John H. Fitchen, Ingrid Kincaid, Jim Nail (Inkwater Press)

Join us for readings by three authors from the same publishing house, the first in a new monthly series.

The tales in John H. Fitchen’s Life Through the Lens of a Doctor-Birder are about two grand passions: medicine and birds. Through the eyes of a physician and a birder, we witness the glory that is nature. From a remote Aleutian Island to his own backyard, and from the research lab to the bedside, we see what makes birders tick and doctors marvel.

Ingrid Kincaid’s The Runes Revealed will challenge you to remove the tainted, distorted lens of patriarchal interpretation and start seeing the runes with clearer vision. Long before Odin, the Vikings or Christianity, the runes were. Written in a style that’s a mixture of both prose and poetry, this unconventional book about the runes presents a perspective that is challenging, thought-provoking and controversial.

In Jim Nail’s The Ballad of Johnny Arcane: A Novel, seven summers pass without a champion climbing the silo to claim the Cornfest Prize. Enter young Johnny Arcane, who brings down the hive of bees, the townspeople hefting him onto their shoulders, crying, “Arcane! Arcane!” The legend of Johnny Arcane is born, a saga of a reluctant hero on an epic journey, from his glory at Cornfest, through his shame at the Dolmens, to his most perilous quest-to cross the border between the known and the unknown worlds.

John H. Fitchen, MD, is an Emeritus Professor of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. After nearly twenty years in academics, he accepted a leadership role at Epitope, Inc., the Portland-based biotech company that developed OraSure, the first and only oral HIV test. He has published articles in The Atlantic, Birding, the New England Journal of Medicine, and dozens of other peer-reviewed medical journals. He is an avid birder and lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife Ellen.

Ingrid Kincaid is the daughter of Arctic glaciers, rocky shorelines and windswept moors. She was born knowing the runes. They’re etched in her bones. They’re her lineage, her ancestry, her bloodlines. Their wisdom informs all that she does. People in the community know her as the rune woman. The Runes Revealed is a companion text to an online course of the same name. Visit her website to discover all that she have to offer: classes, rituals, online courses and private, spiritual guidance.

The Ballad of Johnny Arcane started with a song Jim Nail composed in 1973. The song stuck in his mind until, decades later, it exploded into a full novel. Nail is a songwriter, author, father, husband. He lives in Oregon with his wife and fellow author, Claire. They have two grown sons, Brendan and Devin.

Local Author Diane Rios

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Join us for a reading from Bridge of the Gods, a middle grade fantasy from Diane Rios.

Twelve-year-old Chloe Ashton is an only child living in the remote wilderness of Oregon. She spends her days happily exploring the forests around her home, and is astonished to find the animals seem to know her, to follow her, and even try to speak to her. When a family tragedy results in Chloe’s abduction and sale to the vagabonds, she is taken deeper into the woods, and finds out just how much the animals know. Bridge of the Gods is a novel for all ages about the magical power of nature, and of finding friendship in the darkest of places.

Diane Rios lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, Greg, and rescued Labrador, Faye. As a child she spent several years on the road with artisan parents, selling their crafts out of a wooden house truck. Those years on the road gave her the experience of living in the woods of Oregon, drinking from streams and washing in rivers, and learning how to build a good fire by the age of eight. She is also a Francophile; she received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon in French, lived for a year in France as a student, and worked for three years in the French section at Powell’s City of Books. In 2006 she was published as illustrator for Gayle Forman’s travelogue You Can’t Get there From Here on Rodale Press, and in 2012 she wrote and illustrated her first picture book, Dizzy’s Dream, available at Blurb.com. Bridge of the Gods is her first novel.

Science Fiction/Fantasy Book Group – March

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Our book this month is Half a King by Joe Abercrombie. SFF Book Group meets on the second Tuesday of every month. All welcome for the discussion!

Local Author C. LaVielle

Join us in celebrating the launch of Mainly by Moonlight, book two of the Mage Web series by C. LaVielle.

Murder and Magic Make Devastating Partners

Molly Adair is a warrior mage. Her parents are dead and she’s just moved to Portland, Oregon to live with her grandmother. She is so totally not looking forward to starting her junior year at Grant High School. She
doesn’t know anyone and even if she did, she would have nothing in common with them. Things improve immensely when she discovers that Grant is the Mage Web’s magnet school for the United States’ West Coast. She begins
making new friends, both mage and normal, and attending Tesseract Academy, the Mage Web’s school at the center of the circle of time.

But then, someone steals Flick, her sentient sword, from its pocket between the worlds and stabs her best friend through the heart. Molly’s search for her friend’s killer reveals a dark and dangerous secret, forcing her to either find the murderer or become his next victim.

 

Local Author Book Launch with Athena

Athena is releasing her long-awaited prequel to Murder of Crows and she’s launching it in our loft. We’ll celebrate the publication of Sinnet of Dragons with a reading, champagne, a Q&A, and a signing. This is a fantasy book we’ve been waiting ages for, come help us welcome it into the world!

Book Launch for a Magic iPhone Anthology!

Untethered: A Magic iPhone Anthology – 20 stories of magic and technology is launching in our loft. We’ll have a mix of local and close-by authors with us: Amanda Hackwith, Jeremiah Reinmiller, Jonathon Burgess, A Moritz, Raven Oak, and editor Janine A Southard will be joining us and regaling us with tales at the intersection of fantasy and technology!

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