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Variety of storytelling featured at WordFest

Variety of storytelling featured at WordFest

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A variety of storytelling is featured at WordFest from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Cassava, 1333 Broadway, Longview.

Kate Ristau, a Portland folklorist and author of young-adult and middle-grade fiction, read from her first novel, “Shadowgirl,” (published in 2015) at last September’s WordFest.

On Tuesday, she will read from her new novel, “Clockbreakers,” about Charlie, who on her 11th birthday receives a key to go back in time. Time travel, however, is not easy. Before she blows out her candles, Charlie lands in Greece with her best friend, Maria, and her former best friend, Trent. Charlie is a Clockbreaker stuck in a Greek myth, on an action-packed adventure with a mission: to save her father, and perhaps even save the world.

Ristau taught at the University of Oregon and Western Oregon University. Along with colleague Maren Bradley Anderson, Ristau edited “Coarse Grounds: A Coffee Anthology” of poems, essays and short stories. Ristau is the Willamette Writers’ Portland chapter chair.

Lilly Robbins Brock will read from her book, “Wooden Boats & Iron Men.” She and here book were featured in The Daily News in 2016.

Her book project began when she found letters from her now-deceased father written while he was on the battlefront in World War II. The letters inspired her to find a living WWII veteran to tell his story. The result was a true life war tale of an 18-year old Oklahoman and his love of the PT boat on which he served.

Brock’s preferred genre is historical fiction. She has written a novel about a family in the 1850s travelling by paddle wheel steamship from New York to the Pacific Northwest via the South American route. She also written and published the book, “Food Gifts Recipes From Nature’s Bounty,” based on organic gardening. She is working with a 99-year-old veteran on a book to be titled “Ever a Soldier.”

E. Bryan Calhoun will read from “A Taste of Honey,” in his Max Harper detective series. The book is a modern-day dime novel set in the fictional Three Rivers, Wash. Max Harper is a battle-scarred private eye with a painful past and an uncertain future until Honey Meadows walks into his life. She is a mysterious woman with a fake name and real problems of her own. Max and Honey take on murder, mayhem and each other as they go after a treasure hidden somewhere on a mountain in the great Northwest.

A local native, Calhoun grew up watching TV detectives and has always had an interest in storytelling. He is seeking an editor for his Max Harper detective series.

Calhoun is as an employment specialist at Another Option Inc., in Kelso, where he helps people with disabilities get jobs. He writes in his spare time.

An open mic period will be held after the presentations, at about 7:30 p.m.

The monthly gathering of readers and writers meet from 6 to 8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Cassava.

For details, contact Alan Rose via his website,


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