The Girls of Summer

While some of us may hold fond memories of cutting out early for Summer Fridays—a cherished New York publishing tradition—the summer season at GFP is looking busy, busy, busy. Good thing we like it that way. First up, in July I’ll be attending PNWA to do a panel called “The Author Platform: Social Media Dos and Don’ts” with my good friend Lucy Silag of Book Country. You can catch us from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 18, in Emerald Ballroom E. Lucy and I have known each other for about a decade (since I took over her job at Doubleday after she was promoted), and we’re both authors as well as publishing professionals. We’ve each seen the industry from numerous angles over the years and love sharing what we’ve learned.

My wonderful agent, Carly Watters, will also be in town for the conference, and it will be the first time we’ve met in person so I’m especially excited.

A full listing of programs can be found here.


July 16–19, 2015


SeaTac Hilton Hotel and Conference Center

17620 International Blvd

Seattle, WA 98188


Pricing (rates are valid until 6/30/15):

  • $495 member rate

  • $595 non-member rate

That very same week, GFP will be hosting our second annual fundraiser. This year’s event will benefit Mary’s Place, a very worthy local organization that provides support and shelter to homeless women and children and families in emergency situations. You can read more about the organization here and donate here.

Later on this summer, GFP will be hosting the inaugural Girl Friday Presents stage as part of Bumbershoot’s Words & Ideas program.

We’re going to be featuring three panels:

“Parenting with a Past with Michelle Tea and Jerry Stahl.” Two writers discuss their journeys from life on the edge to life as devoted parents. 5:30 p.m., Saturday, September 5, in the Charlotte Martin Theatre.

Michelle Tea is the author of multiple books and founder of Mutha Magazine. Her newest book is How to Grow Up: A Memoir. Jerry Stahl is a screenwriter and author. His newest book is OG Dad: Weird Shit Happens When You Don’t Die Young.

“Scary Feminist with Peaches, Chelsea Cain, and Mandy Stadtmiller.” Three iconoclastic women delve headfirst into sex, gore, and feminism. 5:30 p.m., Sunday, September 6, in the Charlotte Martin Theatre.

Chelsea Cain is a New York Times bestselling author of horror novels that turn the genre on its ear. Her newest book is One Kick. Peaches is a pop culture icon. Her latest project is the book What Else Is in the Teaches of Peaches. Mandy Stadtmiller is a writer and comedian. She is the editor-at-large at xoJane and is host of the News Whore podcast.

“Writing the Northwest with Timothy Egan, Brian Doyle, and Jamie Ford.” KUOW’s Marcie Sillman will lead a discussion among three award-winning authors on the role of place in their writing and how their disparate backgrounds influence their take on the Northwest. 5:30 p.m., Monday, September 7, in the Charlotte Martin Theatre.

Timothy Egan is a Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times contributor and the author of seven books, including The Big Burn. Brian Doyle is the editor of Portland Magazine and the author of Mink River. His newest book is Martin Marten. Jamie Ford is the New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. His newest book is Songs of Willow Frost.

The full lineup for Words & Ideas can be found here, and tickets can purchased here.

Hope to see you around this summer!