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Crazy Eights Author Tour!
10/04/2012 7:00 pm
10/04/2012 8:30 pm
Our store is the Portland stop for the Crazy Eights Author Tour, a tour of Oregon authors that is appearing at eight venues across the state. Each venue will feature eight authors in a whirlwind reading (each author is given just five minutes, so they are under pressure to make their time count) that promises to be a lot of fun. Appearing at our store on October 4 are Brian Doyle, Robert Dugoni, James Bernard Frost, April Henry, Jane Kirkpatrick, Phillip Margolin, Naseem Rakha, and George Byron Wright, who is the C8 Tour Coordinator and Emcee.
Here is a little information about each of the authors who will be reading at this event:
Brian is the editor of the award winning Portland Magazine at the University of Portland. He is the author of 10 books,
including The Grail, with its lengthy but descriptive subtitle, “A year rambling & shambling through an Oregon vineyard in
pursuit of the best pinot noir wine in the whole wild world.” His essays have been published in Best American Essays and
Best American Spiritual Writing anthologies. His first novel, the “sprawling epic labrynthine serpentine sinuous riverine”
Oregon novel Mink River, was a finalist for an Oregon Book Award in 2012. Honors for his work include the Award in
Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Robert is the critically acclaimed and New York Times Best Selling Author of the David Sloane series, The Jury Master,
Wrongful Death, Bodily Harm, Murder One and The Conviction. He is also the author of the best-selling stand alone novel
Damage Control and the nonfiction expose, The Cyanide Canary. Dugoni’s books have been likened to Scott Turow and
Nelson DeMille, and he has been hailed as “the undisputed king of the legal thriller” and the “heir to Grisham’s literary
throne.” Bodily Harm and Murder One were top five thrillers picks of Library Journal for 2010 and 2011 and Murder One
is a finalist for the Harper Lee Award for excellence in legal novel writing. Learn more at www.robertdugoni.com.
JAMES BERNARD FROST
James is the celebrated author of the novel World Leader Pretend, as well as the Lowell Thomas Award-winning
travel guide for vegetarians, The Artichoke Trail. His articles, essays, and fiction have appeared in places as respected
and weird as Wired Magazine, the San Francisco Examiner, SF Weekly, the Official Magazine of World of Warcraft,
The Nervous Breakdown, Trachodon Magazine and the Farallon Review. Chuck Palahniuk calls his newest book, A
Very Minor Prophet, the best novel, ever, about Portland’s underground world of misfits and heroes. Learn more at
April is one of those rare creatures: a native Oregonian. She is also a New York Times bestselling author who kills people,
but only on paper. When she was 12, April sent a short story about a six-foot tall frog to Roald Dahl, who helped get it
published. Since then she has written 13 mysteries and thrillers for teens and adults. Her young adult novel Girl, Stolen
was a finalist for an Oregon Book Award in 2012. In 2009, April partnered with Lis Wiehl to collaborate on the Triple
Threat Mystery series. The latest is Eyes of Justice. The first book in the series, Face of Betrayal, was on the New York
Times best-seller list for four weeks. April lives in Portland. Learn more at www.aprilhenrymysteries.com.
Jane’s a Wisconsin native who moved to Oregon in 1974 after completing her master’s degree in social work, serving as director of Deschutes County Mental Health and on the Warm Springs Indian reservation for seventeen years. Jane is the New York Times bestselling author of 23 titles. She’s been an Oregon Book Award finalist twice; has an Oregon 100 title; and won the WILLA Literary Award twice and the Wrangler from the Western Heritage Center. She lives in Bend now with her husband and two dogs after 26 years on rattlesnake and rock ranch on the lower John Day River. She believes that our lives are the stories others read first. Her latest release is Where Lilacs Still Bloom. Learn more at www.jkbooks.com.
Ron retired after 24 years as a journalism professor at Oregon State University and started writing mysteries to see if he could do it. The books in the series feature Thomas Martindale, a college journalism professor and amateur sleuth. The fictional Martindale is named after Lovell’s great-great-grandfather. In Murder in the Steens, the ninth book in the series, Martindale travels to a remote area of Southeastern Oregon to find a missing man. All trails lead to Kiger Gorge on Steens Mountain, home to a herd of wild horses. Tom wants to find the man, others want the horses and will do anything to get them, including murder. Ron lives on the Oregon Coast in a small house with a view of the trees and the sea. Learn more at www.martindalemysteries.com.
Phillip grew up in New York City and Levittown, New York. In 1970, he graduated from New York University School of Law. His first job after law school was a clerkship with Herbert M. Schwab, Chief Judge, Oregon Court of Appeals. From 1972 until 1996, he was in private practice in Portland, specializing in criminal defense at the trial and appellate levels. Heartstone was his first novel, which was nominated for an Edgar for best original paperback mystery of 1978. His second novel, The Last Innocent Man, was made into an HBO movie. Since 1996, Phillip has been writing full-time and all of his novels have been New York Times bestsellers. His latest novel, Capitol Murder, was published in April of 2012. Learn more at www.phillipmargolin.com.
Naseem is an award-winning Oregon author and journalist who been heard on NPR, Christian Science Monitor, and Living on Earth. The capacity to forgive the unforgivable has long intrigued Rakha. She has witnessed it in her work as a teacher and consultant for Native American tribes, as a mediator in the clean up of the nuclear site that created the Nagasaki bomb, and as a reporter covering state run executions. It was this later experience that led her to write her groundbreaking novel The Crying Tree, which tells a story of a mother who must overcome the hate, and grief as she attempts to stop the execution of the man who killed her 15-year old son. Learn more at naseemrakha.com.
GEORGE BYRON WRIGHT
George was born in The Dalles, lived there until age seven, followed by short periods in Baker City, Tillamook and Roseburg. After a career in the nonprofit sector, he began work on novels set in those towns of his youth. His first novel, Baker City 1948, was followed by Tillamook 1952, and Roseburg 1959. George then moved on to more contemporary fiction but stayed true to his Oregon roots with his fourth novel, Driving to Vernonia. His most recent novel is Newport Blues, A Salesman’s Lament. He and his wife Betsy live in Portland. Learn more at www.c3publications.com.
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