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Florence festival showcases Oregon authors.

Byline: Judy Fleagle For The Register-Guard

With 70 authors participating, attendees to Saturday's Florence Festival of Books will have a chance to meet and chat with authors and have them sign their books.

Come see what's new at the free seventh annual festival that will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Florence Events Center. This year 34 new authors are taking part. And among the returning authors, many have new books.

Nine publishers also will be represented - some returnees, some newcomers. This is an opportunity to pitch an idea or manuscript and be back next year as a participant.

Additional activities will take place on Friday. John Daniel, author of 10 books covering nonfiction, poetry and fiction, is the keynote speaker at 7 p.m. Friday. Daniel is best known as a poet and for his nonfiction "Rogue River Journal." This spring his fist novel, "Gifted," came out to great reviews. He is a rare breed: a three-time Oregon Book Award winner.

Also on Friday is a free panel discussion - "Make Your Writing the Best It Can Be" - from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the events center. It features prominent Northwest authors and editors - including Bob Keefer, Ned Hickson, Ellen Traylor, Patricia Marshall and Karen Nichols - who will offer writing and editing tips.

The following are participants in the book festival on Saturday:



Norton Baily, a closet writer for the past 25 years, comes out at the book festival with five novels in five genres.

Donald Beaton's first novel, "The Brothers' Coin," is set in two time periods with alternating chapters.

Connie Strome Bradley spent 50 years in hospital nursing and now writes illustrated children's books for the very young and co-founded FFOB.

Judy Fleagle, known for her two coastal bridge books and co-founding FFOB, wrote about rescue animals in her latest book, "Devil Cat."

Burney Garelick, an arts reviewer for the Siuslaw News for many years, now has five books with the latest ironically titled "The Caterwauling Critic."

Joshua Greene has three books chronicling his famous father's career - legendary Hollywood and fashion photographer Milton Greene.

Carol Gunderson has written "The Morning Porch: Poems and Reflections from a Quiet Heart" and "Gramma's Guided Tour of the World's Greatest Library."

John Herbst has written three adventure-filled novels with fictional Jake Meissner that are loosely based on his own life.

Ned Hickson, editor at the Siuslaw News and award-winning humor columnist, has written two books and has a blog following of 9,000.

Amber Higgins is a search dog instructor and has written a book, "Family Disaster Dogs," on how to teach the family dog rescue skills.

Niki Hill writes children's books with a secret lesson in each one and such characters as a frog that falls in love with a pair of red boots.

C.L. Myrick has written poetry for the past 65 years, some of which is in his new book, "Ramblings of an Old Plumber."

Carolyn Nordahl enjoys watercolor painting and graphic arts publishing after a career using her graphic arts skills at the Siuslaw News.

Richard Nordahl has tested his writing skills in three books of fiction based on some of his nighttime dreams.

Cyan Orr's chapbook, "from inside Schrodinger's box," is a collection of lyrical poems that explore longing, curiosity, and wonder.

Sally Sherwood Rash's "Sally's Silly Small Step System" on how to get your life organized is an adaptation of an award-winning speech at Toastmasters.

James Richard's "Auternus Woods" is the first in a fictional, medieval series filled with mystery, action and the supernatural.

Ellen Traylor is the author of 20 books of which most are in the Biblical genre such as her latest, "Gabriel - the War in Heaven," about the adventures of the archangels.

Jacob Wenzel has written two character-driven sci-fi books for people who don't like sci-fi, and three children's rhyming picture books.

Other coastal towns

Patsy Brookshire (Newport) writes suspense novels, as well as travelogues and a nature column, "The Peaceable Kingdom."

Leslie Compton (Gleneden Beach) wrote "Dearest Minnie, a Sailor's Story" as historical fiction, using actual letters and 200 color postcards.

H.S. Contino (North Bend) wrote "Shipwrecks of Coos County" and the newly released "Shipwrecks of Curry County."

Gail Elliott Downs (Depoe Bay) helps collect photos of folks who served in World War II, and has written a book set in WWII, a timeless tale of love and war.

Amber Rose Dullea (Seal Rock), motivational speaker, wrote "From Ow to Wow! Five Steps to Thriving with Pain" and "Path of Heart: Personal and Planetary Healing."

Stephen Griffiths (Lincoln City) wrote "Guerrilla Priest: An American Family in World War II Philippines" based on his parents' unpublished accounts.

Christy Hill (Reedsport) has written "Journey Into Intimacy," which is in the biblical genre.

A. Roz Mar (North Bend) writes and creates veil art with the hope that her books and paintings will inspire people to ask the deeper questions.

Dorothea Wollin Null (Gleneden Beach) was a young girl when American bombers destroyed her German town, the basis for her first novel, "Surviving 'Uncle Hitler.' "

J.T. Price (Yachats) wrote "The God Dam," a novel, and "Waiting for the Wind," a collection of poetry and songs.

R. Roderick Rowe (Winchester Bay) operates a commercial fishing boat in summer and writes in winter. His book is about a post apocalyptic future.


Dan Armstrong has a background in aerospace engineering, but since 1980 has written eight novels and a collection of short stories.

A. Lynn Ash has two memoirs chronicling her lifelong solo camping experiences and another about "Eugeneana: Memoir of an Oregon Hometown."

Ken Babbs co-authored with Ken Kesey "Last Go Round," authored "Who Shot the Water Buffalo," and is working on "Cronies," adventures of the Merry Band of Pranksters.

Joe Blakely has written 14 books (with another in the hopper), and his newest published book is "Bigfoot and the Ancient Forest."

C. Steven Blue is a poet, publisher, multimedia performance artist, producer and host of poetry events, and has had six books published.

Charles Castle Jr. worked in health-care education and public affairs, but since retiring in 2011, he has written three books of prose and poetry.

C. Edwin Fender has written two memoirs, two adventure novels, one children's book and his newest, an adventure memoir, "Idyllic Peru."

Aaron Foster writes YA spy adventures, but keeps his day-job cover as an IT manager.

Evelyn Searle Hess is the author of books about living lightly with the natural world and harmoniously with the human world.

Joshua Hirschstein and Maren Beck authored "Silk Weavers of Hill Tribe Laos," part travelogue and part silk-weaving primer.

Hilary Francis Hoffman, a photojournalist with degrees in creative photography and journalism, has captured special moments of everyday humanity.

Patricia (Patty) Jacobs tells of her family's role in early Longview, Wash., history in "A Long View," her third book.

Mary-Kate Mackey is the award-winning author of "Write Better Right Now: The Reluctant Writer's Guide to Confident Communication and Self-assured Style."

Nancy Carol Moody is the author of two collections of poetry, "The House of Nobody Home" and "Photograph With Girls" as well as a chapbook, "Mermaid."

Ken Olson, a former teacher, wrote "The Boy in the Mountains," a children's fantasy adventure.

Michael Pungercar wrote "The Promise Kept," a history of the air war over Europe in World War II as seen through the eyes of eight veterans.

Anita Runyan writes her true story of a midlife foray into mystical realms that transforms her from skeptic to spiritual seeker.

Muabilai Tshionyi, aka Dr. T, writes children's books of African folktales that capture the oral tradition of his native country.

Near Eugene

Michael Foster (Veneta) is the author of three novels, of which two are historical, covering two generation of a Lakota Sioux family.

Janet Fisher (Oakland) has written about her great-great-grandmother's farm, "A Place of Her Own," and a historical novel "The Shifting Winds."

Quinton Hallett (Noti) has written three poetry chapbooks and her first full-length collection, "Mrs. Schrodinger's Breast."

Gary Hartman (Lebanon) is a retired electrical engineer who has written build-it yourself books for children and adults.

Erin Ritch (Dorena) is an author, mom, and the founder of No Wyverns Publishing.

Portland area

Lee Barckmann (Wilsonville) went to China to teach English for three years, and upon returning made a career in IT, both of which form background for his novels.

James McComb (Portland) wants his bio to read: Good writing will bury you before it awakens you, snatch away your identity forever.

George Byron Wright (Portland) has written six novels, of which his latest is "In the Wake of Our Misdeed."


Rod Miner is the author of award-winning "Sketches of a Black Cat," a true war story of a World War II seaplane pilot.

Central Oregon

Melody Carlson (Sisters) is the author of more than 200 traditionally published books, of which one is in production for a Hallmark film.

Jane Kirkpatrick (Bend) writes historical fiction about women and men who lived extraordinary lives, and her latest book is "All She Left Behind."

Southern Oregon

Gary Lark (Grants Pass), an award-winning poet, has three full-length books and four chapbooks to his credit, including "River of Solace."

Peaceful Valley Publications (Central Point) published five children's books of Marty Smedes, who enjoys reading to children at schools and bookstores.


Leigh Goodison (Battle Ground) is the author of science fiction, medical thrillers, a YA novel and two works of non-fiction.

Tami Whitmore (Roosevelt) has written seven books and has ideas for 80 more.


Coastal Writers (Florence)

Pattie Brooks Anderson, an accomplished artist, has written two ecologically themed children's books, including "Star and Raven's Legend" about rare spirit bears.

Russ Dixon has been a professional photographer, builder and wood artist, and "Donnie of the Oregon Coast" is his first children's book.

Karen Nichols' latest book is "Roots of an Oak," one of six by this author, who is also an accomplished artist.

Mertz and Friends (Eugene)

Autumn Bradley wrote the Science Starters Collection, a series of books written in rhyme to encourage grade-schoolers to think about careers in science.

Laura Romeyn wrote "Breathing Spirit," which offers 60 non-religious poems and suggestions for writing prayers.

Joshua Mertz wrote two books of poetry, a dystopian soft novel, and an anthology of Halloween stories for grown-ups.

Siuslaw School District Writers (Florence)

Elementary through middle school students work under the guidance of Kassy Keppol to produce published books.


First Steps Publishing (Gleneden Beach) is a traditional publisher that produces and promotes a wide variety of genres.

Luminare Press (Eugene) offers a one-stop shop to meet all self-publishing goals from design to distribution and marketing.

Maple Creek Press (Florence) publishes fine books with publisher Robert Serra. At least three of his authors are participants at this year's festival.

Penman Productions (Gleneden Beach) publishes books primarily by Ron Lovell: 10 Thomas Martindale mysteries and two Lorenzo Madrid mysteries.

Porthole Publications (Florence) has published the works of more than 30 authors in a variety of genres with Ellen Traylor as publisher.

Stone Ring Press (Corvallis) was born out of the frustrations for new talent to be published; so they take great pride in offering just such a place.

Turnstone Books of Oregon (Seal Rock) publishes high quality poetry by primarily Oregon Coast writers - senior editor Alexandra Mason.

Utterly Chaos/Laura LeHew (Eugene) is a small press dedicated to publishing the best books, chapbooks, and anthologies of poetry by Northwest writers.

South Florence Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses (Florence) is part of a publishing organization that prints Bibles as well as two Bible-based magazines.

Judy Fleagle is the co-founder and co-chair for the Florence Festival of Books.
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Date:Sep 24, 2017
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