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. For general information about the festival, see

For the Oregon Authors Table, 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 $10 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 2018 event:

Social Issues Tackled by Local Authors

By William L. Sullivan

Social injustice is among the topics of new books by local authors featured at the Art & the Vineyard Festival in Eugene during the July 6-8 weekend. Forty-three authors will be at the festival’s Oregon Authors Table to discuss and autograph their books.

Eugene writer Alice Tallmadge delves into the social panic over ritual sexual abuse, a craze that tormented the 1980s. In her new book, “Now I Can See the Moon: A Story of Social Panic, False Memories, and a Life Cut Short.” Tallmadge reveals that her emotionally fragile niece in Utah committed suicide after coming to believe she was under the control of a cult that had abused her since childhood. Lyrically written, the book investigates the panic that gave rise to her niece’s false memoires, and the guilt Tallmadge feels for her lost relative.

Jennifer Chambers, the Creswell author who has written everything from vampire tales to electrifying memoirs, turns to Oregon’s social history with "Abigail Scott Duniway and Susan B. Anthony in Oregon: Hesitate No Longer." The new book brings to life the suffragettes who fought for the right to vote in Oregon half a century before women finally won the ballot.

Carmel Hanes’ debut novel, "Crooked Grow the Trees," wrestles with the issue of incarcerated boys and the staff who monitor them – a subject that becomes more pertinent with each school shooting. As a retired public school psychologist, Hanes knows the issues here first hand, having worked with troubled youth in public schools and correctional facilities.

Eugene author Ann Herrick has written dozens of young adult novels, but her latest, "The Ugly Girl Party," tackles the topical issues of bullying and body image among teenage girls.

The Oregon Authors Table is located beside the festival’s wine courtyard in Eugene’s Alton Baker Park. Admission to the festival is $10 for adults and $5 for kids age 6 to 14.


The table has room for about eight authors at a time, so if you want to meet a specific author, be sure to check the following schedule of appearances.


Dan Armstrong (Friday and Saturday 11am-7pm, Sunday 11am-5pm): "Cornelia: The First Woman of Rome," a novel set 80 years before the death of Caesar, and "The Eyes of Archimedes", a trilogy about the Greek mathematician and his slave.

A. Lynn Ash (Friday 3-7pm and Saturday 11am-1pm): "Eugeneana: Memoir of an Oregon Hometown" and "Vagabonda," a memoir of camping stories.

Ken Babbs (Saturday 1-5pm): “Last Go Round,” a novel co-authored with Ken Kesey, and “Who Shot the Water Buffalo?” a novel about Vietnam.

Joe Blakely (Friday and Saturday 11am-7pm, Sunday 11am-5pm): "Murder on Oregon's Coast Highway, 1961" (mystery), "Deady Hall: A Ghostly Encounter" (ghost story set at the UO), and "Bigfoot and the Ancient Forest" (mystery novella).

C. Steven Blue (Sunday 11am-5pm): “The Power of a Woman” (2018, poems).

Tyler Burgess (Friday and Saturday 5-7pm and Sunday 1-3pm): "Eugene and Springfield Townscape Walks" (2018) and "Walking the Way of St. James: 1800 Miles Across Europe on the Pilgrim Path" (2018).

James Burke (Friday 5-7pm): “The Woman Who Roared” (the third in his Jake Matthews medical thriller trilogy,” and “The Tao of Thermodynamics”.

Charles R. Castle (Sunday 11am-5pm): "A Good-Night in America" and "The Season's Second Coming" (poems).

Jennifer Chambers ((Friday 3-5pm): "Abigail Scott Duniway and Susan B. Anthony in Oregon: Hesitate No Longer" (2018, non-fiction) and "Remarkable Oregon Women: Revolutionaries & Visionaries."

Gary Cornelius (Sunday 1-5pm): "Chasing Ivory: An Alaska Murder Mystery and Love Story," and "Dancing With Gogos" (memoir of his Peace Corps service in a Zulu village in South Africa).

Linda Crew (Friday 1-5pm): "Wedding in Yangshuo: a Memoir of Love, Language, and the Journey of a Lifetime to the Heart of China" (2018) and "Accidental Addict: a True Story of Pain and Healing" (memoir about overcoming prescribed opioids and Xanax).

Linda Cummens (Sunday 3-5pm): “Kick Back: A Passion for Freedom” (2018, poems) and "Haiku Spirit: Reflections" (poems).

John DeWitz (Friday 5-7pm): “Wrath,” “Return of the Wolf,” and “Bamboozled” (mysteries set in Oregon).

Carola Dunn (Saturday 1-5pm): "The Corpse at Crystal Palace” (2018) is the 23rd in her popular Daisy Dalrymple murder mysteries, set in England in the 1920s, and "Buried in the Country" is her fourth murder mystery set in Cornwall.

Ingrid Edstrom (Sunday 11am-1pm): "Protect Your Breasts," a wellness program with free downloads of medical advice and relaxation techniques that “could freeze or cure breast cancer with cryoablation.”

Ed Fender (Friday 11am-3pm): "Idyllic Peru," an adventure memoir of his experiences in Peru, and "Infinite River," a thriller set on a Rogue River raft trip with factual geology.

Tim Fox (Friday 11am-3pm): "The Afterlands Convergence" and "Children of the Orbs," sci-fi trilogies set 14,000 years in Earth's future, when a receding Ice Age reveals high-tech artifacts that could plunge the world into chaos.

Dana Furgerson (Saturday 3-7pm): "Stardust," the final volume in a preteen trilogy about Violet and Ollie as they travel through time in an attempt to change civilization's trajectory so that humans don't cause global warming.

Erica Goss (Sunday 11am-3pm): “Night Court” (poems).

Carmel Hanes (Sunday 11am-1pm): "Crooked Grow the Trees," debut novel about incarcerated boys and the staff who monitor them.

Melissa Hart (Saturday 1-3pm): "Avenging the Owl" (young adult novel that is a 2018-19 Oregon Battle of the Books selection) and "Wild Within: How Rescuing Owls Inspired a Family" (non-fiction).

Julie Furst Henning (Sunday 11am-1pm): "100 Things to Do in Eugene Before You Die" (2018).

Ann Herrick (Saturday 1-3pm): "The Ugly Girl Party" (2018), "Boss of the Whole Sixth Grade," and many other young adult novels.

Amalie Rush Hill (Sunday 3-5pm): "Moments Before Midnight" (2018, Oregon poetry anthology) and "The House on Prune Alley" (poems).

Leigh Anne Jasheway (Saturday 3-7pm): "The Dogs' Guide to Human(Kind)" (lessons on empathy from the authors' seven dachshunds), "Bedtime Stories for Dogs," and many other humor books.

Sai Marie Johnson (Sunday 3-5pm): "Embracing His Empire" (2018, romance set on the planet Kanavisil), "Simply Scarlet" (novel), and "The Softer Side of Texas" (crime/thriller/romance).

Autumn Lorraine (Sunday 1-5pm): "Astrobiologist Aurora" (poems).

Mary E. Lowd (Friday 1-5pm, Saturday 3-7pm, Sunday 1-5pm): "The Snake's Song: A Labyrinth of Souls Novel" (2018, a dark fantasy adventure about a squirrel), "Otters in Space 3: Octopus Ascending," and other "furry" science fiction novels.

Lewis Luchs (Friday 11am-1pm): "Children of the Manse Two" (2018, short stories about four abused, adopted children), "Diplomatic Tales (memoir of his career as an American diplomat), and "Children of the Manse" (story of child abuse and adoption).

W. B. Martin (Friday 5-7pm): “Shoving Back the Shadows” (2018, novel about school shootings), "Trouble Leaves Too Slow" (action thriller), "Vincent Van Gogh Likes Cats " (young adult murder mystery), and other novels.

Leandra Martin (Saturday 11am-1pm): "Through the Veil: Book 1 in the Veil of Shadows series," "L'Landra's Tale: A New Day for the Dauntless," and other fantasy novels.

Nancy Carol Moody (Sunday 11am-3pm): "The House of Nobody Home,” "Photograph With Girls," and other books of poetry.

Sharleen Nelson (Saturday 5-7pm): "The Time Tourists" (2018), a novel about a girl who is able to travel through time by looking at old photographs. She founds a detective agency and goes back in time to find a runaway girl and a missing stereoscope photo.

Laura Romeyn (Sunday 11am-1pm): "Breathing Spirit: Prayers for the emotional and frequently frantic but often grateful."

Barb Ryan (Sunday 1-5pm): "Love Loves Fear," a book about the relationship between love and fear.

Dorcas Smucker (Friday 1-5pm): "Fragrant Whiffs of Joy," and other collections of her newspaper columns from the Register-Guard about life on a Harrisburg farm.

William L. Sullivan (Friday and Saturday 11am-7pm, Sunday 11am-5pm): Updated Oregon hiking guidebooks and “Little Travelers: Six Months in Europe With Two Kids” (2018, memoir).

Alice Tallmadge (Saturday 11am-1pm): "Now I Can See the Moon: A Story of Social Panic, False Memories, and a Life Cut Short" (2018, non-fiction).

Muabilai “Dr. T” Tshionyi (Satuday 11am-7pm): African folk tales for children, including "The Snake and the Mongoose" (2018), "The Monkey and the Frog: My Way Or No Way" (2018), and "The Two Brothers: Dishonesty and Reconciliation" (2018).

Sarah Kate Istra Winter (Saturday 11am-1pm): "The City Is a Labyrinth: A Walking Guide for Urban Animists" (2018), a pocket-sized guide to finding spiritual connection in a city landscape through mindful walking, and "The Secret History of Carnival Talk," slang spoken in carnivals during the Depression.

Doug Wise (Friday 5-7pm): “Zeke MacGregor: Retribution,” a sequel to his first historical novel set in the pioneer Southwest.

Ken Woody (Friday 5-7pm): "After Further Review: An Inside Look at What's Really Happening on the Football Field," a guide to watching football games.