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See also Pam’s teaching dates.

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Past Appearances:

MAY, 2013

May 2nd:  Texas Tech Creative Writing Reader’s Series.  Lubbock, Texas

May 3rd:  Dallas Friends of the Library Reading Series.  Dallas, Texas

May 10th: The Spa At Lake Austin, Austin, Texas

May 17-19:  Northern Arizona Book Fest, Flagstaff, AZ

May 19:  Peregrine Book Company, Prescott AZ

May 31-June 3:  Raft the San Juan River with Pam and the Western Colorado Writers’ Forum (sign up:

JUNE, 2013

June 7th: Launch party of the issue of the Whitefish Review that Pam guest edited, Whitefish, MT

June 16-20:  Aspen Summer Words, Aspen, CO

June 30-July 5:  Pam and Cheryl Strayed at Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

July, 2013

July 6-13:  Pam in Queretaro, Mexico at Other Voices Conference, Queretaro, MX

July 13-19: Taos Writer’s Conference, Taos, NM

August, 2013

August 18-23:  Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, Mass

September, 2013

September 12:  Crested Butte, Colorado

October, 2013

October 1: Chautauqua Institute in Boulder, Colorado

October 4-6: Brattleboro Literary Festival, Brattleboro, Vermont

October  12:  Reading with Greg Glazner at the Writers Workshoppe, Port Townsend, Washington

October 16: Reading with singer songwriter Emma Hill at Tomales Bay Writers Conference, Marconi Center, Marshall, California.

October 25: High Plains Book Festival Reading, Billings, Montana.

November 2013

November 1-3: John R. Milton Writers Conference, Vermillion, South Dakota

January 2014:

Blue Flower Arts Writers Conference, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FLA, Jan 4-10

Pacific University Low Residency MFA Program in Seaside, OR, Jan 10-19

Hugo House, Seattle Washington, class and reading, Jan 24-25

February 2014:

AWP Conference, various panels and readings, Seattle, Washington, Feb 27-March 2

March 2014:

Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham, OR, March 3, Noon

Writing By Writers Boulder Workshop, Boulder, CO, March 14-16 With Ben Percy and BK Loren

McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA, March 29th, 7pm, Ralph Squires Recital Hall

April 2014:

The Writer’s Workshoppe, reading and class, with Lidia Yuknavitch, Port Townsend, WA, April 5-6

May 2014:

Weber Pathways Event, Ogden Utah, May 2

Grub Street’s Muse and the Marketplace Conference, May 3-4, Boston, Mass

October 2014:

Writing By Writers@Tomales Bay, Oct 20-25

Agnes Scott College, Decatur GA, OCt 26-Nov 2

November 2014:

Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana, Nov 2-3

Red Hen Press’s  Gala Fundraiser, Pasadena, CA,  Nov 16

All Things Great and Small Conference, UC Davis, Nov 17

January 2015:  

Pacific University Low Residency MFA Program in Seaside, Oregon, Jan 8-18

The Writer’s Workshoppe, reading and class, with Lidia Yuknavitch, Port Townsend, WA, January 25-26

April 2015:

Writing By Writers@Boulder, reading and class with Gary Ferguson and Alan Heathcock, April 17-19

Adventure Travel Stories.  April 22, 2015 from 7 pm – 9 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, April 22nd, 2015 7-9 pm, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, California 94941 415-389-4292 Free. Advance registration recommended.

Reading: Butte College, Chico, CA, April 24

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40 thoughts on “Appearances

  1. Hi Ms. Pam Houston,

    I’m hoping to meet you at the Davis Public Library. I am working on a low residence creative writing course through Easter Kentucky University and just read two of you books for a class. It was exciting to find out that you work at UC Davis. I am currently employed at Solano Community College as a counselor. In any case, I’m not a cowboy but have spent some years hiking through the US in some similar places: Idaho, Washington State and a few fires in Montana.
    If for some reason I don’t get to speak with you, I’m hoping that there will be another opportunity to do so. I like the way that you embrace the outdoors in your stories.
    All the best,

  2. Hi Pam,
    I attended the writers’ workshop at your ranch nearly 10 years ago in September 2011. Do you have any readings scheduled in Boulder in 2011, prior to the release of your new book? If so I’d love to attend.

    Anita Pedersen-Smith

    • Hey look! There you are, and I just saw you in Boulder tonight. So glad you found out about the reading, since I am obviously a little tardy getting back to you here!

  3. Pam, Please come back to Nevada City/Grass Valley for a visit, talk, read. Love your books, can’t wait for Contents May Have Shifted!!!!
    a huge fan

      • Thanks so much for letting me know you will be in Nevada County May 15. Do you know where you will be speaking? Just picked up my copy of Contents May Have Shifted this afternoon! Cannot wait to read it. Lee

  4. So glad to hear of your upcoming work — I love your style, and enjoyed hearing you read excerpts! So few authors these days make me laugh and cry and think — you are one of the best. Thanks!

  5. Hey Pam,

    My name is Juli Winthers and I am the adult programming coordinator here at the Sublette County Library in Pinedale, Wyoming. You have lots of fans here inthis neck of the woods. Any chance you’d be interested in coming to our library for a book talk/signing/workshop?

    I look forward to hearing from you!

    Juli Winthers

    • I could probably be talked into coming to Wyoming. I was thinking about a little camping with the dogs up that way this summer. I will send you an email to that address…thanks for asking.

  6. I see that you are scheduled to be at the Tattered Cover in Denver, CO on Feb. 15th. Are you going to be in Colorado for a few days and available for other events?

    • Hi Laurie, sorry I missed this until now. This trip to the Denver/Boulder area is pretty packed in here, but I spend a lot of days in Denver over the course of a year, and I would love to hear what you have in mind. Pam

  7. I would love to know if you have any upcoming workshops in 2012.
    Can’t wait to read your new book too!

    • Hi Nancy,

      If you look on the teaching page it will show you the three places I am teaching this summer that are open to the public. Hope that helps. Pam

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    • You know I have great affection for Columbus Ohio because of my years at Denison, but not so far, no appearances in Ohio at all.

  10. Hi Pam,
    I’m excited to read your new book, which I’ve just ordered. My son, Blake (the quarterback I wrote about ions ago at your writing workshop at Hollister Ranch), is now at Colorado University, an English Litt major and president of the CU English Honors Society. He’s trying to put together a weekend writing workshop at CU, either this spring or next fall, and wondered if you’d be interested in making an appearance or even teaching a segment. Blake hopes to meet you at your book signing in Boulder on the 16th. I doubt you’ll ever make it to Fresno, but I will try to get over to Capitola on the 21st.
    Happy Travels!

    • Hi Jennifer. I met Blake tonight. What an endearing young man. I told him to email me about next fall. Hope to see you in Capitola! Pam

  11. I never though I’d say this in reference to where I live, but you need to come east. Kansas City would love to have you and I’m pretty sure Rainy Day Books would host (though I am in no way affiliated with them).

  12. So happy to see you are coming to Austin in May! My sister gave me a copy of Cowboys are my Weakness at least 15 years ago and it helped me deal with some pretty rough times. Have enjoyed everything since.

    • Hi Carol. Yes, I am looking forward to my high speed trip to Austin. Only 24 hours, but I am going to make the most of it! See you there, Pam

  13. Thanks for “Contents May Have Shifted”. I enjoyed it thoroughly and learned about two things I didn’t know existed: sky burials (terrible and a little bit beautiful) and sand waves (beautiful and maybe just a bit terrible). Can’t wait to check out “Cowboys are My Weakness”.

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    • Hey there. I was there last month. If I kept up on this page I might have been able to catch you. Nothing in the near future. But I will be in Provincetown this summer, and at Northshire books in Vermont.

  15. Dear Pam.

    I don’t know how properly to view you my gratitude, especially as I don’t normally do your language and are not a costumed to approach famous authors. I do not know any other way than to invite you, as a perfect stranger, in to my life. Whenever, if you could find it convenient, you are always welcome to wherever my home and my life is. -That at this moment is in an Island outside Tromsø, Norway.

    Your book is my first ever red in English. As not being able to get a hold of any translations after Cowboys are my Weakness, I had no other choice then to order your books to our public library and start my English reading. It was much challenge for my just to get through your translated book in Norwegian as I am dyslectic and had just started to read one year ago at the age of 43. But when it came to your reading nothing could stop me. Thank you so much my dear, I’ve really enjoyed your company. I feel you are my twin sister, my soul mate, my lost family and my best friend. Looking forward to read your books for the rest of my life. At last, a perfect relationship.

    I have a friend here in Tromsø that has inspiring writing courses, and another friend in charge of developing a new outherhouse in town; they might have some ideas how to get you this far north. What would you say to a weekend workshop or something?


    • Hi Benedicte,

      What A lovely email. I am so moved to think that you worked so hard to read in English just for me. I would love to come to Norway and teach some of your friends if it could ever work out. I was there once a long time ago, before I was a published writer, and I remember so well the train ride to Bergen, and all the beauty there. I would love to see it again. Thanks for writing. Are you on Facebook at all? If you are we could communicate there and perhaps I could find a way to attach a trip to Norway to another Europe teaching trip in the not so distant future. With gratitude for your friendship, Pam

  16. Hi Ms. Houston,

    I just read your article, “Get Dumped? Good! Now Pull Yourself Together.” I am currently experiencing the worst heartache of my life and no matter how much I try, I can’t pull myself together. I was happily planning a wedding and a life with the love of my life and now I’m lucky if I go a few hours without thinking about jumping into oncoming traffic. I want to thank you for writing that article and also commend you for being able to get past the heartache you felt, as described in the article. If you hae any more words of wisdom, I would be honored to read them! I want my life back but I don’t see myself having a life anymore.

    • Hi Vannessa, Well, a lot of months have gone by since you wrote this email and I hope with all my heart you have your life back by now. I bet you do. Take care, Pam

  17. Hi Pam, I just moments ago finished Sight Hound, a book read many years ago and adored by my wife and I wanted to thank you for the gift. I thoroughly enjoyed it on numerous levels. My wife and I are absolute nuts for the Vizsla breed and contend they teach us things every day that are important and special. We can relate with Rae completely as we had to put Lady down at 10 yrs old, 2 years ago after a long year fight with cancer and it was the most horrible pain we’ve ever experienced. But the grace of your writing, your story-telling skill, and your wonderful character development are on stunning display in the book and I had to write to say “thank you” and I can’t wait to pick up your next book! I hope you come to the NYC) area some day so we can meet! Keep writing and sharing your tremendous talent with us, and of course, keep honoring the Dantes and RoseBeasts of our world!! My very best, Michael Hess, Katonah NY

    • Hi Michael, thanks for your note. I am sorry about Lady, but I wish you lots more dog-related happiness in your life. I am about to get a new puppy next week. Here we go again! Pam

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