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Dark and Stormy Nights at Driftwood

Driftwood Public Library is delighted to announce the schedule of mystery writers for its 16 th annual Dark & Stormy Night series for this October. This will be the 16 th year in which the library invites genre authors to speak in Lincoln City. The series takes place at the library at 4:00 Thursday afternoons in October, beginning October 3rd.

Fifteen years ago, Driftwood teamed with the late Marcy Taylor to bring Northwest

mystery writers to the Oregon coast. That first year was so successful that the series has continued every October, with only one break while the library was closed for its renovation in the Autumn and early Winter of 2009. The series has expanded to include writers from other genres, including science fiction, fantasy, and horror, sometimes all mashed together!

Dana Haynes will be returning to open this year’s series on October 3rd. Dana is the

author of the new mystery/thriller novel, St. Nicholas Salvage and Wrecking. 

Haynes has spent 25 years in Oregon newspaper newsrooms, split between

weeklies and dailies. He currently serves as managing editor of the Portland Tribune

and several associated newspapers. He has won awards as a reporter, columnist and

editor. A native of the Pacific Northwest, he also served as spokesman and

speechwriter for the mayor of Portland. He lives in Portland with his wife Katy King.

The series continues on October 10 th with a visit from Christa Yelich-Koth. Christa’s

most recent book is The Jade Castle, the first book in the Land of Iyah cycle. It was

published earlier this summer. Christa comes from a varied educational background, from

Spanish Immersion primary school, to vocal music at an arts high school (where she

learned classical music and opera), to a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She’s

always had a love for working with animals and found herself most interested in marine

biology and entomology. She has published five novels to date, as well as a graphic novel

and a comic book series. She has also worked as a professional editor for many years and

has been fortunate to work with several bestselling writers, both in the US and

Internationally. Christa currently resides on the Oregon coast.

On October 17 th , we’re delighted to welcome Valerie Davisson. Valerie published the

fourth book in her Logan McKenna series last November. Having grown up all over the

world, including in Italy, Germany, and Japan, she eventually earned her Master’s degree

in Anthropology from UC Irvine. She has taught Cultural Anthropology and 6 th graders in

Southern California, and it was while teaching that she started writing the first two Logan

Mckenna books. She is the mother of two grown sons, and currently resides with her

husband John in their dream cottage in the middle of an old-growth forest on the Oregon

coast, five minutes from the Pacific, with their dog Finn.

Alexandra Mason will join us on October 24 th . Mason has lived a life devoted to reading,

writing, teaching, and publishing. As a Shakespeare scholar, she wrote one of the first

essays to focus on the language of Ophelia (rather than of Hamlet); and she helped bring

to critical light the first woman playwright in England, Elizabeth Cary. After a full

academic career as a professor and a dean, Mason is author of five books, two of them

volumes of poems (Poems along the Way and Lost and Found) and one a novel (The

Lighthouse Ghost of Yaquina Bay). Critics have called this narrative "the Mother of all

Ghost Stories!" and it is sold at lighthouses nationwide. With the Tuesday Writers of

Waldport, she has been working on memoirs and a sci-fi fantasy novel called

Shakespeare’s Pipe. Her study of economic metaphor is soon to be released in a revised

and expanded second edition, Shakespeare’s Money Talks. For years she traveled through

the Pacific Northwest giving a Chautauqua called "My Shakespeare." Chapters from her memoir appear as separate essays in recent issues of Groundwaters, an annual Oregon anthology. She lives in the perfect spot overlooking the sea on the central Oregon coast.  

The series wraps up on October 31st with a visit from Caitlin Starling. Equipped with an

anthropology degree and an unhealthy interest in the dark and macabre, Caitlin writes

horror-tinged speculative fiction of all flavors. Her first novel, The Luminous Dead,

published this past Spring, tells the story of a caver on a foreign planet who finds

herself trapped, with only her wits and the unreliable voice on her radio to help her

back to the surface. Caitlin also works in narrative design for interactive theater and

games, and has been paid to design body parts. She’s always on the lookout for new

ways to inflict insomnia. She lives, writes, and wrangles spreadsheets near Portland.

All events in the Dark and Stormy Night series are free to the public and made possible by

ongoing generous support from The Driftwood Library Foundation, U.S. Bank, and

D’Sands Condominium Motel. Questions about the series may be directed to Ken

Hobson at Driftwood Public Library: 541-996-1242 or khobson@lincolncity.org .

Driftwood Public Library is located at 801 SW HWY 101 in Lincoln City on the 2 nd floor

of the City Hall building, across the street from Burger King and adjacent to McKay’s


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