Donna Henderson – The Eddy Fence

Donna Henderson PoetThe Eddy Fence PoemsTo celebrate National Poetry Month, Klindt’s Booksellers in The Dalles is hosting two great events featuring poet Donna Henderson.

On April 4, From 1:30pm – 4pm, Donna will teach a Writing Workshop. Writers will generate, share and discuss new material. Donna will provide useful prompts to get the creativity flowing. Space is limited. Call or stop by the bookstore to register. $30 registration fee and treats are provided.

At 5:30pm Donna will give a reading from her book, The Eddy Fence. Discussion, book signing and refreshments to follow.’

The Eddy Fence 

Donna Henderson’s new collection traces the contours of the ”eddy fence” where love and loss meet. In poems that confront a mother’s illness, a forest’s destruction, and the struggles to seed new life, she discovers a difficult beauty and passage to healing. Here we encounter a restless intelligence in dialogue with itself, seeking to enter the world more entirely through deeper and deeper seeing.

Donna Henderson

Donna Henderson is the author of two previous chapbook collections of poems, of which the first, Transparent Woman, was a finalist for the 1997 Oregon Book Award in Poetry. Her poems and essays have appeared widely in journals, anthologies and other venues, and have received numerous recognitions, including two Pushcart Prize nominations. Raised in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Donna received a B.A. in Education from the University of Massachusetts, and holds both an M.S.W. from Portland State University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College. She is a practicing psychotherapist and lives with her husband, Rich Sutliff, in Maupin.

Donna Henderson’s The Eddy Fence was named an Oregon Book Award 2010 finalist!

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Fancy Nancy 10th Anniversary and Nancy Clancy, Star of Stage and Screen

Composite Fancy Nancy 10th anniversary and star of stage and screen Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss-Glasser vertThe mega-bestselling picture book phenomenon, Fancy Nancy, is known to millions of little girls for her dazzling wardrobe, her impressive vocabulary and her fondness for anything French.  This year, the FANCYNANCY series is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with the publication of two books, FANCY NANCY 10thAnniversary Edition and NANCY CLANCY, STAR OF STAGE AND SCREEN, a 10th Anniversary RV tour, and the launch of the new Fancy Nancy website,
In the special 10th Anniversary edition of FANCY NANCY, fans will enjoy a free downloadable song from the hit Fancy Nancy Musical as well as the lyrics to the song in the back of the book.
In NANCY CLANCY, STAR OF STAGE AND SCREEN, the fifth chapter book in the NANCY CLANCY series, its Nancy Clancy’s time to shine as she takes center stage in the school play! There’s no way Nancy will get stuck in the chorus again this year-she’ been practicing guitar for months and her audition was superb. So when Nancy gets a callback, she’s overwhelmed with joy! But after Nancy’s performance during the play is captured on a video that gets posted on YouTube, it seems her stardom has gone viral. Will Nancy’s humiliation get the best of her or will she find a way to embrace her newfound fame?
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Dr. Margot E. Brown – Kickstart Your Relationship Now! Move On or Move Out!

Dr Margot E Brown 400This is the official description of the book from the publishers:

As a Licensed Marriage family Therapist, Dr. Margot E. Brown has helped thousands of couples save their relationships, but over the past two decades, she has seen a pattern of what couples routinely argue over – communication skills, money, sex, and affairs. Her new book hopes to resolve the underlying issue at the core of most couples’ dissatisfaction and address the concerns of the moment, not the past. In her book, Kickstart Your Relationship Now! Move On or Move Out! Dr. Brown outlines a key tool for couples to follow. It’s called the 72-Hour Rule.

You should only discuss (not argue) things that happened over the last 72 hours,” says Dr. Brown. “There’s no benefit to debating about the past from months or years ago. Couples must distance themselves from the past and focus on the now. Further, if you are upset about something, but decide it really isn’t worth bringing up in conversation to state your worries within the first 72 hours, the rule says to let it go. You cannot stew it you chose not to talk about it, so you have to let it float away. If it’s a topic you cannot let go, then bring it up within 72 hours of the event, talk about it openly, and then move on.”

Dr. Brown, who holds a Doctorate in Psychology, encourages partners to communicate more often, better, and to set parameters such as the 72-hour rule. Her easy-to-use book provides step-by-step exercises and charts to help couples improve their relationship.

The information above is just a hint at the depth and power of the book. We had a fascinating conversation, and to hear the interview, just click on the grey podcast bar below.

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.

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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.

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Ellen Meister – Dorothy Parker Drank Here

Ellen MeisterDorothy Parker Drank HereLegendary writer Dorothy Parker, the most celebrated and scathing wit of the twentieth century, has been called everything from “the mistress of the verbal hand grenade” to “a combination of Little Nell and Lady Macbeth.” Parker has been dead for forty-five years, but she’s the liveliest dead author on Facebook where she updates her status several times a day and has over 140,000 friends, thanks to author Ellen Meister.  Meister has been captivated by Dorothy Parker’s audacious voice since her teen years and in 2013, Meister delivered Farewell, Dorothy Parker, a nuanced tale that introduced the acid-tongued Mrs. Parker to a whole new generation of admirers.  Now, Meister once again re-imagines the wickedly funny Parker inDOROTHY PARKER DRANK HERE.  Please let me know if you would like an interview with Ellen Meister.

“[DOROTHY PARKER DRANK HERE] does a lovely job of imagining the voice of Dorothy Parker with equal parts wit, heartbreak, and practicality.” Booklist

“This is a wacky tale with hilarious cameo appearances by some of Dorothy Parker’s favorite dead celebrities—Robert Benchley, Tallulah Bankhead, Groucho Marx, and Lillian Hellman—and liberally sprinkled with Parker’s signature acerbic humor, wisecracks, and put-downs.”—Publishers Weekly

In DOROTHY PARKER DRANK HERE, the late Mrs. Parker has been wandering New York’s famed Algonquin Hotel—the literary landmark where she and her famous lunch bunch held court and traded barbs—for forty years, hoping to convince a drinking buddy to join her in literary limbo rather than disappear into the afterlife’s eternity.

DOROTHY PARKER DRANK HERE showcases the iconic writer’s wit as well as her unexpectedly poignant wisdom, a powerful combination that continues to fascinate the public nearly a half century after Parker’s death.  Meister brilliantly captures the pathos and insouciance of the formidable title character in an unforgettable tale that will resonate with Parker fans and newcomers alike.


Ellen Meister is the author of Farewell, Dorothy Parker, The Other Life, The Smart One, and Secret Confessions of the Applewood PTA.  She teaches creative writing at Hofstra University Continuing Education, mentors emerging authors, lectures on Dorothy Parker and the Algonquin Round Table, and does public speaking about her books and other writing-related issues.



Twitter:  @EllenMeister

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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.

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