Susan DeFreitas

“One of 25 Oregon Writers Every Oregonian Must Read”
The Oregonian

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Hot Season

Winner of a 2017 Gold IPPY Award.

“Earth-shatteringly good.”
—Read It Forward

“A stunning book.”
—Rene Denfeld, author of The Enchanted

“Fucking fantastic.”
—Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Book of Joan

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City of Weird

Set in Portland, Oregon, these thirty original stories blend imagination, literary writing, and pop culture into a cohesive weirdness that honors the city’s personality, its bookstores and bridges and solo volcano, as well as the tradition of sci-fi pulp magazines.

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Susan DeFreitas has never been able to choose between fantasy and reality, so she lives and writes in both. A first-generation American of Caribbean descent, she was born and raised in rural Michigan and spent fourteen years in the high country of Arizona before moving to Portland, Oregon, in 2009, where she serves as a collaborative editor with Indigo Editing. She is the author of the novel Hot Season, which won the 2017 Gold IPPY Award for Best Fiction of the Mountain West; her fiction, nonfiction, and poetry has been featured (or is forthcoming from) The Writer’s Chronicle, The Huffington Post, The Utne Reader, Story Magazine, Southwestern American Literature, Weber—The Contemporary West, Daily Science Fiction, and more than twenty other publications. She writes science fiction under SDeFreitas Timmons and shares works in progress through Patreon.


3:00 p.m, Lincoln City Library

Oregon Legacy is the oldest continuously-running author series on the Oregon Coast, and I’m thrilled to be included this year. Past presenters have included Ursula K Leguin, Smith Henderson, Lidia Yuknavitch, Willy Vlautin, Brian Doyle, Gov. Barbara Roberts, Naseem Rakha, Gina Oschner, Garth Stein, Kate Wilhelm and Whitney Otto.

2:00 p.m, Newport Library

I’ll be presenting a workshop entitled Writing the Natural World for the Newport chapter of the Willamette Writers. More details soon!

7:30 p.m, Powell’s City of Books

Join us for the Portland launch of Anca Szilagi’s stunning debut novel, DAUGHTERS OF THE AIR, which Shelf Awareness calls, “A striking debut from a writer to watch…gritty yet gorgeous, severe yet convivial, as it navigates uncertain times in a treacherous world.” 

I’ll be presenting a class on marketing and publicity for small-press and self-published authors at Clackamas Community College’s Compose conference–time TBA.

I’ll be part of the Columbia Center for the Arts’s Author Fair, time TBA.

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