Know Local Authors!


Typewriter Over the course of two days, 19 local authors take center stage at Deschutes Public Library. Writers, both experienced and new, will share and sell their work on both days. The participating writers work in genres ranging from historical fiction to how to books and everything in between.

On Saturday, August 13, 2011, the readings begin at 12:00 pm at the East Bend Public Library and on Sunday, August 14, readings begin at 12:30 pm at the Downtown Bend Public Library. The participating writers applied to be a part of the reading which is scheduled to be an annual event at the library each August. The readings are free and open to the public.


Saturday Authors
Fred Swisher Fred Swisher

Fred Swisher is the author of “55 Myths, Tips and Secrets: Bend’s Essential Guide to Landscaping” and “Ultimate, Simple, Landscaping.” Since age 14 he’s worked as a landscaper and learned the construction trades. His day job is running Sculptural Landscapes in Bend.


Jack Niewold Jack Niewold

Jack Niewold lives in Redmond with his wife Marilyn, a physician at Warm Springs Indian Reservation. He is a father of eight wonderful children and thirteen grandchildren, a pastor, and holds a doctor of philosophy degree in theology. He loves to garden, bass fish and read, and has an active Facebook presence. He recently restored a fifty-year-old tractor. Niewold is proud to present his 2010 memoir, “Frail Web of Intention.”



Marsha Johnson Marsha Johnson

Marsha Johnson is the author of “Central Oregon Walks, Hikes & Strolls for Mature Folks.” Married, with two grown sons, Johnson works in the advertising field, volunteers at her church, and spends as much time as possible with her grandchildren. Her passion for the outdoors has led to many hiking adventures in the west and eventually to the topic of her first book – a regional walking/hiking guide.


Ava Wilson Ava Wilson

Ava Wilson, author of “The Driftwood Diaries,” was raised in the Texas Panhandle. She moved to Alaska, experiencing bush life in a remote village with a rich pioneer heritage. Wilson first began writing short stories. “The Driftwood Diaries” is her first novel. Ava lives in Terrebonne with her husband Dan, and yellow lab, Dusty. She is a member of Central Oregon Writer's Guild and Pacific Northwest Writers Association.


Ginger Dehlinger Ginger Dehlinger

Ginger Dehlinger is a native Oregonian and long-time Bend resident who waited until she retired to begin writing in earnest. Her writing (essays, poetry, and short stories) reflects her love of nature as does her first novel, Brute Heart, which is about a young woman who faces numerous obstacles in her pursuit of a career in veterinary medicine. After publishing Brute Heart herself using Bend’s own Maverick Publications, she now conducts workshops in the fundamentals of self-publishing.


Judy Trego Judy Trego

Judy Trego, author of “Gain The World and Keep Your Soul,” a book about community giving through social entrepreneurship, has been a resident of Deschutes County for 20 years. She is an author, speaker and non-profit consultant. She also currently works for an Oregon State Senator. Judy is the past President of the Heart of Oregon Corps and serves on the Board of Directors for the Deschutes County Children and Families Commission. She has served on the Sisters City Council, Central Oregon Community Intergovernmental Council and the Central Oregon Community Investment Board. Trego has been married for 29 years, has two grown children and two grandchildren. In her free time she likes to spend time with her family, read, write and go for long walks near her home in Bend.


Ali Davidson Ali Davidson

Ali Davidson is the author of “It's Between You and Me,” a life manual designed to help adult children and their parents create a plan for their elder years. The former owner of a successful in-home care company (Home Instead), Davidson directs adult children to work with their parents to develop a game plan to maximize a senior’s independence and choice in a time of diminishing personal freedom. A gifted counselor, dynamic speaker and talented senior coach, Davidson is able to engage any audience on topics related to aging with dignity and freedom. She has just launched a foundation called Age Wide Open that provides adult children and seniors, life enhancing education, support and services.


David Burns David Burns

David Burns, author of “Day Follow Night,” wanted to be a writer since the age of six. He worked for 20 years as a correspondent, reporter and feature writer for The Oregonian, the Oregon Journal, the Hillsboro Argus, Tonawanda News, and the Niagara Publishing Group. He is a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature and Portland Community College. Burns is currently re-writing his memoirs and continues to work on a variety of children’s stories and other projects. Burns has been married to wife Susie for 42 years and is proud of his two married daughters, his two wonderful sons-in-law, and his two fabulous and energetic grandchildren. And of course, his little dog, Skipper.


John MacArthur John MacArthur

From his home near Drake Park, John D. MacArthur writes about neuroscience, American history, and environmental health. His books include “Mind Over Grey Matter: Practical Neuroscience from the Decade of the Brain,” “Fathers of Invention: An Original Screenplay for a Motion Picture with Additional Features,” plus two children’s books: “Laugh Tears” and “Don’t Cook This Book.” The Franklin Institute Science Museum’s website includes many of his brain health and fitness reports, and his website GreatSeal.com has long been a popular and respected resource about the history and relevance of America’s official emblem. After a brief stint at the Air Force Academy, MacArthur attended the University of California, graduating from Berkeley with a degree in anthropology.



Sunday Authors
Ahjamu R. Umi Ahjamu R. Umi

Ahjamu Umi, author of “Find the Flower That Blossoms,” was born and raised in San Francisco, California. He is dedicated to working for peace and justice and has spent his adult life working for various causes while traveling and living in Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and throughout the U.S. He has a Masters degree in Economics and hopes his writing will be a vehicle to encourage people to get involved to make the world a better place.


Jean Nave Jean Nave

Jean moved full-time to Central Oregon in 1991 when she and her husband retired from “corporate” careers. During her corporate life Jean expressed her creative side in marketing development and writing three published self-help business books, including Mid-Career Crisis, published by Putnam Publishing, New York. Nave has written many articles for publications including The Bulletin, the Oregonian, Central Oregon Business Journal, and the Billings Business Journal. Nave currently serves as a board member of Aberdeen Scottish Terrier Rescue. It is in this capacity that she began writing the Harry and Lola series of children’s e-books.


Paty Jager Paty Jager

Award winning author Paty Jager and her husband raised their children in the Redmond area. Now they raise hay and cattle in Redmond and Princeton, Ore. She not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it. On her road to publication she wrote freelance articles for The Bulletin and the Redmond Spokesman and worked with the Extension service as a 4-H Program Assistant. Jager has nine published books. She is currently shopping her tenth to various agents and editors. She has also started on a new endeavor of self-publishing her backlist. Her first contemporary western romance won the EPPIE award in 2008. Jager edited for an e-publisher for four and a half years and now teaches workshops at conferences, writers meetings, and online.


Elizabeth Main Elizabeth Main

Local author Elizabeth Main has called Oregon home for most of her adult life. She loves the sagebrush and the juniper of the High Desert country east of the Cascade Mountains so it’s no accident that all her novels have Oregon settings. Main’s mysteries, “Murder of the Month,” and “No Rest for the Wicked” (due August, 2011), are loosely based on her 11 years of experience working at an independent bookstore in Bend. She drew inspiration for her romance novel, “Richer by Far,” from the four years she lived in Fossil. She has also published a YA novel as well as short stories and essays. Family, teaching English, community activities, and work at the bookstore had filled Main’s earlier years to overflowing, but after her children left home, her house became much too quiet. It was then that that her lifelong passion for writing emerged from the shadows, where it had waited patiently for years, and demanded its turn. Main lives in idyllic Bend, Oregon, with her husband and dog.


Richard Benson Richard Benson

In 1994, following 18 years of highly successful and fulfilling practice as a Bend Chiropractor, Richard Benson, author of “Stepping Into Your Personal Field of Abundance,” retired to follow his passion of inspiring individuals and groups to cultivate their own balance and inner peace through experiential ‘playshops.’ Benson’s mission is empowering people to open their hearts and recall their Divine nature. He is currently creating his second book.


Joan Flaherty Joan Flaherty

Joan grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Following graduation from UC Berkeley she taught school in the area, mostly second grade. After the birth of a son, she and her husband started 20 years of professional transfers that took them to Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Louisiana, and finally back to the Bay Area. She and her husband retired to Bend, Oregon in 2005. Each relocation and new environment presented Flaherty with opportunities to engage in painting, drawing, sculpting, printmaking and writing flavored by the unique particulars of each new place. Flaherty feels that the spare simplicity of the high desert environment favors a dry, haiku-ish outlook and informs much of her art. Working with short verse helps her stay in the moment, get to the point, and find delight in the small fragments of everyday life. She has only recently started to share her writing. She offered her first two handmade books at the Bend Haiku Weekend in June of 2011. She hopes to complete a third book soon.


Bill Birnham Bill Birnbaum

Born and raised in New York, Bill Birnbaum spent his middle years in Southern California. There, he raised two sons and enjoyed a twenty-five-year career as a self-employed management consultant. He authored two business books, including, “Strategic Thinking: A Four Piece Puzzle.” Published in 2004, that book is currently in its third printing. In 2007, he and his wife, Wendy, were ready to write a new chapter in their lives. They sold their home, put everything they owned in storage and purchased one-way tickets to Arequipa, Peru. They spent the next eight months working voluntarily in a poor community in the Peruvian Andes. In 2008, the Birnbaums spent an additional four months traveling in Ecuador, Patagonia Chile and Argentina. His new memoir, “A Lifetime of Small Adventures,” published in June of 2011. When asked to describe that book, Birnbaum simply refers to the subtitle, “Stories of adventure, misadventure, and lessons learned along the way.” He lives in Sisters, Oregon with his adventurous wife, Wendy, a red kayak and a well-worn pair of hiking boots.


Deborah Hilleren Deborah Hilleren

Deborah Hilleren was a corporate executive at Nike, Inc. where she worked for twenty-five years before retiring to pursue both her love of writing and dream of owning horses. Her passion is to write intelligent, exciting novels that have a social conscience. “Battered Earth” is her debut novel. Hilleren grew up in Seattle, Wash. and went to college at Western Washington University where she majored in Art. After earning an MBA at Portland State University she went to work at Nike. There she had many interesting opportunities, spending much of her time as Global Brand Director in the Kids and Women’s businesses. Hilleren’s many travels and business experiences have made her a lifelong student of human behavior. She is particularly fascinated with the impact of socially relevant issues and how people react to the changes in their lives. Always ready to talk about her Kiger Mustangs, Colton and Carson, Hilleren loves to spend time riding and learning horsemanship skills. “I started riding at age 53 so I have to work extra hard to catch up!” She now lives in Central Oregon with her husband, two dogs, two cats, and two horses.


Kenneth Fenter Kenneth Fenter

Kenneth Fenter lived on the farm in SW Colorado in the early 40s-50s, where he roamed the canyons of Summit Ridge, searching for bee trees and Indian Ruins. His novels The Ruin and its sequel The Bee Tree are both set in those landscapes of his childhood. As a high school language arts teacher for nearly 30 years, Fenter worked with students struggling with illiteracy, and issues ranging from family struggles, dating dilemmas, religious conflict, bullying, and mental illness. Fenter address those issues in both The Ruin and The Bee Tree. Although these novels are not autobiographical, he writes about what he knows best. Fenter is a retired high school language arts teacher who lives in Bend, Oregon with Lora his wife of 50 years as of 2011, and Jack Russell terrier Beau. Fenter divides his time writing, publishing and helping others aspiring to tell their stories.


Melany Tupper Melany Tupper

Melany Tupper knew from an early age that she wanted to be a writer. At the age of five, Tupper, with her mother’s assistance, authored and illustrated her first book. After a few years living on the road in a Volkswagen bus, crisscrossing the country, she penned her first published work, “Trip, Nomadic in America.” Moving to Christmas Valley in Lake County, Oregon in 2001, Melany began writing for The Bulletin and the Lake County Examiner as a correspondent, with occasional feature articles published in neighboring counties. The first volume of her collected works, “High Desert Roses, Significant Stories from Central Oregon,” was published in 2003. While researching the range war period in central Oregon in 2003, Tupper became interested in the inexplicable high-profile murder of Creed Conn, who was alleged to have been killed by the Sheepshooters. While continuing to work at a ‘regular job,’ Melany devoted the next six years to research of the history of the Sheepshooters and tracking down Conn’s killer. In 2010 she solved the crime and published the result in “The Sandy Knoll Murder, Legacy of the Sheepshooters.” Along with her husband Ken, Tupper conintues to live in beautiful downtown Christmas Valley, Oregon, where Melany writes for local papers, The Outback News, and The Examiner. She released volume two of the High Desert Roses series in the spring of 2011, and is currently developing a sequel to “The Sandy Knoll Murder.”




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