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 2019 event, to be held Wednesday, July 24 through Sunday, July 28:


2019 REGISTER-GUARD ARTICLE (for Books section, Sunday, July 21)

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


 History Authors to Appear at Lane County Fair

By William L. Sullivan

History is a theme for many (but not all) of the new books that will be featured at the Oregon Authors Table at the Lane County Fair this year. Altogether more than 40 authors have scheduled appearances during the fair July 24-28.


After 43 years as a journalist, R. Gregory Nokes retired to write books about Oregon history. “Breaking Chains,” a finalist for the Oregon Book Award, told the story of a black slave family brought in 1844 from Missouri to Oregon, where they had to fight for their freedom in Oregon’s only slavery trial. Nokes’ latest book, “The Troubled Life of Peter Burnett,” deals with the Oregon pioneer who became California’s first governor.


Mike Pungercar of Springfield writes books about the more recent history of World War II. Pungercar is director of South Willamette Valley Honor Flight, a nonprofit service that flies veterans to see the memorials in Washington DC. “It Has Been My Honor,” Pungercar’s just-released book, tells the life stories of five local WWII veterans who took those flights.


Pat Edwards is the unofficial historian of Lorane, having written four books about early days times in southern Lane County. In 2017 she published “The Baileys of Bailey Hill.” New this past year is “The Life and Letters of Captain John O'Brien,” about another local pioneer.


Former director of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, David Turner has turned his attention westward with “Along the Long Tom River,” a book of historic photos and stories of Kalapuyans, settlers, and modern farmers in the Fern Ridge area. On a lighter note, his “Rhymed Recipes” features illustrated cocktail recipes from the 1930s.


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:



Debra Whiting Alexander (Friday 5-7pm): “Zetty,” a debut novel about a mother lost to a rare form of schizophrenia, and a daughter's quest to find her.


Kenn Amdahl (Friday 3-7pm): Amdahl is best known for funny books on dull subjects, like “There Are No Electrons: Electronics for Earthlings,” which inspired the books for Dummies. His novel “Jumper and the Apple Crate” was a finalist for the 2018 Oregon Book Awards.


Dan Armstrong (Wednesday 11am-7pm): “Blake College” (2019, a “psy-fy” mystery set in Eugene in 1970) and a series of historical novels about ancient Rome.


Joe Blakely (All day every day): “Sasquatch” (2019, a book of Bigfoot research by Ken Coons), and books about Oregon history.


C. Steven Blue (Sunday 11am-7pm): “The Power of a Woman” and other books of poetry.


James Burke (Wednesday 1-3pm): “The Book of Eddy, Political Snark” (2019) and “The Woman Who Roared” (a medical thriller).


Gary Cornelius (Friday 11am-3pm): “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).


Joyce Davis (Wednesday and Thursday 5-7pm): “The Frog’s Song” (2019), a memoir of a family of eight who left Oregon to live on a tropical island for a year


Carola Dunn (Thursday 1-5pm): “The Corpse at Crystal Palace” is the 23rd in her popular Daisy Dalrymple murder mysteries, set in England in the 1920s.


Pat Edwards (Thursday 11am-3pm): The “Groundwaters” anthology and “The Life and Letters of Capt. John O'Brien” (second in a series of biographies of Lane County pioneers).


Lona Feldman (Wednesday and Thursday 11am-3pm, Friday 3-7pm): “Believe You Belong” (a children’s book about a fish who looks for where he belongs).


Ed Fender (Friday 11am-3pm and Sunday 11am-7pm): “Edified” (2019), a memoir that includes his service in Vietnam with the Red Cross during the Vietnam War.


Tim Fox (Friday and Sunday 1-5pm): “The Afterlands Convergence,” a sci-fi trilogy set 14,000 years in Earth's future.


Dana Furgerson (Wednesday 11am-7pm): “Muffy the Dragon Child” (2019, a collection of 13 stories) and many other novels and short story collections.


Robert Leo Heilman (Friday 11am-7pm): “Children of Death” (2019, his family’s history of migration from France to Russia to America), “The World Pool” (essays and stories), and “Overstory Zero.”


Ann Herrick (Thursday 1-5pm): “The Next Great Rock Star!” (2019) and many other young adult novels.


Paul Hoobyar (Friday through Sunday 11am-1pm): “Rogue River Reprieve,” a thriller about a wilderness fishing guide on the Rogue River.


Patricia (Patty) Jacobs (Saturday 1-5pm): “Oscar the Osprey” (a children's story) and “A Long View” (memoir).


Ron Lovell (Saturday 11am-3pm): “A Dangerous Assignment” and other mysteries in the Lorenzo Madrid and Martindale series.


Mary E. Lowd (Wednesday and Thursday 3-7pm, Friday 11am-3pm, and Sunday 11am-3pm): “The Snake's Song: A Labyrinth of Souls Novel” and other fantasy/sci-fi novels.


W. B. “Bill” Martin (5-7pm every day): “Shoving Back the Shadows” (a novel about school shootings) and “Trouble Leaves Too Slow” (an action thriller).


Sharleen Nelson (Saturday 1-7pm): “The Time Tourists,” a novel about a female private investigator with the ability to step into the time frame of any photograph.


R. Gregory Nokes (Saturday 11am-7pm): “The Troubled Life of Peter Burnett: Oregon Pioneer and First Governor of California” and other books on Oregon history.


Poets’ Corner (Sunday 11am-7pm): Half a dozen Oregon poets present their books.


Mike Pungercar (Thursday 3-7pm): “It Has Been My Honor” (2019, life stories of five WWII veterans) and “The Promise Kept” (B-17 bomber crews of World War II).


Carol Riggs (Saturday 1-5pm): “The Body Institute,” a young-adult sci fi novel about a girl who gets a job losing weight for other people.


Howard W. Robertson (11am-1pm every day): “Peculiar Pioneer” (novel), “Hyperzotica” (short stories), and “Love in the Cretaceous” (novel).


Dorcas Smucker (Friday 3-7pm): “Fragrant Whiffs of Joy” and other collections of her newspaper columns about life on a Harrisburg farm.


William L. Sullivan (All day every day): “100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Central Oregon Cascades, Fifth Edition” (2019) and “The Ship in the Sand” (2019, a novel about Danish Vikings).


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


David Turner (Thursday 11am-1pm): “Along the Long Tom River,” historic photos and stories of Kalapuyans, settlers, and farmers in Lane County.


Nancy Willard (Wednesday and Friday 11am-3pm and Saturday-Sunday 5-7pm): “The Way of the Donkey” (2019, nonfiction) and “Be Positively Powerful: An Empowerment Plan for Teens Who Are Bullied or Harassed.”


Doug Wise (Friday 3-7pm): “Skunk Williams: Legacy” and other historical novels set on the American frontier.


Edwin Wollert (All day Saturday and Sunday): “Packs” (a novel set mostly in Alaska) and “Dreamers of The Grail” (a novel based on Arthurian legends).


Ken Woody (Thursday 1-5pm and Saturday 11am-3pm): “After Further Review: An Inside Look at What’s Really Happening on the Football Field.”


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Wednesday, July 24

11am-1pm: Howard Robertson (novels)

11am-3pm: Lona Feldman (children’s book)

11am-3pm: Nancy Willard (nonfiction)

11am-7pm: Dan Armstrong (novels)

11am-7pm: Dana Furgerson (stories, novels)

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

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

1pm-3pm: James Burke (novels)

3pm-7pm: Mary Lowd (furry fiction)

5pm-7pm: W.B. “Bill” Martin (novels)

5pm-7pm: Joyce Davis (memoir)


Thursday, July 25

11am-1pm: Howard Robertson (novels)

11am-1pm: David Turner (history)

11am-3pm: Pat Edwards (history)

11am-3pm: Lona Feldman (children’s book)

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

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

1pm-5pm: Carola Dunn (mysteries)

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

1pm-5pm: Ken Woody (football)

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

3pm-7pm: Mike Pungercar (WWII nonfiction)

5pm-7pm: W.B. “Bill” Martin (novels)

5pm-7pm: Joyce Davis (memoir)


Friday, July 26

11am-1pm: Paul Hoobyar (thriller)

11am-1pm: Howard Robertson (novels)

11am-3pm: Gary Cornelius (memoir, novel)

11am-3pm: Ed Fender (memoir)

11am-3pm: Mary Lowd (“furry” fiction)

11am-3pm: Nancy Willard (nonfiction)

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

11am-7pm: Robert Leo Heilman (nonfiction)

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

1pm-5pm: Tim Fox (sci fi)

1pm-5pm: Shirley Tallman (mystery)

3pm-7pm: Kenn Amdahl (nonfiction, novels)

3pm-7pm: Lona Feldman (children’s book)

3pm-7pm: Dorcas Smucker (RG columns)

3pm-7pm: Doug Wise (westerns)

5pm-7pm: Debra Whiting Alexander (novel)

5pm-7pm: W.B. “Bill” Martin (novels)


Saturday, July 27

11am-1pm: Paul Hoobyar (thriller)

11am-1pm: Howard Robertson (novels)

11am-3pm: Ron Lovell (mysteries)

11am-3pm: Ken Woody (football)

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

11am-7pm: R. Gregory Nokes (history)

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

11am-7pm: Ed Wollert (novels)

1pm-5pm: Patricia Jacobs (memoir, childrens)

1pm-5pm: Carol Riggs (young adult sci fi)

1pm-7pm: Sharleen Nelson (time travel)

3pm-7pm: Nancy Willard (nonfiction)

5pm-7pm: W.B. “Bill” Martin (novels)


Sunday, July 28

11am-7pm: POETS’ CORNER (poetry)

11am-1pm: Paul Hoobyar (thriller)

11am-1pm: Howard Robertson (novels)

11am-3pm: Mary Lowd (“furry” fiction)

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

11am-7pm: Ed Fender (memoir)

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

11am-7pm: Ed Wollert (novels)

1pm-5pm: Tim Fox (sci fi)

3pm-7pm: Nancy Willard (nonfiction)

5pm-7pm: W.B. “Bill” Martin (novels)