Three authors will be featured at WordFest from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 14 at Cassava, 1333 Broadway, Longview.

Grays River resident, naturalist and writer Robert Michael Pyle will read from his book “Where Bigfoot Walks: Crossing the Dark Divide.” The book, first published in 1995, recently was re-published with a new chapter looking at evidence suggesting a Bigfoot-type creature may exist.

After receiving a Guggenheim fellowship, Pyle explored the unprotected Dark Divide wilderness near Mount St. Helens to investigate the Sasquatch legend.

He discovered a giant fossil footprint along with more recent tracks; interviewed Indians; and met scientists, hunters and other people who have devoted their lives to the search for Bigfoot, according to a press release.

Pyle has written 18 books and a poetry collection. He is a Yale-trained ecologist and a Guggenheim fellow.

Longview resident Captain H.J. “Pete” Pettersen will read from his novel, “Port Orford’s Youngest Fisherman.” After a young boy’s parents die, he goes to live with his grandfather in a fisherman’s shack in the village of Port Orford, Ore., where he works through his grief; and where he finds a new home, a new life and learns the art of fishing.

Pettersen was raised on Washington’s San Juan islands. He commercial fished with his dad and brothers on the Pacific coast and in Alaska when he was 8 years old, and by the time he was 13 years old, he captained a fishing boat in Alaska, according to the press release.

He obtained a captain’s oceans license and then worked and traveled the world before retiring.

William Alton will read from a novel he is co-writing with John Saxon. “A Change in the Wind” is set in Central Europe at the beginning of the 19th century when Napoleon Bonaparte is building his empire.

The book chronicles a spiritual battle spreading across quiet villages and bustling cities in Germany with Rader Wunderwahn, a young man with a past he cannot remember, who is searching for his identity, notes the press release.

Alton has written a collection of flash fiction, two collections of poetry, a memoir and a novel. He received a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore., and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2010.

An open mic period will be held after the presentations.

For details on WordFest, which meets the second Tuesday of each month, contact Alan Rose via his website,


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