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 sullivan@efn.org 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:

37 Authors to Appear at Lane County Fair

 

Coloring books, memoirs, and novels are among the new books that will be featured by thirty-seven local authors at the Lane County Fair in Eugene July 20-24.

Dean Rea, a retired Register-Guard editor, will not only be autographing his memoir, “Confessions of a Professor” but will also bring his new novel, “The Garden.”

Jennifer Chambers is best known for her horror books about zombies and vampires, but she has also written memoirs and books about Oregon women pioneers. Her latest is “Revolutionaries & Visionaries Coloring Book.”

Kenneth Fenter, the author of many novels about Japan and the American West, will bring his latest, “Nagasaki Spring.”

Ann Herrick is the queen of young adult fiction, especially for girls. Her new book for 2016 is “Someone Like Him.”

 

Feisty at the age of 83, Patrice Dotson has written and illustrated a humorous new book, “Dating Tips for the Septuagenarian.”

Bill Sarnoff, a frequent Register-Guard letter-to-the-editor contributor, has a new memoir, “This Is What I Remember.” It adds to his previous book, “Around the Samovar,” stories told by his Russian immigrant parents and relatives when he was growing up in Chicago.

Check the schedule if you want to meet a specific author. The Oregon Authors Table is in the glass-roofed atrium between the two largest exhibit halls of the fairgrounds.

 

Authors appearing this year are:

 

Dan Armstrong: “The Eyes of Archimedes” (historical novel about the Greek mathematician and his slave) and other novels. Thursday 11am-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 about Oregon history. All day every day.

James Burke: “The Pocket Watch” (2016, a sci-fi time travel adventure) and other novels. Wednesday 5-7pm.

Jennifer Chambers: “Revolutionaries & Visionaries Coloring Book” (2016), and many books of fiction, history, and memoir. Friday 3-7pm.

Alan Contreras: “Pursuit of Happiness: An Introduction to the Libertarian Ethos of Charles Erskine Scott Wood”, “Handbook of Oregon Birds”, and other nonfiction books. Friday 1-5pm.

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

Kathleen Cremonesi: "Love in the Elephant Tent (memoir of running away with an Italian circus to become a shark-taming showgirl and meet her elephant-keeper husband). Saturday 5-7pm.

John Dewitz: “Bamboozled” (2016, forestry sleuth Jack Lunquist investigates a timber theft) and other mysteries. Wednesday 5-7pm.

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

Carola Dunn: “Superfluous Women” is the 22nd in her popular Daisy Dalrymple murder mysteries, set in England in the 1920. Thursday 1-7pm.

Kenneth Fenter: “Nagasaki Spring” (2016 novel, sequel to “Gifted Hands”) and other novels set in Japan and the American West. All day every day.

Michael Foster: “Wakanisha: Can We Stand” (2016) and other historical novels about the Lakota Sioux. 11am-1pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday.

Dana Furgerson: “Stardust and Sapphire Eyes” (2016, preteen time-traveling illustrated adventure) and other novels. Wednesday 1-5pm.

David Hascall: “Tahoe of the North” (2016, second novel in a trilogy about the pioneer development plans at Waldo Lake. Friday and Sunday 5-7pm.

Robert Heilman: “The World Pool” (2016, essays and stories), and “Overstory Zero” (a non-fiction account of the Forest Service's clearcutting practices). Saturday 11am-7pm.

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

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

Randy Hill: “The Oil Conspiracy” and other thrillers. Saturday 5-7pm.

Diana Lynne Hoffman: “Lighting the Earth” (illustrated children's book emphasizing the importance of strong family relations). Wednesday 3-5pm.

Lauri Khodabandehloo: “Lonely Girl, Gracious God” (inspirational memoir about raising a child with autism). Saturday 11am-1pm.

Don Leach: “An Uncalled Witness” (novel about a Cold War spy) and other novels and non-fiction books. Saturday 3-5pm and Sunday 11am-1pm.

R.C. Marlen: "Unbeknownst”, “Grist” and four other historical novels set in pioneer Oregon. Wednesday 11am-7pm.

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

Donna McFarland: “Follow the Star: Christmas Songs for Piano (Levels 1-5 and new Fake Book)”, “Sam and the Dragon: A Medieval Mars Story”, and other children’s books. Thursday 5-7pm.

Deb Mohr, “Great Day in the Morning” (novel about a girl growing up in Mississippi during the early days of the 1960s civil rights movement) and other novels. Friday 3-5pm.

Michael Pace: “To Have a Graveyard as a Friend” (2016), his memoir as a funeral director, reconstructing the lives of his clients. Thursday 1-3pm.

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

Dean Rea: “The Garden” (2016, a novel about the disrupted wedding plans of two journalists), “Touch All Your Bases” (advice to great-grandchildren), “Confessions of a Professor” (a memoir of his 30 years as a journalism professor). Thursday through Saturday 1-3pm.

Elsie Marie Rochna: “Archie's Magic Summer” (children's book). Wednesday and Friday 5pm-7pm.

Bill Sarnoff: “This Is What I Remember” (2016, memoir) and “Around the Samovar: A Memoir”(stories told by his Russian immigrant parents and relatives in Chicago when he was growing up). 11am-1pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday.

Charles H. Snellings: “The Hidebehind” (horror novel set on raft trip on Idaho's Middle Fork Salmon River), and “Here There Be Dragons”, Wednesday 5-7pm.

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

Susan Sygall: “No Ordinary Days: A Journey of Activism, Globe-Trotting, and Unexpected Pleasures” (a memoir about her life and career in a wheelchair, and founding Mobility International). Wednesday 11am-5pm.

Shirley Tallman: "Death on Telegraph Hill” and other murder mysteries set in San Francisco in the 1880s. Saturday 11am-5pm and Sunday 1-5pm.

Muabilai Tshionyi: “Sticky Attraction” (2016) and other children’s books based on African tales he heard as a child. Sunday 11am-5pm.

Duana Welch: “Love Factually: 10 Proven Steps from I Wish to I Do,” a nonfiction guide that “applies science to your love life, from before you meet until you commit.” Every day 3-7pm.

Doug Wise: “Skunk Williams: Legacy” (a historical novel set on the Tennessee frontier in 1834). Wednesday 5-7pm.

 

 

Wednesday, July 20

11am-1pm: Bill Sarnoff (memoir)

11am-1pm: Michael Foster (historical novels)

11am-3pm: Sysan Sygall (memoir)

11am-7pm: R.C. Marlen (historical fiction)

11am-7pm: Ken Fenter (novels)

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

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

1pm-3pm: Ruby McConnell (outdoors)

1pm-5pm: Dana Furgerson (fiction)

3pm-5pm: Diana Hoffman (children)

3pm-7pm: Duana Welch (love advice)

5pm-7pm: ElsieMarie Rochna (children)

5pm-7pm: The Write Guys (fiction)

 

Thursday, July 21

11am-1pm: Bill Sarnoff (memoir)

11am-1pm: Michael Foster (historical novels)

11am-7pm: Dan Armstrong (novels)

11am-7pm: Ken Fenter (novels)

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

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

1pm-3pm: Michael Pace (memoir)

1pm-3pm: Dean Rea (memoir, novel)

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

1pm-7pm: Carola Dunn (mysteries)

3pm-7pm: Duana Welch (love advice)

5pm-7pm: Donna McFarland (children and music)

 

Friday, July 22

11am-1pm: Bill Sarnoff (memoir)

11am-1pm: Michael Foster (historical novels)

11am-1pm: Patrice Dotson (advice, novel)

11am-3pm: Gary Cornelius (novels)

11am-7pm: Ken Fenter (novels)

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

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

1pm-3pm: Ruby McConnell (outdoors)

1pm-5pm: Alan Contreras (birds, history)

1pm-3pm: Dean Rea (memoir, novel)

3pm-5pm: Deb Mohr (historical novels)

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

3pm-7pm: Duana Welch (love advice)

5pm-7pm: ElsieMarie Rochna (children)

5pm-7pm: David Hascall (historical fiction)

 

Saturday, July 23

11am-1pm: Seven Phoenix, Ph.D.: (trivia)

11am-3pm: Laurie Khodabandehloo (memoir)

11am-5pm: Shirley Tallman (mysteries)

11am-7pm: Bob Heilman (essays)

11am-7pm: Ken Fenter (novels)

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

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

1pm-3pm: Dean Rea (memoir, novel)

3pm-5pm: Don Leach (novels, nonfiction)

3pm-7pm: Duana Welch (love advice)

5pm-7pm: Kathleen Cremonesi (novel)

5pm-7pm: Randy Hill (thrillers)

 

Sunday, July 24

11am-1pm: Bill Sarnoff (memoir)

11am-1pm: Michael Foster (historical novels)

11am-1pm: Don Leach (novels, nonfiction)

11am-5pm: Muabilai Tshionyi (children)

11am-7pm: Ken Fenter (novels)

11am-7pm: Evelyn Hess (memoir)

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

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

1pm-3pm: Patrice Dotson (advice, novel)

1pm-5pm: Shirley Tallman (mysteries)

3pm-7pm: Duana Welch (love advice)

5pm-7pm: David Hascall (historical fiction)

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