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Mazama Festival of Books
The Mazama Community Center
Mazama, WA
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Mazama Festival of Books
The Mazama Festival of Books will feature authors from the Pacific Northwest who will discuss their work with host, veteran public radio broadcaster Katherine Lanpher, in intimate salon-style conversations open to the public on August 18th and 19th at the Community Center (Little Red Schoolhouse) in Mazama.

The Mazama Festival of Books is founded by part-time resident Art Gresh, in partnership with Methow Arts Alliance, and in concert with the Mazama Country Inn and the Trail's End Bookstore.


Saturday, August 18
Session I
10:00 am intro and festival welcome: Art Gresh and Lauren Cerand
10:15am Kathleen Flenniken (Washington Poet Laureate), in conversation with Lauren Cerand
11am Jim Lynch, in conversation with Katherine Lanpher
12 noon Colleen Mondor, in conversation with Katherine Lanpher

1pm - 2pm lunch break

Session II
2pm Pauls Toutonghi, in conversation with Katherine Lanpher
3pm Lidia Yuknavitch, in conversation with Katherine Lanpher
4pm Ryan Boudinot, in conversation with Lauren Cerand
5pm END

Sunday, August 19
Session III
10am Erik Brooks, in conversation with Katherine Lanpher
11 am Danbert Nobacon and Blake Nelson, in conversation with Lauren Cerand
Noon END

Participating Authors:

Ryan Boudinot is the author of the novels Misconception and Blueprints of the Afterlife (www.blueprintsoftheafterlife.com), and the story collection The Littlest Hitler. His work has appeared in McSweeney's, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Don't You Forget About Me: Contemporary Writers on the Films of John Hughes, and other journals, magazines, and anthologies. He lives in Seattle.

Erik Brooks (www.erikbrooks.com) is the author and illustrator of many great books including the 2011 Washington State Book Award winner, Polar Opposites, and IRA/CBC Children's Choices selection, The Practically Perfect Pajamas. He lives in Winthrop.

Kathleen Flenniken (www.kathleenflenniken.com) is the 2012-2014 Washington State Poet Laureate. Her latest collection, Plume (University of Washington Press), explores her experience growing up in Richland at the height of the Cold War, next door to the Hanford Site where "every father I knew disappeared to fuel the bomb" and where she herself worked as an engineer.

Katherine Lanpher (www.katherinelanpher.com) is an award-winning veteran public radio broadcaster whose work has been published in More, Reader's Digest, and the New York Times. Springboard Press published her essay collection, Leap Days: Chronicles of a Midlife Move.

Jim Lynch (www.jimlynchbooks.com) is the author of three novels set in Western Washington, most recently Truth Like the Sun. The Highest Tide won the Pacific Northwest Bookseller Award, was performed on stage in Seattle and became an international bestseller after it was featured on England's Richard and Judy. Border Songs won the Washington State Book Award.

Colleen Mondor (www.chasingray.com) learned to fly at age eighteen and has degrees in aviation, history and northern studies. The Map of My Dead Pilots, which librarian Nancy Pearl included in her 2012 list of "Great Summer Reads" on NPR, is based on her experiences as lead dispatcher at a Part 135 (commercial) air carrier based in Fairbanks.

Danbert Nobacon (www.danbertnobacon.com), singer, songwriter, comedian, and "freak music legend," was a founding member of the anarchist punk rock band Chumbawamba. Three Dead Princes, which follows the exploits of a teenage princess 162,000 years in the future, is his first book, of which Iggy Pop says, "It definitely rocks. I oughta know."

Blake Nelson (www.blakenelsonteennovelist.blogspot.com) is the author of thirteen novels for teens and adults that have been published in fourteen countries. Paranoid Park was made into a film by Gus Van Sant. Vanity Fair deemed Andrea Marr, heroine of Girl and Dream School, a "bright, sensitive, Sassy-era Holden Caulfield for tortured good girls." He lives in Los Angeles.

Pauls Toutonghi (www.paulstoutonghi.com) was born in 1976 to an Egyptian father and a Latvian mother. His novel, Evel Knievel Days, is set half in Montana, and half in Cairo, where he traveled last year. He teaches at Lewis & Clark College in Portland.

Lidia Yuknavitch (www.lidiayuknavitch.com) is the author of the memoir, The Chronology of Water, which won the 2012 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award and the Oregon Book Award Reader's Choice. Her novel, Dora: A Headcase, will be published by Hawthorne Books on 9/1.


The Mazama Community Center (View)
512 Goat Creek Road
Mazama, WA 98833
United States



Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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