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October Bloomsbury Author Events

October 9 @ 7:00 pm

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One event on October 28, 2019 at 7:00pm

Thursday October 3rd 7:00 pm

Melissa Matthewson author of

Tracing the Desire Line: A Memoir in Essays

Tracing the Desire Line follows a writer’s journey of opening her marriage with her husband. The story—told through short memoirs, essays, lists, letters, and hybrid prose poems—is an intimate inquiry into one woman’s search for autonomy with detours into meditations on music, motherhood, religion, love, and wildness.

Monday October 7th 7:00pm

Journeys in Honor of Pride Week


Manyan Orescan Campos, Ann Southcombe and MaryAnn Shank

MANYA ORESCAN CAMPOS, author of “A Look of Defiance. Radiant”

Manya Orescan Campos is a Queer Xicana Poet and Mama. Her work explores cultural and queer identity, environmental sanity, and aims to challenges a system that keeps us from the intimate and sacred.

ANN SOUTHCOMBE, author of “Tales from Gorilla Girl: The Magic and Mystery of My Life with Animals”

This fascinating and heartfelt memoir is about Ann Southcombe’s life dedicated to her love and caring for animals. Ms. Southcombe’s dedication and passion for animals has stretched over forty years and has taken her to the wilds of the Amazon, the undersea world of Hawaii, and the beautiful forested mountains of Oregon. 

MARYANN SHANK, author of “The Mystical Land of Myrrh”

When the mystical land of Somalia called to her in the late 1960’s MaryAnn answered the call. With the massive negative messages about Somalis, MaryAnn knew it was time to tell the world about a different Somalia, the one that she learned of during her two year tour. This is a fictional telling of warriors and savages, of a Goddess and a stranger in a very strange and magical land. It is the real story of the Somalia she knew.


Thursday October 10th 7:00 pm

Nevada Barr the author of her new novel

What Rose Forgot

In New York Times bestselling author Nevada Barr’s gripping standalone, a grandmother in her sixties emerges from a mental fog to find she’s trapped in her worst nightmare.

Rose Dennis wakes up in a hospital gown, her brain in a fog, only to discover that she’s been committed to an Alzheimer’s Unit in a nursing home. With no memory of how she ended up in this position, Rose is sure that something is very wrong. When she overhears one of the administrators saying about her that she’s “not making it through the week,” Rose is convinced that if she’s to survive, she has to get out of the nursing home.

The only problem is–how does she convince anyone that she’s not actually demented? Her relatives were the ones to commit her, and even she isn’t sure she sounds completely sane. But any lingering doubt Rose herself might have had is erased when a would-be killer shows up in her house in the middle of the night. Now Rose knows that someone is determined to get rid of her.

Nevada Barr is now an Ashland resident.

Wednesday October 9th 7:00 pm

The Poetry of Gary Lark and Clemens Starck

Clemens Starck’s new book is Cathedrals & Parking Lots: Collected Poems, drawn from six books of poetry, including Journeyman’s Wages, winner of the Oregon Book Award. 

Gary Lark’s new poetry collection is Ordinary Gravity from Airlie Press.

Monday October 14th 7:00 pm

Beth Kander author of the novel

Original Syn

It is 50 years after the Singularity, the world is divided into two populations locked in a cold war: Synthetic Citizens, or Syns, human-computer hybrids with extraordinary enhancements and potentially infinite lifespans; and Originals, the individuals who did not merge their bodies with the machines. But the decades-long battle between Original and Syn is almost at an end, because the Originals are on the verge of extinction.

Beth Kander is an award-winning playwright and author. She is also host playwright of Ashland New Plays Festival’s annual Fall Festival, October 16 – 20, 2019.

Thursday October 17th 7:00 pm

Sue DeMarinis author of the novel

The Station Master‘s Wife : a Scandalous Life Exposed

From respectable Station Master’s Wife to secret Madam, Alice was a woman of exceptional resourcefulness in the face of upheaval, betrayal, and prejudice. In 1887, in Ashland, Oregon, this daughter of prominent Oregon pioneers, witnessed the historic completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, when the final Golden Spike was hammered into place in this small Southern Oregon town.

The rails changed everything for this previously isolated hamlet, as well as for Alice. Her family story is set among true historical events that span half a century.

S.K. DeMarinis bought an 1886 Victorian home in Ashland, Oregon in 1985. To celebrate its first century, Sue began to research the original owners and historic events surrounding this house. The Station Master’s Wife is a fictionalized story woven from the history of some very real people and events.

Monday October 21st 7:00 pm

Tahseen Paulson author of

The Princesses of Aikman Road and Impoverished Splendor

This is a fascinating account of three sisters growing up in Lahore, Pakistan. Their father, a prince, kept them isolated from the real world and although they could trace their lineage back to Genghis Khan, they knew nothing of the history of Pakistan and India. For them there would be no arranged marriages, no purdah, no Muslim traditions and no going to school. They led a very sheltered life under the strict rules of their very autocratic father and in this, their story, you will have the chance to look behind those iron gates and see just how strange their childhood was.

Tuesday October 22nd 7:00 pm

Christopher McDougall author of

Running With Sherman: The Donkey With A Heart of a Hero

A heartwarming story about training a rescue donkey to run one of the most challenging races in America.

When Chris McDougall agreed to take in a donkey from an animal hoarder, he thought it would be no harder than the rest of the adjustments he and his family had made after moving from Philadelphia to the heart of Pennsylvania Amish country. But when he arrived, Sherman was in such bad shape he could barely move, and his hair was coming out in clumps. Chris decided to undertake a radical rehabilitation program designed not only to heal Sherman’s body but to heal his mind as well. It turns out the best way to soothe a donkey is to give it a job, and so Chris decided to teach Sherman how to run. He’d heard about burro racing–a unique type of race where humans and donkeys run together in a call-back to mining days–and decided he and Sherman would enter the World Championship in Colorado.

Thursday October 24th 7:00 pm

Mary Theis author of

Inspiration is Only the Spark: Keeping the Creative Flame Burning

When Mary earned a BA in art, she gained a great deal of knowledge about the Arts and techniques for painting and drawing. However, when she was out on her own, she discovered there was something missing. The curriculum had not supplied her with the soft skills she would need to live the life as an artist.

Through the school of hard knocks, research and becoming a creativity coach, Mary has pin-pointed what skills were missing from most artists’ tool boxes: emotional and physical tools that support them in maintaining a creative practice.

Mary Theis is an artist, writer and creativity coach living in Talent, OR. She loves many forms of creative expression and helping others stay focused on their creative practice.

Monday October 28th 7:00 pm

Brian M. Briggs author of

Prove My Soul: Another Side to the Vietnam War

Marine Lieutenant Brian M. Biggs takes us to the front lines, not of a shooting war, but of the battle for the hearts and minds of the Vietnamese people. The story that Biggs pieces together straddles decades, and is full of wry humor and unintended consequences…a remarkable look at a seldom seen side of the Vietnam War.

From 1966-1967, Brian M. Biggs served a unique tour of duty in Vietnam as a Marine Civic Action Officer, an assignment that included teaching English to elementary school teachers in the village of Hoa My–a life-changing experience that developed cherished friendships which have lasted to this day.

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