The launch of Kait Heacock’s debut collection Siblings and Other Disappointments is almost upon us and I, for one, cannot wait to share it with you. I started at Ooligan in the spring of 2015, the same term that we as a press voted to acquire Siblings, so I’ve been with it since the very beginning of its journey into publishing. It’s a bit of a bittersweet feeling to see the end of a project that we’ve worked so hard on for so long. I am filled to the brim with emotions, but chief among them is an overwhelming sense of pride to at last be able to show the world what we’ve made.
Siblings is so deeply rooted in the cities and towns of the Pacific Northwest and in the experience of living and working and growing up here that, when we started thinking about launching this book, we wanted to make sure our plans likewise embraced the totality of this beautiful region we call home—especially after we learned that Kait would be moving back here from Brooklyn. I hope she’s got gas in her car and good shoes on her feet, because she’s going to be traveling up and down the west coast for the rest of the year. Here’s where you can catch Kait—and maybe even a few Oolies—talking about this remarkable book over the course of the next few months:
- On October 11, Kait will be part of a panel on short stories at San Francisco’s Litquake.
- On October 18, Kait will be speaking on a panel about writers working in publishing-adjacent fields as part of PSU’s Transmit Culture series, followed by a meet and greet at Rogue Hall.
- On October 19, Kait will be joined by Portland author and Powell’s employee Kevin Sampsell for a reading and conversation at Powell’s Books on Hawthorne.
- On October 27, Kait will be reading at Seattle Lit Crawl.
- On November 5, Kait will be reading at Portland’s Wordstock Festival.
. . . plus much more to come. Check in with our Facebook page or follow @ooliganpress or @kaitgetslit on Twitter to stay up to date with our latest happenings. And don’t forget that Siblings and Other Disappointments will be available from the finest online retailers and brick-and-mortar emporiums as of October 11. What’s that? You’re desperate to find out more but you don’t have a link? Don’t say I never do anything for you.