Lane County Fair authors

THE LANE COUNTY FAIR – The Oregon Authors Table has become a popular feature of the five-day county fair in Eugene in late July. Authors are sent an email invitation in early April, and sign up for as many two-hour booksigning slots as they like. Held in the glass-roofed Atrium between the fair's two largest exhibition halls, the Oregon Authors Table offers authors free booth space and no sales fee, but the fair charges an admission fee of $9 per day (or $20 for the entire fair if you buy advance tickets at Bi-Mart). 

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 2017 event, to be held Wednesday, July 19 through Sunday, July 23:


2017 REGISTER-GUARD ARTICLE (for Books section, Sunday, July 16)

For info contact: Bill Sullivan,, 541-683-6837


40 Authors to Appear at Lane County Fair

By William L. Sullivan

Several nationally-famous authors will be at the Lane County Fair for this year’s Oregon Authors Table, daring to compete for fairgoers’ attention with the Alaska Racing Pigs and the Elephant Ears.

Jane Kirkpatrick has sold more than a million copies of her historical novels about pioneer women. She grew up in Wisconsin, became a director of mental health programs in Central Oregon, and wrote many of her books on a remote homestead along the John Day River.

Kirkpatrick will be at the fair with two dozen novels, including her latest work, “This Road We Traveled," about Tabitha Moffat Brown, a pioneer honored as the "Mother of Oregon.”

Wayne Harrison, who teaches creative writing at OSU, was featured on National Public Radio as one of the nation’s rising literary stars. The Lane County Fair will be one of his few local appearances this year.

After the “Atlantic” magazine published Harrison’s working-class short story about a car mechanic who falls in love with his boss’s wife, he expanded the story to a full-length novel, “The Spark and the Drive.” His new book for 2017 is a collection of short fiction, “Wrench and Other Stories” by the New American Press.

Carola Dunn’s “cozy” English murder mysteries have won a world-wide following, both in English and in translation. Dunn grew up in England, but has written most of her novels at her home in the River Road area of Eugene.

“Buried in the Country” is Dunn’s fourth mystery set in Cornwall, in rural southeast England. “Superfluous Women” is the 22nd in her series of English mysteries tackled by the popular amateur sleuth Daisy Dalrymple in the “roaring” 1920s.

Because the Oregon Authors Table only has room for seven authors at a time, check the schedule if you want to meet a specific author. The table is in the glass-roofed atrium between the two largest exhibit halls of the fairgrounds.

Authors appearing this year are:


Lorraine Anderson: “Earth & Eros” and “Wild in the Willamette”, anthologies of nature writings edited by Anderson. Saturday 11am-3pm.

Dan Armstrong: “Zama” is the final historical novel in a trilogy about the Greek mathematician Archimedes and his slave in ancient Rome. Sunday 11am-7pm.

Joe Blakely: “The Drain Black Sox of Oregon vs. the Alpine Cowboys of Texas” and other books about sports and history. Wednesday through Sunday, 11am-7pm.

C. Steven Blue: “Wondsongs” and other books of poetry. Sunday 11am-7pm.

Charles Castle: “A Good-night In America” (2017, poems). Sunday 11am-7pm.

Jennifer Chambers: “Remarkable Oregon Women: Revolutionaries & Visionaries” and other books about women, self-advocacy, and the paranormal. Friday 5-7pm.

Gary Cornelius: “Chasing Ivory: An Alaska Murder Mystery and Love Story” (2017). Saturday 3-7pm.

Theo Czuk: “Heart-Scarred”, a novel about a boy alone in the wilderness. Friday 11am-1pm.

Carola Dunn: “Buried in the Country” is her fourth murder mystery set in Cornwall. “Superfluous Women” is number 22 in her Daisy Dalrymple murder mystery series. Thursday 1-5pm.

Ed Fender: “Idyllic Peru” (2017, adventure memoir) and “Infinite River” (novel). Thursday 11am-5pm and Saturday 3-7pm.

Kenneth Fenter: Seven novels and three non-fiction books that deal with cross-cultural social issues. Wednesday and Friday 11am-7pm.

Michael Foster: “Wakanisha: Can We Stand” and other historical novels about the Lakota Sioux.  Wednesday-Saturday 11am-5pm.

Tim Fox: “The Afterlands Convergence” includes three sci-fi trilogies set 14,000 years in Earth’s future. Sunday 11am-7pm.

Wayne Harrison: "Wrench and Other Stories" (2017), and "The Spark and the Drive", a novel about a young automobile mechanic who falls in love with his boss's wife.

Ann Herrick: “Boss of the whole Sixth Grade” (2017) and many other young adult novels. Thursday 1-5pm.

Evelyn Searle Hess: “To the Woods” and “Building a Better Nest”, memoirs of building a home in the Coast Range west of Eugene. Wednesday and Friday 11am-7pm.

Amalie Rush Hill: “The House on Prune Alley” and other books of poetry. Sunday 11am-1pm.

Leigh Anne Jasheway: “Bedtime Stories for Dogs”, “Bedtime Stories for Cats” and many other humor books by the Register-Guard columnist and Slug Queen. Saturday 1-3pm.

Don Jenkins: “The Wayward Drop” (2017) and other crime novels. Thursday and Friday 5-7pm.

Janet Sumner Johnson: “The Last Great Adventure of the PB&J Society”, a young adult novel. Saturday 11am-3pm.

Sai Marie Johnson: “Simply Scarlet” (2017, a novel), “Embracing His Empire” (2017, a romance set on the planet Kanavisil), and other works of fiction and poetry. Sunday 5-7pm.

Nikki King: “Finding Life After Losing One: A Parent’s Guide for When a Child Dies.” Wednesday 5-7pm.

Jane Kirkpatrick: "This Road We Traveled" (a novel about Tabitah Moffat Brown, the "Mother of Oregon"), and dozens of other novels, especially about pioneer Oregon women. Saturday 3-7pm and Sunday 1-5pm.

Sage Liskey: “The Happiest Choice: Essential Tools for Everyone’s Brain Feelings”, “A Century of Moon Phases,” “You Are a Great and Powerful Wizard”, and “How to Trim Weed Fast.” Friday 11am-7pm.

Autumn Lorraine: “Astrophysicist Akimie Explores the Universe” (poems). Sunday 1-5pm.

Mary E. Lowd: “Otters in Space 3: Octopus Ascending” (2017) and other “furry” sci-fi novels. Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday 3-5pm.

Mary-Kate Mackey: “Write Better Right Now”. Friday 1-3pm.

Catherina McGuire: “Lifeline” (2017), “Poetry & Chickens, Second Edition” (2017) and other books of poems. Sunday 1-3pm.

Joshua Mertz: “First and Last Wishes” (2017, poems). Sunday 3-5pm.

Deb Mohr: “Great Day in the Morning”, a novel about a girl growing up in Mississippi, and “The Flume Tender’s Daughter”, about pioneer suffragists in rural Lane County. Thursday 3-5pm.

Mike Pungercar: “The Promise Kept” (a nonfiction account of the B-17 bomber crews in World War II). Wednesday and Thursday, 11am-3pm.

Carol Riggs: “The Body Institute” and three other young adult novels. Saturday 5-7pm.

ElsieMarie Rochna: “Archie’s Magic Summer”, a children’s book. Wednesday and Thursday 11am-1pm.

Laura Romeyn: “Breathing Spirit: Prayers for the emotional and frequently frantic but often grateful” (2017, poems). Sunday 5-7pm.

Bill Sarnoff: “This Is What I Remember” and “Around the Samovar” (memoirs). Saturday and Sunday 11am-1pm.

Dorcas Smucker: “Footprints On the Ceiling” and other collections of Register-Guard columns about life on a Harrisburg farm. Thursday 1-5pm.

Jonathan Thomas Stratman: Six young adult adventure/mystery novels set in Alaska, including “Cheechako,” “Float Monkeys” and “Musher!” Thursday 11am-1pm.

William L. Sullivan: “The Case of the Reborn Bhagwan” (2017, murder mystery) and “100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Southern Oregon & Northern California” (2017). Wednesday through Sunday, 11am-7pm.

Shirley Tallman: “Death on Telegraph Hill” and other murder mysteries set in San Francisco in the 1880s. Wednesday 1-7pm and Saturday 1-7pm.

Muabilyai Tshionyi (Dr. “T”): “The Leopard and Chameleon” (2017) and “How the Turtle Got His Tattoos” (2017), African folk tales for children. Sunday 11am-3pm.

David Turner: “Along the Long Tom River” (2017), a book with historic photos and stories of Kalapuyans, settlers, and farmers in the area west of Eugene. Thursday 5-7pm and Saturday 11am-1pm.

Linde Wicklund: “When School Bells Rang in Lane County: Heritage Stories” (2017). Thursday 5-7pm.





 Wednesday, July 19

11am-1pm: ElsieMarie Rochna (childrens)

11am-3pm: Mike Pungercar (WW II history)

11am-5pm: Michael Foster (historical fiction)

11am-7pm: Ken Fenter (novels)

11am-7pm: Joe Blakely (Oregon history)

11am-7pm: William Sullivan (hiking, history, novels)

11am-7pm: Evelyn Searle Hess (memoirs)

1pm-7pm: Shirley Tallman (mystery)

3pm-5pm: Mary Lowd (furry fiction)

5pm-7pm: Nikki King (self-help)


Thursday, July 20

11am-1pm: ElsieMarie Rochna (childrens)

11am-1pm: Jonathan Stratman (young adult)

11am-3pm: Mike Pungercar (WW II history)

11am-5pm: Michael Foster (historical novels)

11am-5pm: Ed Fender (novels, memoir)

11am-7pm: Joe Blakely (Oregon history)

11am-7pm: William Sullivan (hiking, history,

1pm-5pm: Ann Herrick (young adult novels)

1pm-5pm: Carola Dunn (mysteries)

1pm-5pm: Dorcas Smucker (columns)

3pm-5pm: Deb Mohr (novels)

5pm-7pm: David Turner (history)

5pm-7pm: Dan Jenkins (crime novels)

5pm-7pm: Linde Wicklund (history)


Friday, July 21

11am-1pm: Theo Czuk (novel)

11am-5pm: Michael Foster (historical novels)

11am-7pm: Sage Liskey (self-help)

11am-7pm: Evelyn Searle Hess (memoirs)

11am-7pm: Ken Fenter (novels)

11am-7pm: Joe Blakely (Oregon history)

11am-7pm: William Sullivan (hiking, history, novels)

1pm-3pm: Mary-Kate Mackay (self-help)

3pm-5pm: Mary Lowd (furry fiction)

3pm-7pm: Jennifer Chambers (history, novels)

5pm-7pm: Don Jenkins (crime novels)

5pm-7pm: Jennifer Chambers (history)


Saturday, July 22

11am-1pm: David Turner (history)

11am-1pm: Bill Sarnoff (memoir)

11am-3pm: Lorraine Anderson (nature)

11am-3pm: Janet Sumner Johnson (young adult)

11am-5pm: Michael Foster (historical fiction)

11am-7pm: Joe Blakely (Oregon history)

11am-7pm: William Sullivan (hiking, history, novels)

1pm-7pm: Shirley Tallman (mystery)

1pm-3pm: Leigh Anne Jasheway (humor) 1pm-5pm: Danute Pfeiffer (memoir)

3pm-7pm: Jane Kirkpatrick (historical fiction)

3pm-7pm: Gary Cornelius (memoir, novel)

3pm-7pm: Ed Fender (novel, memoir)

5pm-7pm: Carol Riggs (young adult)


Sunday, July 23

11am-1pm: Bill Sarnoff (memoir)

11am-1pm: Anita Rush Hill (poetry)

11am-3pm: Wayne Harrison (fiction)

11am-3pm: Dr. “T” (African folk tales)

11am-7pm: C. Steven Blue (poetry)

11am-7pm: Charles Castle (poetry)

11am-7pm: Dan Armstrong (novels)

11am-7pm: Tim Fox (sci-fi)

11am-7pm: Joe Blakely (history, novels)

11am-7pm: William Sullivan (hiking, history, novels)

1pm-5pm: Jane Kirkpatrick (historical fiction)

1pm-5pm: Autumn Lorraine (poetry)

3pm-5pm: Joshua Mertz (poetry)

3pm-5pm: Mary Lowd (furry fiction)

5pm-7pm: Laura Romeyn (poetry)

5pm-7pm: Sai Marie Johnson (novels)