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47 Oregon Authors to Sign Books at Library Fair

By William Sullivan


Forty-seven Oregon authors will be signing their books this Saturday at the Lane Events Center in Eugene. Admission is free, but a portion of sales will benefit the Lane Library League’s new program to provide children’s books to every family with a newborn in rural Lane County.

Jane Kirkpatrick and Linda Crew, popular authors from outside Lane County, are returning to the annual fair with new books after a few years’ absence.

Kirkpatrick, one of Oregon’s bestselling novelists, sold her ranch on the John Day River and moved to Redmond to care for her ailing husband. Her new historical novel, “This Road We Traveled” is based on the true story of a different difficult journey – a trek on the old Oregon Trail undertaken by three generations of women in a single wagon. Pioneer Oregon women are central to many of Kirkpatrick’s 24 historical novels and five nonfiction books.

Crew, the Corvallis sister of Register-Guard columnist Bob Welch, won the Oregon Book Award for her historical novel, “A Heart for Any Fate: Westward to Oregon 1845.” Crew’s just-released memoir bravely explains where she has been the past few years. “Accidental Addict: A True Story of Pain and Healing” describes her successful battle to get off the benzodiazepines and opioids prescribed for her after knee-replacement surgery.

Accompanying author Joe Blakely from 12 noon to 1 p.m. will be Dan Luby, Stan Dmochowsky, and Irv Roth, players from the Drain Black Sox, a Douglas County baseball team that won the National World Series Semi-Pro Championship in 1958. Longtime local coaches and educators, the three players will answer questions and sign Blakely’s new book, “The Drain Black Sox of Oregon vs. the Alpine Cowboys of Texas.”

Michael Pace’s new book, “To Have a Graveyard as a Friend: Being Inspired by the Expired,” is based on the somber, hilarious, and poignant situations he encountered while working at Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives in Medford. In one chapter, fictionalized only slightly to protect identities, a famous clown asked to be buried in his clown suit, but with his face grimacing at the father who never accepted his work.

Do you love the Sunday cartoon series “Stone Soup,” but wish it still ran on weekdays? Cartoonist Jan Eliot has just released the remedy for you – “Privacy Is for Wussies,” her eleventh collection of classic “Stone Soup” strips.

The Authors & Artists Fair is open from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, December 10 in the glass-covered Atrium at the Lane Events Center, next door to Holiday Market. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.

The non-profit Lane Library League has used revenue from the event to fund summer reading programs for children in rural Lane County for fifteen years. This year the group is hoping to raise enough to launch a new “Read 2 ME” program that would deliver free baby books and children’s books to the families of every newborn child in rural and suburban Lane County.

Studies have shown that reading books aloud to infants increases their later success in reading and school, and yet 80,000 people in Lane County do not have free access to tax-supported libraries where they could check out suitable books. The Lane Library League is working with ParentingNow! (formerly Birth To Three) to deliver gift bags of books to new parents in these areas.

Here are the 47 authors who will be appearing at the fair, along with their most recent books:


Dan Armstrong -- "Zama" (2016) is the final historical novel in Armstrong's trilogy, "The Eyes of Archimedes", about the Greek mathematician and his slave in ancient Rome.

A. Lynn Ash -- "Vagabonda" (2015), a memoir of camping stories from 1984-1999, and "The Route From Cultus Lake: A Woman's Path to a Solo Camping Lifestyle”.

Joe Blakely -- "The Drain Black Sox of Oregon vs. the Alpine Cowboys of Texas: The Glory Days of Semi-Pro Baseball 1930-1960" (2016) and many other books about sports and Oregon history.

C. Steven Blue (2-5pm) -- "Wordsongs -3: Recovery" (2016, poems that follow the recovery of a lonely man from addiction), "Wordsongs" (2016), and other books of poetry.

Tyler Burgess -- "Way of St. James Pilgrim Path Sketchbook Diary" (2016), "Tasmania, Australia Sketchbook Diary" (2016), and other books about walking and travel.

James Burke -- "The Pocket Watch" (2016), a sci-fi time travel adventure, and two murder mysteries.

Charles R. Castle (2-4pm) -- "The Season's Second Coming" (2016, poetry)

Jennifer Chambers (10am-1:30pm) -- "Revolutionaries & Visionaries Coloring Book" (2016), "Remarkable Oregon Women: Revolutionaries & Visionaries", and a variety of books about women, vampires, time travel, and more.

Amy Costales -- bilingual children's books, including "Hello Night (Hola Noche)" and "Abuelita Full of Life (Abuelita Llena de Vida)".

Kathleen Cremonesi – “Love in the Elephant Tent”, a memoir of meeting her husband in a circus.

Linda Crew -- "Accidental Addict: a True Story of Pain and Healing" (2016, a memoir about overcoming prescribed opioids) and award-winning historical novels about Oregon, including "Brides of Eden" and "Children of the River”.

Lee Darling (noon-2pm) -- "Sundrops, Haiku and Simple Poems" (2016, poems), and "Just Out of Reach", a novel about a woman's search for a friend who disappeared on the Oregon Coast.

Carola Dunn (1:30-5pm) -- "Buried in the Country” (2016) is Dunn’s fourth murder mystery set in Cornwall, and “Superfluous Women" is the 22nd in her popular Daisy Dalrymple murder mysteries, set in England in the 1920s.

Pat Edwards -- "Groundwaters 2015: An Anthology" (editor) and "Oregon's Main Street: Highway 99: The Folk History" (co-authored with Jo-Brew).

Jan Eliot -- "Privacy Is for Wussies" (2016), book 11 of the "Stone Soup" cartoon series. The series also includes "It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time", "Brace Yourself", and "We'll Be REally Careful! "

Michael Foster -- "Wakanisha: Can We Stand" (2016) and "Wakanisha: Is Love Enough", historical novels about three generations of Lakota Sioux.

Dana Furgerson -- "Stardust and Sapphire Eyes" (2016), part two in a trilogy of pre-teen illustrated novels about traveling in time.

William Gray (noon-2pm) -- "Tales from the Couch: Holidays with a working man" (poems).

David Hascall (1:30-5pm) -- "Tahoe of the North" (2016, a novel about pioneer development plans at Waldo Lake) and "The Longest Wooden Railroad: A Season of Embers”.

Ann Herrick -- "Someone Like Him" (2016) and many other young adult novels, including "Love, Life, and Surviving High School" and "It's All in Your Mind".

Evelyn Searle Hess -- "Building a Better Nest: Living Lightly at Home and in the World" (2015) a memoir of her rustic home in the Coast Range west of Eugene.

Nina Kiriki Hoffman (1:30-5pm) -- "Permeable Borders" (a collection of short stories), "Thresholds", and many other fantasy/sci fi novels.

Leigh Anne Jasheway -- "Bedtime Stories for Dogs" and "Bedtime Stories for Cats" (both updated and republished 2016), and many other humor books by the Register-Guard columnist.

Lauren Kessler (10am-1:30pm) -- "The Write Path: Essays on the Joys of Reading and the Arts of Writing" (2016), "Raising the Barre: The Misadventures of a Mid-Life Woman who Dreamed of Dancing the Nutcracker", and other narrative nonfiction and biography.

Jane Kirkpatrick (1:30-5pm) -- "This Road We Traveled” (2016, a novel about three generations on the Oregon Trail), “A Light in the Wilderness" and many other historical novels about women on the Oregon frontier.

Laura LeHew (10am-noon) -- "Becoming, Another New Calligraphy" (2016) and other books of poems.

Dennis ("Whitey") Lueck -- "Staying Put in Lane County" (2016), essays about a year spent living entirely within Lane County by Eugene's "Tree Guy".

Catherine McGuire (noon-2pm) -- "Poetic License 2015" (poems).

Nancy Carol Moody (10am-noon) -- "Photograph With Girls" (poems).

Michael Pace -- "To Have a Graveyard as a Friend" (2016), his memoir as a Eugene funeral director, reconstructing the lives of his dead clients.

Charlotte Peterson -- "The Mindful Parent: Strategies from Peaceful Cultures to Raise Compassionate, Competent kids" (2015), a book that draws on her experience of parenting around the world, especially in Tibet, Bali, and Bhutan.

Barbara Pope (10am-1:30pm) -- "The Missing Italian Girl" and other murder mysteries involving art and culture in Europe.

Dean Rea -- "The Garden" (2016, a novel about the disrupted wedding plans of two journalists), "Touch All Your Bases" (advice to great-grandchildren), and "Confessions of a Professor" (a memoir of his 30 years as a journalism professor).

Howard W. Robertson (10am-noon) -- "Hope Speaks" (2016, poems).

Janice D. Rubin (4-5pm) -- "Transcending Damnation Creek Trail & Other Poems”.

Bill Sarnoff -- "This Is What I Remember" (2016) and "Around the Samovar: A Memoir”.

L. J. Sellers -- "Death Deserved" (2016, the eleventh in her Detective Jackson murder mystery series), "The Gender Experiment" (2016, a standalone thriller), and many other mysteries and thrillers.

Marie Simmons -- "Whole World Vegetarian" (2016), "Taste of Honey", and many other cookbooks.

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

William L. Sullivan -- "100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Oregon Coast & Coast Range, Fourth Edition” (2016) and many other books about Oregon hiking, adventure, history, and mystery.

Susan Sygall -- "No Ordinary Days: A Journey of Activism, Globe-Trotting, and Unexpected Pleasures", a memoir about her life and career, founding Mobility International.

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

Muabilai Tshionyi -- "Sticky Attraction", "The Fearless Badger", and many other children’s books about African folk tales, published under the name "Dr. T”.

Cheri Turk – “Little Beth of the Forest” (2015), a children’s picture book for Christmas about a girl in a snowy northern land, and “Don’t Be Like That Ornery Ostrich!”

Katharine Valentino (2-4pm) -- "Setting Forth -- On a Literary Itinerary" (2016), a collection of poems and short stories.

David Wagner (10am-1:30pm) -- "Oregon Nature Calendar 2017" (2016).

Duana Welch (1:30-5pm) -- "Love Factually: 10 Proven Steps from I Wish to I Do", a book that “applies science to your love life, from before you meet until you commit."

Bob Welch -- "My Oregon III: The Final Column Collection", "52 Little Lessons From a Christmas Carol" (2015), "The Keyboard Kitten Gets Oregonized", and other books by the Register-Guard columnist.

Wayne T. Westfall (4-5pm) -- "In Search of Serenity" (2016, poems)


Artists at the fair are:

Sue Bradley -- fused glass.

Shirley Collins -- photographic notecards, handmade books, and matted photographs.

Dune Erickson -- blank books, coloring books, and cards.

Michael Fromme – whimsical ceramic birds

Scott Hovis – cards and paintings. Debbie McDaniel – kiln-formed glass art.

Debbie McDaniel – kiln-formed glass art

Lynn Peterson -- tiles, ornaments, cards, and whimsical clay birds.

Janell Sorensen -- paintings, prints, watercolors, and cards.

Valley Calligraphy Guild -- calligraphy, note cards, gift tags, and quotations.

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