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The leaves are turning as readers check in for Dark & Stormy Nights

Published on September 25, 2018 10:28AM

Wendy Wagner

Wendy Wagner

John Larison

John Larison

Melissa Eskue Ousley

Melissa Eskue Ousley

The unmistakable chill in the air means fall is on the way, and with it another celebration of the thrill that accompanies curling up on a foul night with a good book.

Now in its 15th year, the Dark & Stormy Night series brings mystery authors to Lincoln City’s Driftwood Public Library every Thursday throughout October.

The series began when the library teamed up with the late Marcy Taylor to bring Northwest mystery writers to the Oregon Coast and has grown in popularity ever since.

This year’s series opens on Thursday, Oct. 4, with a visit from Wendy Wagner, author of the science fiction thriller “An Oath of Dogs.” Wagner grew up in a town so tiny it didn’t even have a post office — or TV reception. She became a rabid reader, waiting impatiently for the bookmobile’s fortnightly visit to her tiny hometown. Today, her family struggles to find room in their Portland home for her ever-expanding book collection, covering topics from horror movies and ecology to gardening and vegan cooking.

The series continues on Thursday, Oct. 11, with a visit from Cindy Brown, author of the Ivy Meadows series of mysteries set in the world of off- off- off-Broadway theater. Brown has been a theater geek since her first professional gig at the age of 14. Now a full-time writer, she and her husband live in Portland, though she made her home in Phoenix for more than 25 years and knows all the good places to hide dead bodies in both cities.

On Thursday, Oct. 18, the library will welcome John Larison, author of “Whiskey When We’re Dry.” A native Oregonian and the son of National Geographic filmmakers, Larison spent much of his childhood traveling, often staying in remote tropical or mountainous regions. He attended the University of Oregon and studied philosophy and literature, and stayed to earn a Master’s of Education. For several years, he worked as a fly-fishing guide and high school English teacher, writing fiction in the evenings. His first book in 2008 was a how-to text on fly-fishing, “The Complete Steelheader.” He went on to publish two fishing-related novels before beginning work on “Whiskey When We’re Dry,” in 2009

The series will wrap up on Thursday, Oct. 25, with a visit from Melissa Eskue Ousley, author of last year’s supernatural suspense story “Pitcher Plant.” A resident of the Oregon Coast, Ousley lives with her family as well as a neurotic dog and a piranha. Her writing is often inspired by the forests and beaches of Oregon, and her love of ghost stories is evident in the frequent paranormal twists in her books. She teaches writing and publishing workshops and edits for Braking Rain press.

The Dark & Stormy Night sessions, which are free to the public, take place at 4 pm every Thursday throughout October at the library, located on the second floor of the Lincoln Square civic complex at 801 SW Hwy. 101

Questions about the series can be directed to Ken Hobson at 541-996-1242 or khobson@lincolncity.org.

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