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A Series of Small Maneuvers Receives the Readers Choice Award

Wow! The readers have spoken! A Series of Small Maneuvers has received the 2017 Oregon Book Awards Readers Choice Award. Congrats to all the Oregon Book Award recipients!

New Interview in Eleven PDX Magazine

Eleven PDX Magazine was kind enough to feature me in their Literary Arts section. We talked about “gritty realism,” A Series of Small Maneuvers, the Oregon Book Awards, and what I’m working on next.

A SERIES OF SMALL MANEUVERS Named an Oregon Book Award Finalist

Big news! A Series of Small Maneuvers has been named a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards. Winners will be announced at the 3oth annual Oregon Book Awards ceremony on Monday, April 24, 2017 at the Gerding Theater in Portland. In the meantime, be sure to check out the full list of nominees in all the categories. And if you enjoyed Small Maneuvers, please consider giving it your vote for the Readers Choice Award.

Check Out This Thoughtful Review of SMALL MANEUVERS

Check out this thoughtful review of A Series of Small Maneuvers from Chelsea Gillenwater at Blackbird, Virginia Commonwealth University’s online literary journal. Gillenwater calls the novel “a fantastic survival story told with style and heart” and “an engrossing, moving portrait of grief.”

SMALL MANEUVERS Discussion Guide

Interested in a A Series of Small Maneuvers Discussion Guide for your classroom or your book club? Well, here ya go! SMALL MANEUVERS Discussion Guide

New Short Story at BULL {Men's Fiction}

BULL {Men’s Fiction} has published “Quarry Day,” my latest short story. It’s a story about youth, patience, rocks, and love. Give it a read!

A SERIES OF SMALL MANEUVERS Wins the Reading the West Award

The Mountain & Plains Independent Booksellers Association has awarded A Series of Small Maneuvers the 2015 Reading the West Award in Children’s/YA Literature. Congratulations to S.M. Hulse (Black River) and Lesley Poling-Kempes (Ladies of the Canyons), the winners in Fiction and Nonfiction!


Huffington Post blogger and YA author Melanie Bishop says A Series of Small Maneuvers is one of the best books she’s read this year, “in any genre.” Click here for her full review.