Author Philip Margolin at The Dalles Public Library Saturday, March 7 at 1 p.m.

New York Times bestselling Author, Philip Margolin is coming to The Dalles Saturday, March 7 at The Dalles Public Library at 1 p.m.

Woman With a GunPhillip MargolinHere’s some background on him from Wikipedia:

Margolin was born in New York City in 1944. After receiving a B.A. in Government in 1965, from American University in Washington, D.C.,  he worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia until 1967.  He graduated from the New York University School of Law in 1970, and has worked for 25 years as a criminal defense attorney, an occupation of choice inspired by the Perry Mason books.He started to work in 1970 at the Oregon Court of Appeals.

He published his first story, a short story titled “The Girl in the Yellow Bikini”, in 1974, and became a full-time writer in 1996.

His second novel, “The Last Innocent Man” was adopted for an HBO movie starring Ed Harris. His third book, “Gone But Not Forgotten”  was translated into more than 20 languages, sold over 1.5 million copies, and was made into a TV mini-series in 2004 by Warner Bros. starring Brooke Shields and Scott Glenn.

His 19th novel, “Woman With a Gun” is the focus of his visit to The Dalles.

We interviewed him from his office in Portland Thursday, and he told us he was just putting the finishing touches on his 20th novel.

You can hear that interview by clicking on the grey podcast bar below.

Margolin’s website is here.

George Byron Wright – In The Wake of Our Misdeeds

George Byron Wright is a native son of The Dalles, who remembers fondly his grade school days at Joseph G. Wilson and enjoys visiting his local relatives. Though he’s published a half-dozen novels, this is the first time he’s set one at least partly in The Dalles, and local readers will recognize familiar places and details.

He will be appearing Saturday, February 28 at The Dalles Wasco County Public Library for reading and conversation.

Below is the description of his newest book, taken from his website

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In the wee hours of a November morning in 2007, a truckload of recycled cars forces an SUV into the dark waters of Hood Canal. The passengers, Carson Barrus and his wife Naomi, submerge carrying all of their discontent with them. Carson frees himself from the sinking vehicle and crawls out of the canal knowing his wife is dead. From the shadows, he bears witness to his own death before disappearing into the darkness.

He drifts into Oregon, where he is taken in by an unlikely set of allies in Wasco County at a place called The Dalles. There he assumes a new identity and sets out in search of a child born somewhere in Oklahoma four years earlier: a child he’s never seen, a boy born to his baby sister, Aleta, a child she wasn’t allowed to keep—and with her suicide, a child who will never know his mother’s touch.

Carson’s latent obsession over his sister’s child pushes aside all logic. He’s been given an unrestrained moment to do what he should have done back when it mattered. Behind the mask of his supposed death, he proceeds to right a wrong.

To hear our interview with George Byron Wright, click on the grey podcast button below

Dale Brandenburger – Grizzly Trade

Author Dale Brandenburger and fellow Alaska author C.B. Bernard will both be at Klindt’s Booksellers in The Dalles Saturday, Feb. 21 to meet their fans and autograph copies of their books. C.B. Bernard’s “Chasing Alaska” was a National Geographic top choice, and a finalist for a 2014 Oregon Book Award.

Grizzly TradeDale BrandenburgerOne reviewer described “Grizzly Trade” as Northern Exposure meets Breaking Bad, which is a great elevator pitch line for what I hope will be an eventual movie. It rings true because there are meth dealers involved and memorable Alaskan characters — some of them just a bit over the line, and some of them a lot. The book takes place in the town of Alkoot, a fictional amalgamation of several Southeast Alaskan towns. It centers on Red, a Vietnam War veteran with an anger management problem, a curly red beard and a secret pot-growing operation; and Tim, a muckraking but goodhearted reporter everyone in town loves to hate. Brandenberger served 24 years in the Alaska Department of Fish & Wildlife. Much of the book is based on things that have really happened, Brandenburger said. Cruise ships illegally dumping chemicals into Alaskan waters in order to save money? It’s happened. People poaching bears to sell their gallbladders and paws to Asian markets? It happens, and when Brandenburger talked to fish and wildlife troopers, he realized it happens more often than he thought.

This is GOOD STUFF, not to be missed.

Here’s the Amazon synopsis: Escape to the last frontier and find out what life on the edge is really like. Sliding seamlessly between poignancy and laugh-out-loud fun, “Grizzly Trade” is a raucous romp through the Alaskan wilderness. Red just wants to be left alone in his Alaskan retreat, but when the taciturn Viet Nam vet starts to find dead bears in the forest with their paws hacked off, he is forced wage war once more, and this time he intends to win. Tim Branson is a gregarious small-town reporter, looking for a news story that sizzles. Despite their differences, they are forced to become allies when a methamphetamine addict and an unemployed lumberjack start selling bear gallbladders and paws on the Asian aphrodisiac market. While trying to track down the poachers, Red and Branson discover toxic chemicals dumped on the pristine salmon fishing grounds. Accusations fly and the entire town takes sides. Tim’s job and Red’s sanity are at stake as they try to find the connection between the bear killings and the environmental disaster. As they follow the money trail, the unlikely duo must deal with an array of eccentric characters, including a lethal ornithologist who enjoys arson as much as he enjoys bird watching, an aphrodisiac-gobbling cruise ship captain with a woman in every port, and an egotistic state trooper with comprehension problems.

Check out the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/grizzlytrade

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Diane Muldrow – Everything I Need To Know About Love I Learned From a Little Golden Book

Diane MuldrowEverything I need to know about love I Learned From a Little Golden BookWho isn’t familiar with Little Golden Books? Billions have been sold since they were first introduced in 1942. With the iconic shiny book spines that have changed very little over the last 70 years, Little Golden Books have covered most, if not all, life situations. Longtime editor of the series, Diane Muldrow has translated those lessons as a volume for adults, in Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book.

Her latest in the series addresses an issue on everyone’s mind come February- L-O-V-E. And what’s not to love about a book about love! In Everything I Need To Know About Love I Learned From A Little Golden Book, Muldrow tackles love’s trials and tribulations with favorite characters such as the Saggy Baggy Elephant and Scuffy the Tugboat along with valuable tidbits of advice on the ups and downs of love.

To listen to our interview, click on the grey podcast bar below.

About the Author: Diane Muldrow author of the Everything I Need to Know series, is the editorial director of Golden Books and is the ultimate expert on all things Little Golden Books. She is author of the Everything I Need to Know Series. She herself fell in love while writing this book!

ABOUT GOLDEN BOOKS:
In 1942, the launch of Little Golden Books revolutionized children’s book publishing by making high-quality picture books available at affordable prices. More than 60 years later, many of the original Golden Book titles are still wildly popular, with The Poky Little Puppy topping the list of the ten bestselling children’s books of all time. Golden Book’s backlist is teeming with classics and features the stories and artwork of children’s book legends Mary Blair, Margaret Wise Brown, Richard Scarry, Eloise Wilkins, Garth Williams, and many more.

Ron Lieber – The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who are Grounded, Generous, and smart about Money

Here’s the publisher’s publicity on the book. To listen to our interview, click on the grey podcast bar below:

The Opposite of SpoiledRon Lieber 219For personal finance columnist and father Ron Lieber, good parenting means talking about money with our kids. Children are hyper-aware of money, and they have scores of questions about its nuances. Written in a warm, accessible voice, grounded in real-world experience and stories from families with a range of incomesThe Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money is both a practical guidebook and a values-based philosophy.

The foundation of this book is a detailed blueprint for the best ways to handle the basics: the tooth fairy, allowance, chores, charity, saving, birthdays, holidays, cell phones, checking accounts, clothing, cars, part-time jobs, and college tuition. It identifies a set of traits and virtues that embody the opposite of spoiled, and share how to embrace the topic of money to help parents raise kids who are more generous and less materialistic.

With a warm, personal touch and stories drawn from families with a wide range of incomes, Lieber combines a practical financial primer with a foundation of values and virtues, tackling such questions as:

  • Should you tell your kids how much money you make?
  • What’s the point of an allowance, and what should the terms be?
  • Should every child work — and pay for some of college themselves?
  • How do you explain why some friends have more money and some have less?
  • What’s the best way to make giving a family activity?
  • When does a child tip over into materialism, and what can you do about it?

William R. Forstchen – Day of Wrath

Day of WrathWilliam ForstchenThis novella by New York Times bestselling author William R. Forstchen imagines a horrifying scenario where, in the course of one day, the terrorist group ISIS carries out massacres in schools and on highways across the United States. With a surprisingly small but well-organized and ruthless force, the nightmarish devastation brings America to a state of near-paralysis.

Author of ONE SECOND AFTER and PILLAR TO THE SKY, this heart-stopping novella brings home just how fragile our defenses and infrastructure really are. It is also a story of heroic efforts to save lives, while sounding a wake-up call to American citizens and their government.

Story: Bob Petersen arrives with his daughter at the Middle Grade school in Maine where he teaches, expecting another regular day but worried about what recent ominous news reports might portend. Suddenly his school — along with many others across the United States — is under attack. Gunmen burst in, slaughtering children and adults alike.

From the ISIS leader in Syria, to the murderous rampages throughout the U.S., Day of Wrath reveals with chilling effect how national panic and paralyzing terror at the spiraling violence can bring a mighty country to a near-standstill. Petersen’s fight to save lives and stop the merciless gunmen provides edge-of-the-seat drama. Day of Wrath is a provocative work that should stimulate an intense national debate.

The above is a description of the novella from Amazon.

Let me add that Forstchen’s work is a page-turner of the highest order. Don’t start this until you’ve cleared some time, because you’re not going to put it down.  And it is a wake-up call for an all-too likely development we hope never happens.

He was kind enough to give us an extended interview which you can listen to by clicking on the grey podcast bar below.

 

Bryn Fleming – Cassie and Jasper To the Rescue: Book 1 of the Range Rider Series

Cassie and Jasper coverBryn FlemingTime is short. A horse is in danger. Can cowgirl Cassie and her sidekick Jasper rescue the horse from the owner’s villainous son? Or will the mare go to the local auction and meet a bad end?

The ranch kids, raised on rodeos and cattle drives, resurrect the dilapidated corral and barn of an abandoned homestead to house the soon-to-be-rescued mare. The kids hide, sneak, and spy on the neglectful horse owners. Then, in a desperate night ride, Cassie and Jasper attempt to lead the rescued horse to safety. Danger trails close behind them on a roaring four-wheeler. Jasper musters his courage and risks all for the horse and his friend.

Along the way a new friendship and understanding develops as Cassie and Jasper help the neglected horse’s elderly owner to care for her properly. At the abandoned ranch, the pursuer reappears, forcing Cassie into a dangerous game of hide-and-seek in the old ranch buildings. She’s trapped in the old barn, along with the mare. Will Jasper return in time? Are the kids’ cowboy skills enough to save them all?

That’s the storyline to Bryn Fleming’s “Cassie and Jasper to the Rescue,” the first in a projected series known as the Range Riders. It’s aimed at animal-loving middle grade readers, but Fleming’s clean prose and understanding of middle-grader’s feelings makes for a comfortable read for adults as well. Fleming hails from Mitchell, Oregon, and a strong sense of place comes through. She was one of the authors at Klindt’s in The Dalles this holiday season, and is well worth seeking out if you missed that appearance. You can hear our Dec. 19 interview with her by clicking on the grey podcast bar below.

About the author: First time author, Bryn Fleming, volunteered at a wildlife care center as a teenager and hopes this book will inspire kids to get involved with animal rescue groups. She loves writing, animals, and adventure and has taught creative writing classes, worked in seven different National Parks from Denali in Alaska, to Yellowstone and the Florida Everglades, crewed on sailing yachts in Australia, New Zealand and the Caribbean, worked at the Oregon Zoo for ten years, and now is a fish biology field technician helping to restore endangered wild steelhead to Oregon rivers. She lives in Oregon with rescue dogs Harley and Pippin, shelter cats Amber and Angel, horses Sky and Skookum, an adopted wild burro Biscuit and a mini-mule Mercy. Facebook at: Cassie andJasper. There are more adventures to come in her new series.

Author’s website: http://www.brynfleming.com/