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 Performance Hall next to the glass-roofed Atrium, the Oregon Authors Table offers authors free booth space and no sales fee, but the fair charges an admission fee .

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 2022 event, to be held Wednesday, July 20 through Sunday, July 24:

Oregon Authors Debut Books at Lane County Fair

By William L. Sullivan

The pandemic that canceled author tours had a silver lining: Oregon authors had time to write interesting new books. Now that restrictions have lifted, 33 authors will be at the Lane County Fair July 20-24, discussing and autographing their latest works.

This year “Zetty”, a novel by Eugene mental health therapist Debra Whiting Alexander, won the national Eric Hoffer Award for legacy fiction. Her recently released sequel, "A River for Gemma," is already earning top reviews, and for the same reason: Alexander understands that women who are pigeonholed as “intellectually disabled” can possess surprising strength, genius, and emotion. Set in the Willamette Valley, the new book follows Gemma, whose wish to have a child collides with her family’s hidden past.

Set partly in Eugene during the counterculture 1960s, Micah Thorp’s debut novel “Uncle Joe’s Muse” follows the long strange trip of a fictitious rock band. The story begins when a 12-year-old girl shows up at the house where the aging, dissolute band members have crashed, announcing that she has been sent to live with her father – although she doesn’t reveal which band member it is, and none of them remembers her mother. Eventually Jerry Garcia’s guitar, Woodstock, and Ken Kesey’s bus all come into play.

Lauren Kessler, well known for 15 books of biography and narrative nonfiction, has turned her attention to the 2.3 million American citizens who are incarcerated. In “A Grip of Time: When Prison Is Your Life” she interviewed the “lifers” who will never be released. Her new book, “Free: Two Years, Six Lives, and the Long Journey Home” tells the stories of those who have returned to society. She marvels at the rate of success, although prison has poorly prepared these people for the outside world, and the outside world isn’t entirely welcoming.

A tall magician who tends to wear black hats and long black coats, Taylor Ellwood moved to Eugene to perform a different kind of magic – writing novels about zombies. The three he’s published in the past year deal with Sam, who thinks his new job as customer support rep for the Zombie Apocalypse Call Center is a joke, until telepathic alien super zombies actually start showing up. Ellwood previously published the "Learning How to Be a Hero" series of graphic novels. That trilogy charts the progress of Nelson, a shy superhero who has to learn to fly, escape bad guys, and ultimately save the world.

This year the Oregon Authors Table at the Lane County Fair will be in the Performance Hall beside the doors to the glass-roofed atrium. Because the table only has room for about eight authors at a time, check the schedule if you want to meet a specific author.

Authors appearing at the fair are:

Wednesday, July 20

11am-5pm, A. Lynn Ash (travel memoirs)

11am-7pm, Robert Heilman (essays)

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

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

1-3pm, Mary Sharon Moore (writing memoirs)

1-3pm, Mike Pungercar (WWII history)

1-5pm, Brenda Sanders (children’s books)

1-5pm, Michael Pace (WWII novel)

3-5pm, David Wagner (nature/gardening)

5-7pm, Curt Angeledes (photography)

5-7pm, Judith Van (adventure novel)

Thursday, July 21

11am-5pm, A. Lynn Ash (travel memoirs)

11am-5pm, Donna McFarland (self-publishing)

11am-7pm, Pat Edwards (Lane County history)

11am-7pm, Dan Armstrong (historical novels)

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

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

1-5pm, Carola Dunn (mystery)

1-5pm, Ann Herrick (young adult)

5-7pm, Curt Angeledes (photography)

5-7pm, Ken Helphand (Oregon history)

Friday, July 22

11am-1pm and 5-7pm, Ken Woody (sports)

11am-3pm, Dan Liberthson (spy novel)

11am-3pm, Michael Foster (novels)

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

11am-3pm, Ron Miner (WWII novels/memoirs)

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

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

1-3pm, David Wagner (nature/gardening)

1-5pm, David Turner (Lane County history)

3-5pm, Amy Palatnik (romance memoir)

3-7pm, A. Lynn Ash (adventure memoirs)

3-7pm, Sharleen Nelson (time travel novels)

3-7pm, Edwin Wollert (novels)

3-7pm, Brenda Sanders (children’s books)

5-7pm, Michael Pace (WWII novel)

Saturday, July 23

11am-1pm, Taylor Ellwood (graphic novels)

11am-1pm, “Dr. T” Tshionyi (African folk tales)

11am-1pm, Judith Van (adventure novel)

11am-1pm, Edwin Wollert (novels)

11am-3pm, Lauren Kessler (biographies)

11am-7pm, Dan Armstrong (historical novels)

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

1-3pm, Amy Palatnick (romance memoir)

1-3pm, Ken Babbs (Merry Prankster memoir)

1-5pm, Debra Alexander (novels)

1-5pm, Dorothy Soper (children’s books)

3-7pm, A. Lynn Ash (adventure memoirs)

3-7pm, Sharleen Nelson (time travel novels)

5-7pm, Ken Helphand (Oregon history)

5-7pm, Ken Woody (sports)

Sunday, July 24

11am-1pm, Jerry Rust (mystery)

11am-1pm, Mike Pungercar (WWII history)

11am-3pm, James Burke ()

11am-3pm, Evelyn Hess (memoirs)

11am-3pm, David Turner (Lane County history)

11am-5pm, William Sullivan (hiking, novels)

11am-5pm, Ken Woody (sports)

1-5pm, Micah Thorp (novel set in Eugene)

1-5pm, Dorothy Soper (children’s books)

3-5pm, Taylor Ellwood (graphic novels)

3-5pm, Marli Miller (Oregon geology)

3-5pm, Tom Warner (US geography)