Multnomah County Library and Ooligan Press partner to print "The Gifts We Keep"

Local author’s work transforms from draft to e-book to printed edition with Library Writers Project 

PORTLAND, Ore. — April 16, 2019 — For the first time, Multnomah County Library and Ooligan Press have worked together to bring a Portland author’s novel to the printed page. The Gifts We Keep by Katie Grindeland was first added to the library’s collection as an e-book as part of the Library Writers Project in 2016.

The Library Writers Project began in 2015 as a way to showcase and support local writers and bolster the library’s collection of e-book titles. Now in its fourth year, the Library Writers Project has been recognized by the Urban Libraries Council for its innovative approach to enhancing the library’s collection. Since the effort began, the library has received more than 300 submissions and included 88 new e-books in its collection, which have been checked out more than 15,000 times. To date, those authors’ exposure has been limited to e-book readers.

The Gifts We Keep, among the most popular titles offered through the Library Writers Project, is the story of a family struggling with its past. The book is available for loan at all Multnomah County Library locations and is for sale at select bookstores. 

"Without this program through Multnomah County Library, my book would still be sitting at home in a binder somewhere," said author Katie Grindeland. I think there are probably a number of writers who, for whatever reason, haven't been able to get their work into the world, and this program helps bridge the gap between enthusiastic writers and willing readers. The reception to my work has been extremely validating, and I'm exceptionally grateful for this opportunity." 

Read more about writing, reading, inspiration and The Gifts We Keep in a blog post by Katie

“This partnership is a great example of what local partnerships can bring the literary community—local author, local library, local publisher,” said Ooligan Press Publisher Abbey Gaterud. “It's hard for first-time authors to break through to a wider audience, so we're proud to be a springboard for Multnomah County authors to find more fans and to engage with readers beyond the library's reach."

The library will accept additional submissions to the Library Writers Project through three electronic self-publishing platforms: Smashwords, Kobo Writing Life and Draft2Digital again next fall.