Northwest writers gather for annual event

Since 2003, the Southern Oregon Book & Author Fair has been a regular regional event providing the public the opportunity to meet almost 60 Northwest authors. The writers will be on hand at the event to personally sell and sign their books. This year's fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, the Second Floor Ballroom and Conservatory at the Ashland Springs Hotel, 212 E. Main St., Ashland

The annual event features a wide variety of both fiction and nonfiction works.

"Immortal Warrior," which marks the debut of a new paranormal romance series, is the sixth book by this year's featured author, Lisa Hendrix of Medford. Publisher Berkley/Jove is releasing the book in time for this event. Hendrix's awards include the Reviewers International Organization Dorothy Parker Award of Excellence 2001 Honorable Mention for "To Marry An Irish Rogue." The same book won the Emerald City Keeper Award 2000 as Best Single Title Contemporary; "Razzle Dazzle" garnered the 1999 Blue Boa Award; "Hostage Heart" was a Finalist in Romantic Times Magazine for Best Western Historical Romance of 1994.

Janis Hunt Johnson, also of Medford, will be signing and selling her book, "Five Smooth Stones: Our Power to Heal without Medicine through the Science of Prayer." This self-help book is a new title from CS Renewal, the latest imprint of The Wisdom Exchange, an ecumenical publisher founded by Rabbi David Zaslow in Ashland.

Ashlander Edwin Battistella is the author of several books exploring aspects of language and its relationship to social conditions and constraints. His "Bad Language" earned finalist honors for the 2006 Oregon Book Awards.

Mystery readers can indulge in the adventures created by authors such as Christian/cozy mystery writer Lorena McCourtney of Grants Pass, whose Ivy Malone series is now followed by her Andi McConnell series. McCourtney is the winner of the 2007 ("On the Run") and 2005 ("Invisible") Inspirational Division of the Daphne du Maurier Mystery/Suspense Awards.

Other mystery writers represented at the fair include Donald Ball, Shirley Gooch and Debra Murphy.

Romance readers can enjoy Phoenix resident Jura MacLean Sherwood's historical fiction, including her award-winning Revolutionary War time-travel romance, "Christmas In Time."

WWII historical fiction includes "On Falcon's Wings" by Marshall Umpleby. Memoir writers bring their personal adventures to readers' living rooms. Talent author Claire Krulikowski's travels along India's Ganges River are described in "Moonlight on the Ganga" (winner of Best Editing Award) and her inspirational "Living A Radical Peace."

Medford's Betty Grant Henshaw's memoir, "Children of the Dust: An Oakie Family," was a 2007 Finalist for the Oklahoma Book Awards for her genuine telling of growing up in the Dust Bowl days. "Flashback Artist" by Lisa Everly shares the heartening story of a woman who overcame abusive hardships through art and her relationship with God.

For art history, check out Dawna Curler. Wine enthusiasts can see Judy Reynold's book, "Once Upon A Vine: The Secret Stories of California's Artisan Wineries." Oregon/Rogue Valley nature guides, business and other works are included.

This year's "Parents Choice" award was given to Ashland resident Rebecca Olien's "Kid's Write" who also wrote "Kid's Care." "It Was My Star" by Barbara Irvin and Theresa Gooch supplement their children's tale with a song-filled audio disc tucked inside.

"Alchemical Woman: A Journal for Everyday Soulwork" by Ramona Rubio and Catherine Rubio offers spiritual guidance. Meanwhile, poetry lovers will enjoy Elize A. Lockhart's "Peace Poems." Liz Robinson's work has captured the attention of the Oregon State Poetry Association and she's offering her two volumes at the fair.

For more information, call 535-3390.

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