I found out about an interesting website last week called Reading Local. As the name suggests, Reading Local is:
a network of websites devoted to promoting local literary communities across the country. There is an amazing amount of literary activity taking place right outside your door. Unfortunately this activity often times goes unnoticed either due to local media's inadequate resources, or inefficient means to get their message out. Reading Local strives to change this. Through our unique platform, Reading Local brings together those seeking to connect with the literary activity taking place in their communities and those who are orchestrating that activity.Currently, the Reading Local website has branches in four cities (Seattle, Portland, Chicago, and Baltimore) with four more city branches launching soon (San Francisco, Austin, Atlanta, Brooklyn). I was quite pleased to find the Portland branch up and running--but then, what else would you expect from the home of Powell's Books?
On the website for each city you can find info on local events, new releases, authors, publishers, bookstores, and all things bookish. Local authors, publishers, etc. can easily use the website to promote their work by uploading information. I'm excited to see if Reading Local will help Madison Street Publishing connect with the Portland community.