Winter is the time to curl up with a book, and Oregon authors have stepped forward to help.
On Saturday, more than 40 local authors will sign their books at the Authors & Artists Fair at the Lane Events Center. The event is free and runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Most authors have freshly published works this year.
A portion of book sales goes to benefit the Lane Library League, a nonprofit group that supports rural volunteer libraries. The event will also feature the works of nine local artists.
Among the authors debuting a first book are Pearl Wolfe and Evelyn Anderton. They became colleagues and friends while working at Womenspace, a domestic violence agency in Eugene. They won a Eugene human rights recognition award, but to dramatize the importance of their work, they decided to co-author a work of fiction. "Walk Out the Door" is a novel about an Oregon woman who marries into a family with intergenerational problems with domestic violence.
Mary E. Lowd has published nearly every story she has written. Her fiction has been nominated 52 times for the Ursa Major Awards. Her genre is “furry” — fantasy and science fiction that includes anthropomorphized animals. Furry has been in the news recently because some groups have falsely claimed there is a movement to include “furry” as a gender choice.
“In reality,” Lowd said, “furry fandom is simply a gathering for people who like art about animals.”
Read for yourself with her new fantasy trilogy, including “The Otter’s Wings,” “The Bee’s Waltz” and “The Snake’s Song."
Danuta Pfeiffer, of Lane County vineyard fame, was once co-host of the televangelist 700 Club — a story recounted in her memoir “Chiseled.” Her new novel "Firmitas" is the second in a series about runaway slaves on the Oregon Trail. The first in that series, "Libertas," won awards for its depiction of diversity in the Wild West.
Clarice Wilsey has traveled across the country to speak about the Holocaust of World War II. Former Eugene Register-Guard writer Bob Welch helped to edit her new book, "Letters from Dachau: A Father's Witness of War, a Daughter's Dream of Peace." In it, Wilsey recounts the heroics of her father, one of the first U.S. doctors to help liberate the Dachau death camp in Germany in World War II. Wilsey also describes another side of the same man, who returned home to Spokane as a tyrant driven by the “moral injury” of PTSD.
For a full list of authors attending the fair, go to bit.ly/3FzTVFG
William Sullivan is the author of 22 books, including “The Ship in the Woods” and the updated “100 Hikes” series for Oregon. Learn more at oregonhiking.com.
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