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 2018 event, to be held Wednesday, July 18 through Sunday, July 22:


2018 REGISTER-GUARD ARTICLE (for Books section, Sunday, July 15)

45 Authors to Appear at Lane County Fair

By William L. Sullivan

45 Authors to Appear at Lane County Fair

By William L. Sullivan

Several of the 45 Oregon authors appearing at this year’s Lane County Fair July 18-22 have new books about historical events, sometimes with a fictional twist.


Deb Mohr, the Eugene author who has previously written historical novels about Oregon suffragettes and the 1960s civil rights movement in Mississippi, returns to the subject of pioneer Oregon with a new historical novel, “A Land Beyond Knowing.” This one deals with conflicts between the Paiute people and early Eastern Oregon settlers.

Dan Armstrong, who last year completed a trilogy of historical novels about the slave of the Greek mathematician Archimedes, has returned to ancient Rome for his latest work, "Cornelia: The First Woman of Rome," a novel set 80 years before the death of Caesar.

Carola Dunn has written 23 “cosy” murder mysteries set in England in the 1920s. New this year is “Murder at the Crystal Palace,” once again featuring her popular detective Daisy Dalrymple.

Ken Babbs is the Merry Prankster who helped Ken Kesey write “Last Go Round,” a novel about the 1911 Pendleton Round-Up. Babbs will bring copies to autograph, along with his own novel set in Vietnam, “Who Shot the Water Buffalo?” He will also have a new chapbook, “We Were Arrested,” a selection from his upcoming book, “Cronies,” about the adventures of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters.

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:


Hank Alley: “The Dahlia Field” (stories). Thursday 3-5pm.

Dan Armstrong: "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. Thursday 11am-7pm.

Lynn Ash: “Eugeneana: Memoir of an Oregon Hometown, and "Vagabonda," a memoir of camping stories. Friday 3-7pm.

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

Joe Blakely: “Murder on Oregon’s Coast Highway, 1961” and books about sports and history. Wednesday and Friday 11am-3pm, Thursday 11am-7pm, and Sunday 11am-5pm.

C. Steven Blue: “The Power of a Woman” (2018, poems). Sunday 11am-7pm.

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

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

Charles R. Castle: "A Good-Night in America" and "The Season's Second Coming" (poems). Sunday 11am-7pm.

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

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

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

Carola Dunn: "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. Thursday 1-5pm.

Ingrid Edstrom: "Protect Your Breasts," a wellness program with free downloads of medical advice and relaxation techniques. Wednesday and Friday 3-7pm.

Pat Edwards: “The Baileys of Bailey Hill,” nonfiction about a South Eugene pioneer family. Thursday 11am-1pm.

Ed Fender: "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. Wednesday and Sunday 11am-7pm.

Michael Foster: “Tangent: An Unusual Romance” (2018) and “Through Time and Other Stories” (2018). Thursday through Saturday 11am-5pm.

Tim Fox: "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. Sunday 11am-1pm.

Dana Furgerson: "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. Saturday 11am-7pm.

Melissa Hart: "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). Thursday 1-3pm.

Robert Heilman: “The World Pool” (essays and stories) and “Overstory Zero” (literary nonfiction about living and working in a small Southern Oregon timber town). Sunday 3-7pm.

Julie Furst Henning: "100 Things to Do in Eugene Before You Die" (2018). Saturday and Sunday 1-5pm.

Ann Herrick: "The Ugly Girl Party" (2018), "Boss of the Whole Sixth Grade," and many other young adult novels. Thursday 1-5pm.

Patrick Hyland: “Candlestick: Night FAC Over Laos” (memoir of Vietnam experiences as an Air Force pilot). Wednesday through Saturday 5-7pm.

Patricia Jacobs: “A Long View” (a memoir of growing up in Longview, Washington) and “Oscar the Osprey, a High-Diving Fish Hawk” (children’s fiction). Wednesday and Friday 11am-3pm.

Don Jenkins: “The Wayward Drop” and other crime novels set in Oregon. Thursday and Friday 11am-1pm and Saturday 5-7pm.

Sai Marie Johnson: "Embracing His Empire" (2018, a romance set on the planet Kanavisil), "Simply Scarlet" (novel), and "The Softer Side of Texas" (crime/thriller/romance). Sunday 5-7pm.

Deanna Larson: “Menagerie Ranch: The Miracles and Mayhem of Animal Rescue.” Friday 1-3pm.

Mary E. Lowd: "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. Wednesday and Friday 1-5pm, Thursday 3-7pm.

W. B. Martin: “Shoving Back the Shadows” (2018, a novel about school shootings), "Trouble Leaves Too Slow" (an action thriller), and "Vincent Van Gogh Likes Cats " (a young adult murder mystery). Wednesday 11am-7pm, Friday 11am-1pm, and Saturday 5-7pm.

Leandra Martin: "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. Saturday 3-5pm.

Donna McFarland: “Worship at the Keys: A Piano Method Book” (2018), as well as Christmas piano books and children’s fiction. Thursday 11am-1pm and 5-7pm.

Deb Mohr: “A Land Beyond Knowing” (2018), a novel about conflicts between early Eastern Oregon settlers and Paiute people. Friday 3-5pm.

R. Gregory Nokes: “The Troubled Life of Peter Burnett: Oregon Pioneer and First Governor of California.” Sunday 11am-3pm.

Charlotte Peterson: “The Mindful Parent: Strategies from Peaceful Cultures to Raise Compassionate, Competent Kids.” Saturday 11am-1pm.

Carol Riggs: “The Body Institute,” a sci-fi novel about a girl who gets a job losing weight for other people by downloading her mind into their bodies. Saturday 11am-1pm.

Howard W. Robertson: “Love in the Cretaceous,” a novel set in a dinosaur park 100 years in the future. Sunday 5-7pm.

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

Kathy Schneider: “David Prince Helfrich,” a biography of the McKenzie River raft guide who passed away in 2017. Thursday and Friday 11am-1pm and Saturday 5-7pm.

Dorcas Smucker: "Fragrant Whiffs of Joy," and other collections of her newspaper columns from the Register-Guard about life on a Harrisburg farm. Wednesday 11am-3pm.

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

Shirley Tallman, “Death on Telegraph Hill” and other murder mysteries set in San Francisco in the 1880s. Friday and Saturday 11am-3pm.

Muabilai “Dr. T” Tshionyi, 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). Wednesday and Friday 3-7pm and Saturday 11am-7pm.

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

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

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Wednesday, July 18

11am-3pm: Patty Jacobs (memoir)

11am-3pm: Dorcas Smucker (RG columns)

11am-3pm: Jerry Sutherland (Oregon history)

11am-7pm: Ed Fender (adventure memoir)

11am-3pm: Joe Blakely (Oregon history)

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

11am-7pm: W.B. Martin (action novels)

1pm-5pm: Mary Lowd (furry fiction)

3pm-5pm: Jennifer Chambers (history)

3pm-7pm: Ingrid Edstrom (health)

3pm-7pm: Dr. T (African folk tales)

5pm-7pm: Patrick Hyland (Vietnam memoir)


Thursday, July 19

11am-1pm: Donna McFarland (childrens)

11am-1pm: Don Jenkins (crime)

11am-1pm: Kathy Schneider (biography)

11am-1pm: Pat Edwards (history)

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

11am-7pm: Dan Armstrong (novels)

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

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

1pm-3pm: Melissa Hart (nature)

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

1pm-5pm: Carola Dunn (mysteries)

3pm-5pm: Hank Alley (stories)

3pm-7pm: Mary Lowd (furry sci fi)

5pm-7pm: Donna McFarland (childrens)

5pm-7pm: Patrick Hyland (Vietnam memoir)

5pm-7pm: James Burke (thrillers)

5pm-7pm: Doug Wise (novels)

5pm-7pm: John Dewitz (mystery)


Friday, July 20

11am-1pm: Don Jenkins (crime)

11am-1pm: Kathy Schneider (biography)

11am-1pm: W.B. Martin (action novels)

11am-3pm: Shirley Tallman (mystery)

11am-3pm: Patty Jacobs (memoir)

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

11am-3pm: Joe Blakely (Oregon history)

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

1pm-3pm: Deanna Larson (memoir)

1pm-5pm: Mary Lowd (furry fiction)

3pm-5pm: Deb Mohr (history, novels)

3pm-7pm: Lynn Ash (memoir)

3pm-7pm: Ingrid Edstrom (health)

3pm-7pm: Dr. T (African folk tales)

5pm-7pm: Patrick Hyland (Vietnam memoir)

5pm-7pm: Tyler Burgess (walking)

5pm-7pm: Ken Woody (football)


Saturday, July 21

11am-1pm: Carol Riggs (sci fi, fantasy)

11am-1pm: Charlotte Peterson (parenting)

11am-3pm: Shirley Tallman (mystery)

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

11am-7pm: Dr. T (African folk tales)

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

1pm-7pm: Shirley Tallman (mystery)

1pm-5pm: Ken Babbs (novels)

1pm-5pm: Julie Henning (non-fiction)

1pm-5pm: Gary Cornelius (memoir, novel)

3pm-5pm: Leandra Martin (fantasy)

5pm-7pm: Patrick Hyland (Vietnam memoir)

5pm-7pm: Don Jenkins (crime)

5pm-7pm: Kathy Schneider (biography)

5pm-7pm: W.B. Martin (action novels)

5pm-7pm: Ken Woody (football)


Sunday, July 22

11am-1pm: Lewis Luchs (novels, memoir)

11am-1pm: Tim Fox (sci fi)

11am-3pm: Greg Nokes (history)

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

11am-7pm: Charles Castle (poetry)

11am-7pm: Dan Armstrong (novels)

11am-7pm: Ed Fender (memoir)

11am-5pm: Joe Blakely (history, novels)

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

1pm-5pm: Barb Ryan (inspiration)

1pm-5pm: Julie Henning (non-fiction)

3pm-7pm: Bob Heilman (essays)

5pm-7pm: Howard Robertson (novel)

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