Art & the Vineyard authors

THE ART & THE VINEYARD FESTIVAL  – The Oregon Authors Table has become a popular feature of this artsy celebration on the Fourth of July weekend in Eugene’s Alton Baker Park, along the Willamette River. Authors are sent an email invitation in early April, and sign up for as many two-hour intervals as they like. Authors do not have to pay the $7 admission to the fair, but a fee of $1 per hour is charged to offset the cost of the canopy and table rental. Authors are also expected to donate 15% of gross sales to the nonprofit Maude Kerns Art Center, the festival’s sponsor. 

If you are an author and would like to receive an invitation, send an email to with your name, the title of your book, a sentence about yourself, and a sentence about your book.

Here is a press release for the 2016 event:

“Wild women” among authors at festival

By William Sullivan

Adventurous women are among the 39 local authors featured at the Art & the Vineyard Festival on July 2-4, 2016. The Oregon Authors Table has been a part of the festival in Eugene’s riverfront Alton Baker Park for 19 years, allowing readers to meet authors and buy autographed books.

Local writer, dance instructor, and geologist Ruby McConnell has long aired her adventurous spirit in a “Ruby Gone Wild” blog. This May she published “A Woman’s Guide to the Wild,” a how-to manual for other outdoorswomen, with practical and sometimes humorous tips on everything from “glamping” to peeing in the woods.

 Susan Sygall, the founder and CEO of Mobility International USA, has traveled the world in her wheelchair, even hitchhiking through New Zealand and taking local buses across Southeast Asia. She will be at the Eugene festival with the memoir of her adventurous life and career, “No Ordinary Days: A Journey of Activism, Globe-Trotting, and Unexpected Pleasures.”

 Eugene freelance writer and teacher Melissa Hart has overcome difficulties as well. In the memoir of her childhood in California she revealed that when the courts there learned her mother was lesbian, they took her and her brother away to be placed with their abusive father. This year Hart has published her first novel, a young adult story titled “Avenging the Owl.” The book is set in a wildlife rehabilitation center reminiscent of Eugene’s Cascades Raptor Center.

Marie Simmons’ adventures are culinary. The long-time Eugenean has written a dozen cookbooks on subjects ranging from honey to rice. She searched the planet for recipes to fill this year’s new book, “Whole World Vegetarian.”

Duana Welch explores the adventure of love. She earned her doctorate in psychology in Florida. Recently she moved to Eugene and published “Love Factually: 10 Proven Steps from I Wish to I Do.” Her guide is designed to apply science to your love life, from before you meet until you commit.

The Oregon Authors Table is located beside the wine courtyard of the Art & the Vineyard Festival. Admission to the festival is $8 on Saturday and Sunday, and $9 on Monday. A three-day pass is also available for $16.

 Here are this year’s 39 authors, the times they will be attending the festival, and the books they will be autographing.

 Dan Armstrong: “The Eyes of Archimedes” (historical novel about the Greek mathematician and his slave during the Roman siege of Syracuse) and other novels. Saturday 11am-1pm, Sunday 5-7pm, and Monday 11am-3pm.

Tom Arnold: “The Hot Body Club” (murder mystery set in Eugene) and other novels. Saturday 5-7pm and Sunday 5-7pm.

Joe Blakely: “Rebellion, Murder, and a Pulitzer Prize” (nonfiction account of an attempt to overthrow the government in Medford in the 1930s) and other books on Oregon history. All day every day.

C. Steven Blue: “Wordsongs” (2016, poems). Sunday 11am-7pm.

Adam Levon Brown: "Musings of a Madman” (poems). Sunday 3-5pm.

Charles R. Castle: “The Season's Second Coming” (2016, poems). Sunday 11am-3pm.

Jennifer Chambers: “Revolutionaries & Visionaries Coloring Book” (2016), “Remarkable Oregon Women: Revolutionaries & Visionaries” (nonfiction), and other books. Saturday 3-7pm.

Gary Cornelius: “Dancing With Gogos” (memoir of his Peace Corps service in a Zulu village in South Africa). Saturday 11am-1pm and Sunday 1-3pm.

Patrice E. Dotson: “Well, You Just Never Know” (a novel about a 65-year-old woman who suddenly goes on a life-changing cruise) and “Dating Tips for the Septuagenarian.” Sunday 11am-1pm and Monday 1-3pm.

Carola Dunn: “Superfluous Women” (the 22nd in her series of popular Daisy Dalrymple murder mysteries, set in England in the 1920s) and many other novels. Saturday 1-5pm.

Kenneth Fenter: “Nagasaki Spring” (2016, a novel set in Japan) and other novels. Saturday 11am-1pm, Sunday 3-7pm, Monday 11am-7pm.

Michael Foster: “Wakanisha: Can We Stand” (2016, historical novel about the Lakota Sioux). Saturday 5-7pm.

Dana Furgerson: “Stardust and Sapphire Eyes” (2016, part two in an illustrated, preteen trilogy about time travel). Monday 3-7pm.

Melissa Hart: “Avenging the Owl” (novel) and other works of literary nonfiction and memoir. Monday 3-5pm.

Ann Herrick: “Someone Like Him” (2016) and many other young adult novels. Saturday 1-5pm.

Evelyn Searle Hess: “Building a Better Nest: Living Lightly at Home and in the World” (a second memoir of life at her rustic home in the Coast Range west of Eugene). Sunday 11am-7pm.

Diana Hoffman: "Lighting the Earth", an illustrated children's book emphasizing the importance of strong family relations. Monday 11am-1pm and 3-5pm.

Leigh Anne Jasheway: “Don't Laugh! You'll Wake the Dog!” and many other humor books. Saturday 1-5pm.

Ruby McConnell: “A Woman's Guide to the Wild”, (2016, nonfiction guide to outdoors lore for women). Saturday 1-3pm.

Catherine McGuire: “Poetic License 2015” (poems). Sunday 5-7pm.

Michael Pace: “To Have a Graveyard as a Friend” (2016, novel about a funeral director who starts reconstructing the lives of his dead clients). Saturday 3-5pm.

Tanya Peterson: “Twenty-Four Shadows” (2016, novel about a man with 24 identities) and other novels. Monday 1-3pm.

Seven Phoenix, Ph.D.: “American Pub Trivia, Volume 2” (Q-A selections from a long-time pub trivia host). Saturday 11am-1pm.

Dean Rea: “The Garden” (2016, novel about the disrupted wedding plans of two journalists), “Touch All Your Bases” (advice to great-grandchildren), and “Confessions of a Professor” (memoir of his 30 years as a journalism professor). Saturday 11am-3pm.

Janice D. Rubin: “Transcending Damnation Creek Trail & Other Poems.” Sunday 11am-7pm.

Bill Sarnoff: “This Is What I Remember” (2016, memoir) and “Around the Samovar” (stories told by his Russian immigrant parents and relatives). Saturday 5-7pm.

Chris Scofield: “The Shark Curtain” (a young adult novel set in Portland in the 1960s). Monday 3-7pm.

Marie Simmons: “Whole World Vegetarian” (2016) and many other cookbooks. Monday 11am-3pm.

Kaya Singer: “Wiser & Wilder: A Soulful Path for Visionary Woman Entrepreneurs” (2016). Saturday 5-7pm.

William Sullivan: “100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Oregon Coast & Coast Range, Fourth Edition” (2016) and other books about Oregon adventure, history, and mystery. All day every day.

Anita Sullivan: “The Seventh Dragon” (nonfiction about the philosophy of piano tuning), “Ever After” (novel set in Greece), and other books. Monday 11am-1pm.

Susan Sygall: “No Ordinary Days: A Journey of Activism, Globe-Trotting, and Unexpected Pleasures” (memoir about overcoming paraplegia to found Mobility International). Sunday 11am-3pm.

Shirley Tallman: "Death on Telegraph Hill” and other murder mysteries set in San Francisco in the 1880s. Saturday 1-5pm.

Muabilai Tshionyi: “Sticky Attraction” (2016), “The Fearless Badger”, and other children’s books based on African folk tales the author heard as a child. Sunday 11am-5pm.

Katharine Valentino: “Setting Forth -- On a Literary Itinerary” (2016, anthology including poetry, short stories, and fiction). Sunday 11am-5pm.

Duana Welch: “Love Factually: 10 Proven Steps from I Wish to I Do” (guide that “applies science to your love life, from before you meet until you commit”). Saturday 5-7pm Sunday 3-7pm, and Monday 3-7pm.

Edwin Wollert: “Packs” (novel set in Alaska) and “Dreamers of the Grail” (novel based on Arthurian legend). Saturday 3-5pm.

Linda Ziedrich: "The Joy of Pickling”, “The Joy of Jam, Jellies, and Other Sweet Preserves”, and other cookbooks. Monday 1-3pm.