Susan DeFreitas

“One of 25 Oregon Writers Every Oregonian Must Read”
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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. Born and raised in rural west Michigan, she spent fourteen years in the high country of Arizona before moving to Portland, Oregon, where she has lived since 2009. An award-winning author and editor, her work has been featured in over 30 magazines, journals, and anthologies. She enjoys mysterious books, strange weather, thinking machines, and sketchy characters.

She writes science fiction under SDeFreitas Timmons.


6:30 pm–HPL, 415 S State St, Hart, MI 49420

I’ll be reading at my hometown library. What fun! As a kid, I read my way through every section of this library (which gave me a better education in publishing than most writers have the benefit of). Now I get to read a book of my own! Yay for libraries! Yay for librarians! Yay for me, getting to share my work back home.

2:00 pm–243 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684

During my senior year, I boarding school at the Interlochen Arts Academy, and the highlight of my week was the trip into “town” (Traverse City), when was when I made my weekly pilgrimage to Horizon Books, my first “real” independent bookstore–one of the best in the country, and still one of my most favorite places in the world to be. How lovely to have an author event in the place that has given me some of the best books of my life.

5:30 pm–8744 Ferry St, Montague, MI 49437

West Michigan friends! If you can’t make it to my event at the Hart Public Library, I hope you can make it to this one–and plan to stay for the jazz. =)

7:00 pm– 8 NE Killingsworth St.

I’ll be the guest reader for the Portland State University MFA program’s special horror-themed reading, in observance of Halloween. =)

7:30 pm @ Corkscrew Wine Bar, 1665 SE Bybee Blvd, Portland, OR 97202

I’m pleased to be joining Kathlene Postma in for this special fairy tale-themed literary event. I’ll be reading from “In Floating Fields,” a retold fairy tale from a in progress, a collection of speculative tales.

I’m doing at pop-up reading at Wordstock! Time TBA. Venue: Portland Art Museum
7:30 pm @ Post 134, 2104 NE Alberta St Portland, Oregon, OR 97211

To say I’m a music enthusiast doesn’t quite begin to cut it, and for the last year, Songbook PDX has been slaying me at each and every event. Strong, affecting, literary, personal, all the pieces read at Songbook PDX centrally concern a song. I’m thrilled to be joining the lineup in November. (Prime candidate for my essay, at the moment, is The Doors’ Morrison Hotel–it was stuck in the tape player of my car in high school for a good year.)

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