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Check out Chad’s award winning novel Me and Bobby McGee

“A masterpiece of comedic literature. This book is not hard to put down … it’s impossible”

– Gary Sorkin (Pacific Literary Reviews)

Me and Bobby McGee is a funny, adventurous, provacative tale that readers will find completely astonishing and utterly entertaining.”

– Melissa Brown Levine (Independent Professional Book Reviewers)

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Available now at these fine stores in the greater Portland area: Jan’s Paperbacks Jacobsen’s Books, St. Johns BooksellersPowell’s Books (Burnside location), Murder By the Book, Broadway Books, and Reading Frenzy 

Also available at (Paperback and Kindle Versions),, and

IPPY Silver Medal Winner!

Winner of the Silver Medal for Best Fiction from the Independent Pulisher Book Awards in the West – Pacific Region

 Recent News!

With extreme pleasure and excitement July 11, 2014 marks the unveiling of the official website for the feature film version of Me and Bobby McGee.
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Updates can also be found at the Me and Bobby McGee Facebook Page and the Man vs Film Productions Facebook Page

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Chad was credited as writer/producer of Man vs Film’s submission, “So You Think You Can Kill”, for The 2013 Portland 48 Hour Film Project. The film picked up the high honor of Audience Choice Award (screening group D) and was selected for the “Best Of Portland” screening night.

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May 17th marks the premier air date of Chad’s interview on “The Author’s Forum” with Dr. Veronica Esagui.  This 30 minute interview will be viewable a number of times throughout the week on channel TVCTV (Oregon City, Milwaukie) & CAN (channel 11 comcast/xfinity, channel 12 frontier FiOS cable – Portland Metro Area).

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Chad was the featured guest on the television show “Back Page” with Jody Seay. During this 30 minute interview, which aired on Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) on February 26th, 2013, Chad discusses some of the inspirations behind Me and Bobby McGee and gives fans insight into his forethcoming projects!

Watch it now!

Man vs Film Productions (Portland, OR) has officially optioned Me and Bobby McGee for a feature film. Award winning director/editor/writer Eric Demerath will be bringing the novel to life on the big screen!

Chad was a writer on the Man vs Film production team in the Portland 48 Hour Film Project competition. The film Jive Genie won the Audience Choice Award (group A) and the Award for Best Special Effects! The film marks the first collaborative effort between Erich Demerath and Chad Coenson.

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 Most Recent Reviews!

“This is one of those books that you have got to read to believe it exists!  This is Coenson’s debut novel.  And what a way to debut!  He just rushed in screaming and I don’t think he will be leaving anytime soon.”

– Norma Wilkinson Wills (Wakela Runen’s World)

Chad Coenson creates an America that is both surreal, and frighteningly all too real, where the comedic and tragic are often one and the same thing… I highly recommend the dark comedic novel Me and Bobby McGee to anyone seeking a novel that is both profound and entertaining in equal portions.”

– Wayne Hurlbert (Blog Business World)

“I have never heard of anyone using this as a basis for a story before, which makes author Chad Coenson, most imaginative and fresh in my opinion.  I look forward to reading more of his writing style and seeing more of his thoughts on paper.”

– Jennifer Chatham (Mad Moose Mama Literary Blog)

“It’s the randomness that made me fall in love with this book, quite nearly from the start. I have to admit it’s a very addictive read. I picked it up and seriously did not want to put it down!”

– Melissa Caldwell  (Must Read Faster)

“I loved this book. Chad’s character really talks the talk”

– April Decheine (April’s Lifestyle Show)

“There are several laugh-out loud moments; at the same time, there are moments which will make you ponder about life and its absurdities. It’s entertaining and thought-provoking – a rare combination indeed.”

 – Misha (My Love Affair With Books)

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Check out the illustrator: E. Cobb Holzer