Hello West Linn! Local Authors Book Break

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Recording from November 8, 2020 West Linn Book Break

What to do when live events are postponed and cancelled? Band together for a virtual book break! Please join me and seven other local West Linn authors as we briefly talk about our books. Recover from voting and the election, and celebrate or mourn by learning about reading material written by fellow community members. Join us Sunday, Nov. 8 at 2 pm via Zoom when authors will briefly describe their writing and books. The last 10+ minutes will be spent in Q&A and participants are invited to stay online as long as they continue to find it entertaining and informative. And what a mix of genres we have for you! Pre-registration is required.

When: Nov 8, 2020 02:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Meet our Authors!

Waka T. Brown

Waka T. Brown is the author of While I Was Away (HarperCollins / Quill Tree Jan. 2021): This middle grade memoir follows Waka’s journey as a Japanese American who was sent to live in Japan with a grandmother she barely knew and attend public school because her parents feared she was losing her culture. Waka is currently working on her second middle grade novel for HarperCollins. Visit Waka’s website.

Sandy Carter

During a visit to Liverpool Central Library in 2017, Sandy takes a photo of the book she donated to its reference section.

Sandy Carter is a local historian who is particularly knowledgable about the Willamette Falls Locks and local paper-making. Sandy’s two non-fiction books have been $1.09 an Hour and Glad to Have It… (containing transcribed oral history interviews with 17 mill workers from Crown Zellerbach, published by Willamette Falls Heritage Foundation), and Letters from the Sewing Box, a Print-on-Demand WWII family letters collection.

Audrey Coulthurst

Audrey Coulthurst writes YA books that tend to involve magic, horses, and kissing the wrong people including Of Ice and Shadows, Of Fire and Stars, Inkmistress and Starworld. When she’s not dreaming up new stories, she can usually be found painting, singing, or on the back of a horse. Visit Audrey’s website.

David Hedges

David Hedges is a prolific poet and writer. David’s books include his 2019 memoir – Prospects of Life After Birth: Memoir in Poetry and Prose. Other books include Petty Frogs on the Potomac (1997), a political burlesque in rhymed verse, and five small collections of poems: The Wild Bunch (1998), Brother Joe (2000), Steens Mountain Sunrise: Poems of the Northern Great Basin (2004), Selected Sonnets (2006), and, lastly, A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to a Geology Degree. Visit David’s website.

Dede Montgomery

We’ll get two birds here – Author and poet David Hedges (left) at Dede’s (right) book launch at the Willamette Ale and Cider House, 2019.

Dede Montgomery is the author of three books: My Music Man (memoir), Beyond the Ripples (Literary Fiction) and Then, Now and In-Between: Place, Memories and Loss in Oregon (non-fiction). Dede is also currently working on a collection of linked short stories, and is an active blogger. Learn more about Dede’s books.

Greg Nokes

Greg Nokes is the author of the timely book on the history of race relations in Oregon, Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory.
A former journalist, Greg is author of several other books dealing with race in Oregon, including Massacred for Gold: The Chinese in Hells Canyon and The Troubled Life of Peter Burnett: Oregon Pioneer and the First Governor of California. He is currently at work on a major article on Jesse Applegate, a staunch opponent of slavery in Oregon, that will be included in the book, Eminent Oregonians, due out from OSU Press next year. Visit Greg’s website.

Robert Peate

Robert Peate’s work addresses social issues.  His novels so far have dealt with capitalism and religion, for examples his sequel/rebuttal of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, entitled Sisyphus Shrugged, and his anti-theocracy dystopian science-fiction novel The Sun Children. His short stories have been compared with episodes of The Twilight Zone.Visit Robert’s website for much more, including plays, essays, and poetry.

Francesca Varela

Francesca G. Varela is the author of three environmental and science fiction novels: Call of the Sun Child, Listen, and The Seas of Distant Stars, which won the 2019 Independent Publisher Book Award for Science FictionHer fourth novel, Blue Mar–a “cli-fi” (climate change fiction) novel and her former master’s thesis–will be released in March 2021 by Owl House Books. Visit Francesca’s website.

When: Nov 8, 2020 02:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

2 thoughts on “Hello West Linn! Local Authors Book Break

  1. Dede, I’d like to tell Sandy Carter a story, about a friend in SW Portland who is testament to the restorative properties of many cubic yards of Blue Heron wood chips to an urban homestead. The lot was saved from an “infestation” of lawn, and fifteen years later boasts banana trees, bamboo, many fruit trees, vegetable plots and two outdoor bathing areas (one with wood fired heater!).


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