukali Johnson-Redd

Karl Kruger

Nan Mahon

William H. McDonald

Robert Winston Mercy

Marilyn Meredith

Shirley Parenteau

Elizabeth Pinkerton

Eva Rutland

John Schembra

Phil Silver

Michele Weiss

Arnie Zimbelman

Help fill the shelves of one of our nation's newest War Veterans Homes.

In mid-April 2007 I put out a request to help fill the shelves of a library at the North West Louisiana War Veterans Home (NWLWVH).  This facility just recently opened, and some good friends of mine were given a tour of the facility.  It really is quite nice.  One friend, Karen, was struck though, by the vast amount of empty space on their library shelves.  Soon afterwards she called and asked if I could help.  That's when the request hit your in-box!

I have to say how thrilled I am that so many of you stepped forward to honor these veterans with copies of your books.  Many of you even went a step further and sent books from your own personal libraries.  We've even had some of our artists and performers contribute copies of their work.  My heart is filled with gratitude and awe.  Thank all of you for honoring these very special veterans who've fought to defend our nation and preserve our liberties.

*Any one still wanting to contribute may do so by contacting me for mailing information.


American Authors Association member Claudia Pemberton writes more than novels.

  Now she's hoping to grant soldier's wish.

Read her story:


“It’s Not Easy Being E”

Grab your umbrella and favorite electronic reading device (a laptop or PDA will do) and head to the great Pacific Northwest for the 8th annual EPIC conference, “It’s Not Easy Being E,” in Portland, Oregon, March 6-9, 2008, at the Lloyd Center Doubletree Inn. This national conference addresses the emerging electronic publishing industry, and attracts publishers, writers and readers of this new medium.

Headlining the conference is luncheon keynote speaker is Michael Powell, owner of Powell’s Books, which lays claims to being the largest independent bookstore in the world. Powell’s is a noted retailer of e-books, as well as new and hard-to-find used books. The Portland conference will feature e-publisher panel discussions and workshops pertaining to publishing and promoting electronic books, new technologies, and genre and publisher-specific topics. There will be an EPPIE book awards ceremony honoring excellence in electronic publishing, and opportunities for social and professional networking.

EPIC, the Electronically Published Internet Connection, is a professional organization for published and contracted e-book and print authors. Established in 1997, EPIC was one of the first advocates of electronic publishing, and has been a strong voice for the industry ever since. Its members write and publish in all literary and non-fiction genres.

For more information on the conference and how to register go to the EPIC website,


If you would like to present a workshop at the EPIC conference or participate in a panel, please contact Joy Clarke at by November 1, 2007, at:

American Author's Association members Mahaila and Danica McKellar announce the release of their new Yoga/Meditation DVD "Daily Dose of Dharma."

The Fine Arts Festival of Elk Grove committee is proud to present a special "Afternoon with the Artists & Authors" Sept 15, 2007!

Hillcrest Book Fair   Sunday June 10th from 10-5

Several San Diego authors share a booth.  While there was good sales for some, many felt it was more geared towards used book sales.  However they did walk away with some leads, so the day was not lost.

Fine Arts Festival of Elk Grove 2007 news


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