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44 Oregon Authors to Sign Books at Eugene Fair

By William Sullivan

 Many of the 44 Oregon authors presenting recent books at the Authors & Artists Fair this Saturday are pushing boundaries.

Susan Applegate, for example, is best known for her moody paintings that reflect Oregon’s landscape and history. This year the birth of a grandchild inspired her to apply her art to a children’s book, “This Mother’s Heart.” The book compares in rhyme how animal and human parents raise their young, and concludes with a grandmother’s wish coming true.

John Daniel of Elmira has twice won the Oregon Book Award for creative nonfiction, but this year he has ventured afield to publish his first novel. “Gifted” is a coming-of-age story about a boy who escapes his abusive father by trekking into the wilds of Oregon’s Coast Range.

Gary Cornelius has similarly leapt headlong into fiction. His first novel, “Crashing Through the Underbrush” was very closely based on his 28-year career as an Oregon public mental health worker. His 2014 memoir, “Dancing With Gogos,” was a factual account of his Peace Corps stint among the Zulus of South Africa. His new novel, “Chasing Ivory,” is a completely fictional mystery about an ivory smuggling ring in Alaska. Still, the story rings true because Cornelius mixes in experiences collected from the year he spent as a taxicab driver on the graveyard shift in Anchorage.

Eugene history is the theme of several new nonfiction books. Lynn Ash has previously published two memoirs about her wanderlust adventures, camping and exploring in the backwoods. With this year’s new title, “Eugeneana,” however, she returns to her hometown roots, recalling what it was like to grow up in 1960s Eugene as the daughter of parents who ran a local grocery.

Pat Edwards has always been interested in local history, publishing the “Groundwaters” literary magazine in Lorane. Her new book this year, “The Baileys of Bailey Hill,” tells the story of a pioneer family that homesteaded in the hills of southwest Eugene.

Linde Wicklund is so proud of her Scandinavian heritage that she has demonstrated Norwegian embroidery at the Lane County Fair. But she is also a fan of local history, and was sponsored by the Lane County Historical Society to collect “heritage stories” in her new book, “When School Bells Rang in Lane County.”

David Wagner may think of himself as a scientist, rather than an artist or author, but he is definitely all three. Yes, he has compiled the definitive study on local liverworts, but he has also been publishing a wildly popular “Oregon Nature Calendar” for 38 years. With pen-and-ink drawings, the calendar describes week-by-week which local wildflowers are likely to bloom, when migratory birds should arrive, and what gardeners should be doing. He recently attempted to retire the calendar, but is back with a 2018 edition, suitable for sticking onto your refrigerator with magnets.

Now in its eighteenth year, the Authors & Artists Fair at the Lane Events Center is a benefit for the Lane Library League. The event is open from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, December 9 in the glass-covered Atrium next door to Holiday Market. Donations are encouraged, but not required, for admission.

The non-profit Lane Library League uses the event to fund summer reading programs for children in rural Lane County. This year the group is also funding a “Read 2 ME” program that delivers free children’s books to the families of every newborn child in rural and suburban Lane County.

Fairgoers who donate $10 or more may choose as a gift a copy of “Baby Cat” (a board book for infants) or “The Super Hungry Dinosaur” (a counting book for toddlers). Both were written by Lane Library League president William L. Sullivan as a donation to the program.

Most authors will be at the fair all day, but some will attend for specific hours, as listed below:

 

Susan Applegate, "This Mother's Heart" (2017), a children’s picture book, and "The Road Home," the story of Susan's mother's family coming to Oregon in the 1930s.

Dan Armstrong, "Cornelia: The First Woman of Rome" (2017, a novel set 80 years before the death of Caesar) and "The Eyes of Archimedes," a fiction trilogy about the Greek mathematician’s slave.

A. Lynn Ash, "Eugeneana: Memoir of an Oregon Hometown" (2017) and "Vagabonda," a memoir of camping stories.

Joe Blakely, "Murder on Oregon's Coast Highway, 1961" (2017, mystery) and "Deady Hall: A Ghostly Encounter" (2017, a ghost story set at the UO).

C. Steven Blue, “Wildweed, Second Edition” (2017), “Wordsongs,” “S. O. S. Songs of Sobriety,” and “Black Tights” (poems).

Ben Brock, "King of the Storm," a LGBTQ fantasy novel.

Jennifer Chambers (10a.m.-1:30p.m.), "Remarkable Oregon Women: Revolutionaries & Visionaries" and many other books.

Charles Castle, “A Good-Night in America” (2017), “A Season’s Second Coming,” and “Living With Patriarchs” (poems).

Alan Contreras, "On Excellence" (2017, essays), "Pursuit of Happiness: An Introduction to the Libertarian Ethos of Charles Erskine Scott Wood,” and "Birds of Lane County.”

Michael Copperman, "Teacher: Two Years in the Mississippi Delta," the story of his teaching stint in a rural black public school.

Gary Cornelius, "Chasing Ivory: An Alaska Murder Mystery and Love Story" (2017) and "Dancing With Gogos,"  a memoir of his Peace Corps service in a Zulu village.

John Daniel, "Gifted" (2017), a coming-of-age novel about a boy who flees his abusive father with a trek into the wilds of Oregon's Coast Range.

Carola Dunn (1:30-5p.m.), "Buried in the Country" (her fourth murder mystery set in Cornwall) and "Superfluous Women" (the 22nd in her popular Daisy Dalrymple murder mysteries, set in England in the 1920s).

Pat Edwards, "The Baileys of Bailey Hill" (2017, the story of the pioneer family that homesteaded south of Eugene) and "Groundwaters 2017: An Anthology.”

Jan Eliot, "Privacy Is for Wussies" (2016, book 11 of the "Stone Soup" cartoon series.

Michael Foster, "Wakanisha: Can We Stand" and "Wakanisha: Is Love Enough," historical novels of three generations of Lakota Sioux.

Patsy Hand, "Lost Dogs of Rome" (2017), an international thriller and family drama about a teenager’s fascination with an animal rights group in Italy.

Wayne Harrison (1:30-5p.m.), "Wrench and Other Stories" (2017) and "The Spark and the Drive," a literary novel about a young automobile mechanic who falls in love with his boss's wife.

David Hascall (10a.m.-1:30p.m.), "The Color of Shadows: A Season of Enmity" (2017), the third book of a trilogy of murder mysteries about racial issues after WWII.

Ann Herrick (10a.m.-1:30p.m.), "Boss of the Whole Sixth Grade" (2017) and many other young adult novels.

Amalie Rush Hill (12noon – 2p.m.), “The House on Prune Alley” (poems).

Nina Kiriki Hoffman (1:30-5p.m.), "Permeable Borders," "Thresholds," and other works of  fantasy/scifi for middle schoolers.

Leigh Anne Jasheway, "The Dogs' Guide to Human(Kind)" (2017, lessons on empathy from the author’s seven dachshunds), "Bedtime Stories for Cats,” and many other humor books.

Deanna Larson, "Menagerie Ranch: The Miracles and Mayhem of Animal Rescue" (2017, memoir).

Autumn Lorraine (2-5p.m.), “Astrobiologist Aurora” (2017) and “Astrophysicist Akimie Explores the Universe” (poems).

Mary E. Lowd, "Otters in Space 3: Octopus Ascending" (2017), a "furry" science fiction novel.

Mary-Kate Mackey (1:30-5p.m.), "Write Better Right Now: The Reluctant Writer's Guide to Confident Communication and Self-Assured Style."

Joshua Mertz (10a.m.- 12noon), “First and Last Wishes” (2017, poems).

Marli B. Miller (10a.m.-1:30p.m.), "Roadside Geology of Oregon, Second Edition."

Nancy Carol Moody ((12noon-5p.m.), “The House of Nobody Home” and “Photographs With Girls” (poems).

Erik Muller (2-5p.m.), “Durable Goods: Appreciation of Oregon Poets” (2017, poems).

R. Gregory Nokes, "Massacre" (nonfiction about the Chinese massacre in Hells Canyon) and "Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory.”

Carol Riggs, "The Body Institute", a young-adult sci fi novel about a girl who gets a job losing weight for other people by downloading her mind into their bodies.

Seri Robinson (aka J.S. Fields), "Ardulum: First Don" (2017, a lesbian science fiction space opera) and "Spalted Wood: The History, Science, and Art of a Unique Material.”

Laura Romeyn (10a.m.-12noon), “Breathing Spirit: Prayers for the Emotional and Frequently Frantic But Often Grateful” (2017, poems).

Bill Sarnoff (1:30-5p.m.), "This Is What I Remember: Part II" (2017), true stories from his life, and "Around the Samovar: A Memoir," stories told by his Russian immigrant relatives in Chicago.

Dorcas Smucker, "Footprints on the Ceiling" and other collections of her Register-Guard newspaper columns about life on a Harrisburg farm.

William L. Sullivan, "The Case of the Reborn Bhagwan" (2017, third in a series of Oregon-based mysteries) and "100 Hikes in Southern Oregon, 4th Edition" (2017).

Shirley Tallman, “Death on Telegraph Hill" and other mysteries set in 1880s San Francisco.

Muabilai Tshionyi, African folk tales published under the name "Dr. T," including "Sticky Attraction," "The Fearless Badger," "The Hen and the Weasel," and many more.

David Wagner, "Oregon Nature Calendar 2018.”

Wayne Westfall (10a.m.-12noon), “In Search of Serenity and Many More Poems, Second Edition” (2017).

Linde Wicklund (1:30-5p.m.), "When School Bells Rang in Lane County: Heritage Stories" (2017), sponsored by the Lane County Historical Society.

Evan Morgan Williams, "Canyons: Older Stores" (2017) and "Thorn" (award-winning short stories set primarily in the Pacific Northwest).

 

Artists at the fair are:

Susan Applegate: posters, cards, and paintings

Sue Bradley: fused glass

Shirley Collins: photographic notecards and handmade books

Michael Fromme: whimsical ceramic animals

Scott Hovis: cards and paintings

Debbie McDaniel: kiln-formed glass art

Ginny McVickar: thread-painted gifts, catnip, and lavender

Lynn Peterson: tiles, ornaments, and cards

Janell Sorensen: paintings and cards

Valley Calligraphy Guild: note cards, gift tags, and quotations

 


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