Monthly Archives: July 2011

Coasting to greatness

Want to head to the Oregon Coast for a reason other than, hell, it’s the Oregon Coast and it’s gorgeous?
Try Oregon Writers Colony Founders Day celebration at Rockaway Beach, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13 and 14.
Saturday’s events include a free reading by Paulann Petersen, Oregon poet laureate, and Barbara Pope, author of “Cezanne’s Quarry” and “The Blood of Lorriane.” This takes place at the Rockaway Beach Library, followed by the dedication of a poetry pole and an open house at Colonyhouse, OWC’s writers’ retreat.
A full day of events will be held Sunday at Rockaway City Hall. I’m up first, and hilariously, the founders ID me as, “Dana Haynes, humorist and author of ‘Crashers,’ winner of the Spotted Owl Award.”
I love, love love! getting tagged as a humorist. Of course, it’s true that I kill 111 people in the second chapter of “Crashers,” but hey! These things happen!
“Humorist and homicidal maniac Dana Haynes will kick off the event. Prepare to laugh! He’ll slaughter you! He kills! He’ll have ’em dyin’ in the aisles!”
The keynote speaker is another guy like me who came out of newspapers: R. Gregory Nokes, former reporter for The Oregonian and author of “Massacred for Gold: The Chinese in Hells Canyon.” I’m assuming it’s a musical comedy.
Afternoon round table discussions will cover everything from poetry and e-books to mystery and creative nonfiction. A reception and tour of Colonyhouse will be offered at 4:15 p.m.
Cost for Sunday’s events is $40 per person or $55 per couple. For more information or to register for Sunday’s events, go to the Colony’s webiste or contact Marlene Howard online at

Facebook fan page

A reminder that I’m now blogging over at Facebook. You also can find me on Twitter and Goodreads.

A classic!

Best mystery I have read this calendar year was written in 1931! Philip MacDonald’s “The Crime Conductor.” MacDonald wrote in a light, effervescent style, perfectly willing to use quips, quotes and wordplay to keep his audience entertained.

The novel features many of the same characters, including Col. Anthony Gethryn, who star in the 1959 novel, “The List of Adrian Messenger,” which I list as my all-time-favorite whodunit.

What’s the best mystery you read this year.

(A note that I’m now writing on my new Facebook fan page. Check it out.)

Going Coastal

I will be one of several writers appearing Aug. 13-14 at The Oregon Writers Colony’s Founders Day celebration in Rockaway, Ore. Check out their website to check out the slate of speakers.

Migrating to Facebook

I have created a Fan Page over at Facebook for “Crashers” and “Breaking Point.” I’m going to move my regular blog over there in the not-too-distant future. Come find me, ‘Kay?

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