Special Event     

Holiday Cheer

Free and open to the public

Sunday, December 5, 2021
12PM – 4PM

  • Free

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

Annual Celebration of Oregon Authors

After great consideration and out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our authors, visitors, and staff, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Holiday Cheer this year. A beloved Portland tradition, Holiday Cheer has celebrated Oregon’s literary talents for over 50 years, and has become our official kick-off to the holiday season at the Oregon Historical Society. While we will miss gathering with our community in December, we look forward to welcoming you all back for this lively celebration and local shopping experience next year – save the date for December 5, 2021!

Ability Accommodation Information

This event provides the following accommodations:

  • Handicap Accessible

2021 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 in both 2020 and 2021 for our rescheduled event on December 5, 2021. The new deadline for submission through the online form below is October 8, 2021, and authors will be notified of their acceptance by October 22, 2021.

Questions? Email: Andrew.VanDerZanden@ohs.org

Please note: 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.

Frequently Asked Questions for Participating Authors

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 22, 2021. At this time, the Oregon Historical Society will ask accepted authors to pay a $25 participation fee, which is due by November 5, 2021. 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, the Society 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 your participation and generosity, all authors will 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 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 their 2020 or 2021 publication that has made that author eligible to participate in the event, and it will be up to the Museum Store staff’s discretion if suggested titles will be ordered. Authors may have up to three titles available, including the 2020 or 2021 publication.

3) How are book sales facilitated?

The Oregon Historical Society will handle all book sales through our 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 12, 2021), and they will be sold through the Museum Store at the event. In the month following the event, the author will be paid by the Oregon Historical Society for 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 in order to ensure fairness between new authors who are showcasing their first 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 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 in order for OHS to process payment. Authors will then take their books with them at the end of the event (unless other arrangements have been made in advance), and will note the number of copies sold so that OHS can process payment.

Books must be delivered to the Oregon Historical Society by November 12, 2021 in order 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!

Do you have additional questions that are not listed here?

Please contact Andrew VanDerZanden at Andrew.VanDerZanden@ohs.org.