Featured Stories

Other Pamplin Media Group sites


Brave on the Page tells of the craft and creative life of writing

Several local authors included in book


Lake Oswego writers Jon Bell and Scott Sparling are featured in a new nonfiction book about the craft of writing.

“Brave on the Page: Oregon Writers on Craft and the Creative Life” was released Oct. 8 by Forest Avenue Press, an independent publishing house in Southwest Portland.

Kristen Forbes, the daughter of Lake Oswego Review Editor Martin Forbes, and a Review freelancer, wrote the title essay, by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Laura Stanfill is the editor of 'Brave on the Page,' a book about the craft of writing. It includes works and interviews by 42 Oregon writers.“Brave on the Page,” and Nicole Marie Schreiber of West Linn also contributed an essay, “Starbucks and Sensibility: A Love Story.”

Bell is the author of “On Mount Hood: A Biography of Oregon’s Perilous Peak,” published by Sasquatch Books in 2011. In his “Brave on the Page” interview, he discusses how writing the book changed his perception of Mount Hood; how he compiled the book’s many facts, figures and interviews; and some of the challenges associated with being a fulltime freelance writer.

‘On Mount Hood’ is a relevant read for anyone who has ever climbed Mount Hood, skied there, gasped at it immensity from the plane window, noted ‘the mountain’s out today’ or tasted tap water in the Portland metro area,” wrote Laura Stanfill, the editor of “Brave on the Page,” in the introduction to Bell’s interview.

Sparling’s novel, “Wire to Wire,” earned national acclaim when it was released by Tin House Books in 2011. In “Brave on the Page,” Sparling answers questions about the experience of being on a book tour; how he invented (and then revised) the novel’s unusual, two-tiered structure; and what pieces of music fueled his writing sessions.

“The heady pace of ‘Wire to Wire’, an adrenaline rush of a crime novel, matches the travel on its pages — by train, by Ford Ranchero and by tunneling us into the memories of protagonist Michael Slater,” Stanfill writes in Sparling’s introduction. “Scott spent more than 20 years crafting this book and it seems as if the language itself is in motion, pulling readers forward into the next scene.”

“Brave on the Page” is available through the Espresso Book Machine at the downtown Powell’s Books, 1005 W. Burnside Street, Portland, or online through ondemandbooks.com. Cost is $14. The collection includes interviews and essays with 42 Oregon authors.

For more information, see forestavenuepress.wordpress.com.



Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

56°F

Lake Oswego

Partly Cloudy

Humidity: 90%

Wind: 0 mph

  • 20 Oct 2014

    Partly Cloudy 63°F 52°F

  • 21 Oct 2014

    Mostly Cloudy 64°F 56°F