Special Event     

Holiday Cheer

Free and open to the public

Sunday, December 4, 2022
12PM – 4PM

  • Free

Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, Oregon 97205
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Event Type: Special EventLocation: Portland

For over 50 years, the Oregon Historical Society has celebrated the literary talents of Oregonians at this annual holiday book sale and signing. Meet your favorite author and take home a personally signed book for the perfect local holiday gift. Sip on hot cocoa, listen to carols, and get into the spirit of the season as we kick off the holidays at the Oregon Historical Society!

Ability Accommodation Information

This event provides the following accommodations:

  • Handicap Accessible

2022 Application Now Available!

A Note to Authors

Due to the extraordinary circumstances surrounding COVID-19, we will be accepting applications from authors who have published a new book in 2020, 2021, and 2022 for our 2022 Holiday Cheer event. The deadline for submission through the online form below is October 7, 2022, at 5pm. Due to space limitations, we are unable to accept all applicants for this event. We do our very best to have a wide range of genres and subject matters present and work to accommodate as many authors as possible. Authors will be notified of their acceptance to the event by October 14, 2022. At this time, authors will be asked to pay a $25 participation fee, which is due by October 21, 2022.

Questions? Please read our FAQs below the application form or email  Andrew.VanDerZanden@ohs.org

Frequently Asked Questions

1) Why is there a $25 participation fee and when is it due?

Authors will be notified of their acceptance to the event by October 14, 2022. At this time, the Oregon Historical Society will ask accepted authors to pay a $25 participation fee, which is due by October 21, 2022. The Oregon Historical Society requests this entry fee in order to help the Society subsidize some of the costs incurred in ordering books for this special event. Without having these entry fees as part of the event revenue, OHS would be unable to continue producing this event.

We appreciate the support of all of the authors who participate in Holiday Cheer. As a thank you for participating, all authors  receive a one-year family membership to the Oregon Historical Society.

2) Will you carry all three titles that I suggest on my application?

The Oregon Historical Society invites all authors to suggest a maximum of three titles to have available at Holiday Cheer; however we will likely not be able to order all three titles due to shipping costs. For all participants, OHS will order at minimum the 2020, 2021, or 2022  publication that has made an author eligible to participate in the event, and it will be up to the OHS Museum Store staff’s discretion to order additional suggested titles. Authors may have up to three titles available, including the 2020/2021/2022 publication. If the OHS Museum Store is unable to order suggested titles, the author is welcome to bring up to two additional titles to sell at the event. All books that will be sold at Holiday Cheer must be approved in advance and delivered to the Oregon Historical Society by November 14, 2022.

3) How are book sales facilitated?

The Oregon Historical Society will handle all book sales through the OHS Museum Store. OHS will carry at minimum the author’s latest title, which will either be ordered directly through the publisher, or will be provided by the author, according to the preference noted on the author’s application.

For authors who have noted on their application that they will provide their own copies for sale at the event, books must be delivered to the Oregon Historical Society in advance (by November 14, 2022) to be sold through the OHS Museum Store at the event. In the month following the event, the Oregon Historical Society will pay the author 60% of all retail sales, no exceptions. Please see Question 5 for more details if you would like to provide your own copies for sale at the event.

4) Can I suggest that you carry more than three titles?

OHS limits the number of titles per author to a maximum of three to ensure fairness between new authors who have only one published work and those who have a long list of publications. While we would love to have everyone’s books available for sale, fairness and space limitations make a cap of three books per author necessary to make this event successful.

5) What do I need to know if I am planning to provide my own copies of my book(s)?

Authors are welcome to provide copies of their books to sell through the OHS Museum Store at the event. All titles to be sold at the event must be approved in advance by Oregon Historical Society staff. If an author plans to provide copies of their own book, they will need to note this on their application. A W9 must also be submitted with their application for OHS to process payment. Authors are expected to take any unsold books home with them at the end of the event (unless other arrangements have been made in advance), and will note the number of copies sold prior to leaving the event so that OHS can process payment.

Books must be delivered to the Oregon Historical Society by November 14, 2022, to provide time for inventory and set up. Books can be delivered by hand or shipped to the address below:

Oregon Historical Society
Attn: Andrew VanDerZanden – Holiday Cheer
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

Authors who choose to provide copies of their book(s) must submit a W9 by November 12, 2021. Completed W9 forms can be dropped off when books are delivered, or mailed to the Oregon Historical Society to the attention of Andrew VanDerZanden.

6) I have noted on my application that I would provide copies of my book for sale at the event – how many copies should I deliver to OHS?

It is always hard to gauge book sales for each author – with 90 authors participating each year, some authors may sell five copies at the event, while others may sell 50! Depending on your own personal inventory, we recommend bringing anywhere from 15-30 copies to make available for sale.

Of course, if you have sold more than 30 copies at a previous event, or would just like to be on the safe side, you are more than welcome to bring additional – just don’t forget that all books must be delivered to the Oregon Historical Society by November 12, 2021 to allow OHS staff the time to inventory and set up the event.

7) I am an Oregon author, but my book is not about history – can I still participate?

Absolutely! We have authors of all genres represented at Holiday Cheer, from cookbooks to children’s books to guidebooks and more!