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2021 Florence Festival of Books


Good morning!

Mark your calendars! This Saturday is the Florence Festival of Books. I hesitated to write about this before because I was worried that the event would be cancelled due to the current coronavirus surge in Oregon. However, I received an email this morning from the event sponsor and we’re still good to go.

As my regular followers are aware, I’m a big fan of the Florence Festival of Books. It’s one of the largest annual book festivals on the Oregon coast. The first annual event just happened to be in 2011 which was the year I published my first full length book, Shipwrecks of Coos County (Arcadia Publishing). I had good timing! Because of this I can proudly say that I have had a booth at every Florence Festival of Books.

Last year (2020) would have been the 10th annual event but it was cancelled due to the coronavirus. As I mentioned earlier, I was worried that year’s event would be cancelled as well– especially since we’re int he middle of a virus surge– but they’re going forward with the event. In order to keep everyone safe, there will be some additional rules and restrictions. For instance, everyone– both attendees and authors/publishers– will be required to wear masks. They’re also encouraging us to have hand sanitizer available at our booths and the event hosts will be setting up hand sanitizer stations throughout the building.

The Florence Festival of Books is a great venue. Every year it gets a little bit bigger. The majority of the booths are for authors, but there are usually a few publishers as well. One of my favorite parts is the diversity. The event draws a mix of traditional and independent (self) published authors who represent a variety of genres and reading levels. 

My booth at the 2019 Florence Festival of Books.

Since I usually attend the events alone, I don’t get a lot of time to wander through the booths. But the venue does provide volunteers that are available to watch your booth for short periods of time. I like to take advantage of this opportunity to walk around, say hello to the authors I know, and purchase a few new books for my personal collection. 

There’s something for everyone! During past events, I’ve visited with fellow authors that write books for kids through adults, fiction and non-fiction, and a variety of genres. My personal favorites are local history, science-fiction, and I have a soft spot for children’s books (I have a healthy inner child!). But, the event draws a variety of other genres as well includes graphic novels, romance, and mystery.


The Florence Festival of Books is held at the Florence Events Center which is located at 715 Quince Street in Florence, Oregon. It’s a two day event.

On Friday night (September 17th, 2021) they will have a presentation featuring Melody Carlson as the keynote speaker. There will also be an educational panel featuring local authors Bob Welch and Bill Sulllivan.

The actual book fair will be held this Saturday, September 18th from 10 am until 4 pm. Attendance is free, but there will be numerous books available for sale. They also have a small cafe that sells food and drinks.

If you’re in the area, please stop by my booth and say hello! If you mention this blog post then I’ll give you a 25% discount toward the purchase of any of my autographed books.

i hope to see you there!

~ H. S. Contino

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Liquidation Sale (Save up to 50% off!)

 Good afternoon,

I usually try to put a positive spin on my posts, but the truth is that the past year and a half have been incredibly difficult. In addition to my writing and running my home-based crafting business, I usually have a part time job. Book and crafts sales can vary a lot from month to month, so it’s good to have a steady source of income. Unfortunately, I lost two jobs last year due to the pandemic.

Once again, I tried to remain optimistic. I used my additional free time to catch up on projects around my house, make new craft inventory, and work on editing the manuscripts of two novels.

Editing in progress…

Understandably, with everything that has been going on over the past year and a half, people have mostly been spending their money on essentials. And for most people this doesn’t include books or handmade crafts. As a result, my sales have nose dived.

With all of this in mind, I’ve decided to have a liquidation sale in my Etsy shop, Reprieve’s Corner. From now through August 1st, 2021, all of my crafts and craft supplies are 50% off and autographed copies of my books are 10% off. Free shipping on orders of $35 or more (US only).

Here’s hoping that from now on things start looking up!

As always, thank you for reading and for supporting my creative efforts. I really appreciate it!

~ H. S. Contino

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Just a quick post to let everyone know that I’m running a promotion in my Etsy store, Reprieve’s Corner. From now through September 6th, you can save 25% off store wide. This includes signed copies of my books!

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. Despite all the craziness going on in the world, we’ve been having some really gorgeous weather here on the Oregon coast. I enjoy opening most of the windows in my house to let in the fresh breeze. I’ve also been enjoying extra long walks with my Labrador, Loki.

Until next time!

~ H. S. Contino

Loki Swimming at the Lake, August 2020
Loki Swimming at the Lake, August 2020

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Etsy Sale!

Like many people around the world, the ongoing coronavirus crisis has had a big impact on my finances. Under normal conditions, I have three jobs (one traditional and two freelance). I work part time at a local public library, I write and sell my books (which includes giving book talks and history lectures), and I run a handmade craft business (which includes selling items both online and at local markets).

Since mid-March, all three of my jobs have come to a screeching halt. Technically, I still have books and crafts listed online; but, people have been more focused on purchasing staples and paying their basic bills.

In an attempt to (hopefully) get more online sales, I’m running several promotions through June 25th in my Etsy shop, Reprieve’s Corner:

25% Off Autographed Copies of My Books

30% Off of All Handmade Crafts and Craft Supplies

50% Off of items in my Clearance Section

Additionally, I’m offering free shipping on orders of $35 or more (US customers only).

Please, feel free to check out my Etsy shop and take advantage of these discounts.

Thank you! Stay healthy everyone!

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Book Sale!

Just a quick post to let everyone know that I’m offering a discount in my online Etsy shop. From now until March 27th, you can save 25% off of signed copies of my most recent book, “Shipwrecks of Curry County.”


“Shipwrecks of Curry County” is a follow up book to “Shipwrecks of Coos County” (Arcadia 2011). While the Coos county book covered the area just north of Lakeside to just south of Bandon, the newer book picks up where it left off and continues south to the Oregon-California state border.

Both books cover roughly the same time period (late 1800’s through today) and depict the transition from sail to steam powered to motor vessels that operated on the southern Oregon coastline. The shipwrecks discussed include a variety of types of ships– both large ocean faring vessels and small river boats– and they ran into trouble in a variety of ways. While some of the stories are tragedies, there are other stories where the mariners simply had a bad day but everything worked out in the end.

Both books were published as part of Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America” series. Unlike traditional history books where you get mostly text and just a few photographs, the series uses a balance of text and images to tell the stories. Each book contains approximately 200 photographs. Most are historical, but in some cases I was able to take updated photographs of the shipwrecks (the ones that are still around) and include them in the books.

Save 25% Off of Signed Copies of “Shipwrecks of Curry County” by H. S. Contino

I sign and date all of the books that I sell. Please let me know if you’d like me to add a personalized message or address the book to someone in particular.

Thank you!

~ H. S. Contino

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Upcoming Author Talk

Hello everyone!

I hope that your new year is off to a great start.

I just wanted to let everyone know that I’ll be giving an author talk later this month. It will be at the Siuslaw Public Library in Florence, Oregon on Saturday, February 22nd at 1 pm.

I’m calling my presentation “Shipwrecks of the Oregon Coast.” Since I’ve researched and written about shipwrecks in both Coos and Curry counties, I’ll discuss some of the most interesting wrecks in both geographical areas. I’ll also compare the counties and the reasons why each had so many maritime accidents over the years.

I’ll speak for around 45 minutes and then have a Q & A session. I’ll also have signed copies of my books available for sale. The library also has the books available for check out.

So, if you’re in the area and looking for a Saturday afternoon activity, please feel free to attend.

Until next time!

H. S. Contino