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

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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.

The Dim Continent – Jo Sparkes

Marra travels to the heart of a fabled Continent – and the center of a fight she doesn’t know exists, among men she thinks an ocean away.

The Agben School taught the art of using herbs to heal or enhance. Yet Marra saw one woman’s brews detect a passing prince and cloak a creature’s true appearance. A forbidden discipline – and being wielded against Tryst’s throne.

The key ingredient grows only on the Dim Continent.

Journeying with her mentor to this fabled place, she stumbles on another secret. The Women of Agben include Terrin females – the same hairy creatures that kidnapped a king. Now the trust that bound the two species together is rapidly corroding.

Marra doesn’t know Prince Tryst has also pursued the traitors to this wild, dangerous land. Or that Drail travels with him, to provide gamesmen cover.

In a land of strange beings and dangerous animals, Marra, Tryst, and Drail must again pool their skills, this time not just to save themselves – but to save all their people. The fate of Skullan and Trumen alike depends on defeating a powerful enemy who has plotted their destruction for centuries.

The final battle looms in the evil heart of power – the Dim Continent.

Renouncing life in the corporate world, Jo Sparkes studied screenwriting with Robert Powell, student of renowned teachers Lew Hunter and Richard Walter, head and heart of UCLA’s Screenwriting Program. Her body of work includes scripts for Children’s live-action and animated television programs, a direct to video Children’s DVD, commercial work for corporate clients, and a feature writer on ReZoom.com.

Called the Arizona Sports Fans Network’s most popular writer, she garnered renown for her humorous articles, player interviews and game coverage. Jo was unofficially the first to interview Emmitt Smith when he arrived in Arizona to play for the Cardinals.

She has served as an adjunct teacher at the Film School at Scottsdale Community College, and even made a video of her most beloved lecture. Her book for writers and artists, “Feedback How to Give It How to Get It” was born to help her students — and indeed, all artists.

She’s won a Kay Snow award for best screenplay, and a Silver IPPY and two B.R.A.G. Medallions for her fantasy series, The Legend of the Gamesmen. Her dog, Oscar, has chewed two of the four so far.

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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