Clackamas County author Stevan Allred will appear at the Wordstock festival in Portland for a reading at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Also at the Convention Center on Oct. 5, Allred will participate in a panel discussion starting at 3 p.m. titled “Literature Online,” about the risks and benefits of publishing new creative writing on the web. For more information about the festival, visit

Allred released his collection of interwoven short stories, “A Simplified Map of the Real World,” on Sept. 12 through Forest Avenue Press.

by: FILE PHOTO - Stevan AllredLike its author, “A Simplified Map of the Real World” is intense, personal, funny, a little off-the-wall, and based in Estacada. Allred has lived in Estacada since 1996 and is fond of the little melting-pot town that feels “just like America.”

“A Simplified Map of the Real World” is set in Renata, a small town that happens to have the same geography as Estacada. Readers familiar with Estacada will realize that they’ve walked down the same streets and hung out in the same places as the characters.

Like William Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County, Allred said he wanted to invent a place he could “return to as a writer again and again.”

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