Join us for a reading from A Change in the Wind, a new historical fiction novel from William L. Alton.
The Holy Roman Empire has crumbled, but upon its bones Napoleon is building another. But the darkness is deeper than wars and politics, as a new spiritual battle is spreading across the Germanies. The wind is changing, as names of old gods are spoken again, and a secret evil mentioned only in legend is arising, leaving the defense of the world to a handful of simple but brave souls.
Set in Central Europe at the beginning of the 19th century, A Change in the Wind chronicles the spreading darkness and the deeds of those simple people caught in the grip of a fight they cannot win, and often cannot even fathom.
William L. Alton was born November 5, 1969 and started writing in the Eighties while incarcerated in a psychiatric prison. Since then his work has appeared in Main Channel Voices, World Audience and Breadcrumb Scabs among others. In 2010, he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He has published several books. One collection of flash fiction, Girls, two collections of poetry titled Heroes of Silence and Heat Washes Through, a memoir titled My Name is Bill and a novel that came out in 2015 titled Flesh and Bone. He earned both his BA and MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon.
Join us for the launch of The Mayan Red Queen: Tz’aakb’u Ahau of Palenque, book three in the Mists of Palenque series by Leonide Martin.
A shy Mayan girl transforms into a powerful queen with an immense role in her people’s destiny. The Mayan Red Queen is “beautifully written . . . plot very unique” (Writer’s Digest) and a touching love story as she wins the greatest ruler’s heart and together they restore the portal to the Gods, bringing the city to heights of power and grandeur.
Author Barbara Ridley will be sharing her book of historical fiction, When It’s Over, with us. While taking place in Europe in the 1930’s, the topic is current today. “Coming of age in Prague in the 1930’s, Lena Kulkova is inspired by the left-wing activists who resist the rise of fascism.” Come to discuss, and to be read to.
This group is a genre mashup! Join us for 4 different authors, in 4 different genres, for an afternoon of good writing. We’ll hear from Erica Satifka (Stay Crazy, science fiction), Jeannie Burt (When Patty Went Away, literary fiction), Mandy Smith (Secrets in Big Sky Country, memoir), and Patricia Kullberg (Girl in the River, historical fiction). It’s a fun way to experience local authors writing across genres, and a fun way to spend part of your afternoon.