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Author Events 
All of our evening events provide seating, refreshments, a discount on the featured book, and one lucky attendee goes home with a free book.


Author Presentation-Both Stores
Friday June 17 at 6:30 pm - RedmondRick Steber

Saturday June 18 at 6:30 pm - Sisters

Caught in the Crosshairs

Rick Steber


Rick Steber is one of our prominent local authors, with many regionally themed books, both fiction and nonfiction, to his credit. His newest book is the true story of a young man murdered on a ranch on Waterman Flat. It's full of intrigue, deception and justice gone terribly wrong. Rick is a great storyteller, and you will be sure to have an entertaining evening when you join us for this one.


Author Presentation-Redmond

Thursday June 23 at 6:30 pm  Marcus Borg

Putting Away Childish Things: A Tale of Modern Faith

Marcus Borg

Marcus Borg is one of the twenty-first century's best-known theologians.  His nonfiction works are widely read and taught in many classes, both academic and church-based. Now Marcus has taken a leap into new territory with his first novel, the story of a popular religion professor at a liberal arts college and the challenges she faces in her career and her faith.  Don't miss this special opportunity to see Marcus speak for free.



Double Author Presentation-Both Stores

Tuesday July 5 at 4:00 pm-Sisters

Tuesday July 5 at 7:00 pm-RedmondCraig Johnson 

Hell is Empty
Craig Johnson

Wyoming author Craig Johnson has a devoted following in Central Oregon, and if you come to his event you'll see why. He's a great guy, and his books are wonderful reads for either mystery or western fiction lovers. One of his previous books, Another Man's Moccasins, received the 2008 Western Writers of America Spur Award. Craig rides his motorcycle across the west to share the newest installment in his Sherriff Walt Longmire series, books known for their dry humor and unique Wyoming setting. Don't miss this one-it's too much fun.  




Death Along the Spirit RoadCurt Wendelboe

Curt Wendelboe

Accompanying Craig on his tour is this debut author we look forward to meeting. This first book of Curt's Manny Tanno series has received strong reviews. Fans of Tony Hillerman (and Craig Johnson, of course!) may find they have a new author to get hooked on. Enjoy the bonus of this twofer author presentation. Note the afternoon time of this two-author presentation in Sisters, and the later evening time in Redmond.





Author Presentation-Sisters

Wednesday July 7 at 4:00 pm

A Daughter's WalkJane Kirkpatrick

Jane Kirkpatrick

 In 1896, Helga Estby accepted a wager to walk from Spokane, Washington to New York City in seven months to earn $10,000 to save the family farm. Helga brought her 19-year-old daughter Clara along on this 3500-mile trek. If you've ever heard Jane before, you know what a fabulous  speaker she is.  If you haven't,  you're in for a treat. Either way, don't miss this afternoon with a nationally famous beloved local author. Jane will appear during the day to accommodate our Quilt Show guests.






Author Presentation-Both Stores

Friday July 8 at 4:00 pm-Sisters

Friday July 8 at 7:00 pm-Redmond

Threading the NeedleMarie Boswick

Marie Bostwick

We're very excited and proud to have nationally bestselling author Marie Bostwick join us for Quilt Show week. She will travel all the way from Connecticut to read from her brand-new book, the latest in her Cobbled Court Quilt Shop series. With her characteristic warmth, Marie unfolds a new story about the power of friendship and, of course, quilting. Grab this chance to see Marie here in Oregon. Note the afternoon time in Sisters and the later evening time in Redmond. Marie will also be in our Sisters store again on Saturday, July 9, Quilt Show day, from 11:00 to 1:00, signing only.   


Staff Picks - Fiction 

The Bride's House

(Sandra Dallas, $24.99) Brides House

Set in a Colorado mining town, this moving historical novel spins the yarn of three generations of women. Nealie Bent is only seventeen during the heyday of gold mining. She is courted by staid, solid Charlie Dumas, but rejects him in favor of dashing Will Spaulding. When Nealie becomes pregnant, Will skips town, and she accepts Charlie's offer of marriage. Tragedy leaves Charlie a single father, and he raises Pearl with utmost devotion but very protectively. Pearl's life in the beautiful Bride's House Charlie bought for her mother is utterly smothering until she takes matters into her own hands, binding together a deep secret and a trip to Europe. The third part of the book focuses on Pearl's daughter Susan, growing up in wartime and caught between two men trying to claim her attention. Each woman in this book has her own distinct character and her own battles to fight. I was probably fondest of Pearl and her story, but Susan's story also won my heart. I love the setting in the rugged mountains of Colorado. Dallas evokes each era for us so that we can picture mud streets, rustic mining cabins, the increasingly aging Bride's House, and all the characters experience. Each romance is sweet and heartbreaking in its own way. A good read if you enjoy historical fiction and easy reads that aren't just fluff.


The Once and Future King

(T.H. White, $7.99)OnceandFutureK

Ever seen that wonderful old musical "Camelot?" It was based on this book. Of course, the book and the movie are vastly different, but the movie did manage to capture some of the things I like best about this book: its sense of grand adventure and high romance, mixed with a poignant sadness of things passing, never to return. This book is, of course, a re-telling of the King Arthur stories--but what a re-telling! The characters come alive, riding right out of the pages just as flesh-and-blood real as your best friend or your lover. Maybe that's why, even as a child reading this book (I probably read it upwards of a dozen times before the age of twelve) I didn't judge the moral failings of the characters, just lived it along with them, absorbing the drama, ecstasy and heartbreak. This isn't a children's book, by the way; it's a very adult story, but it would be great for that voraciously unstoppable kid reader who is so far above their own reading level you don't know what to do with them. The story is told in parts. The first part, dealing with Arthur's childhood, is tons of fun. Merlyn teaches Arthur about human nature by turning him into different kinds of animals. Of course, he then becomes king and his troubles begin. Each successive part of this book is tinged with more sadness, but it is oh so worth reading. Jousting tournaments, diverse adventures, the Quest for the Holy Grail, treachery, amazing friendships, and, of course, one of the greatest love stories ever--they're all here. Don't let the "fantasy" label put you off.  There's a bit of magic, but mostly it's an incredible work of historical fiction and an absolute work of genius.  



Deep Down TrueDeep Down True

(Juliette Fay, $15.00))

Looking for a fun, light summer read?  Deep Down True fits this description without being mind-numbing.  Dana Stellgarten is a fun and realistic protagonist.  A struggling,  single mom of a daughter facing the  dilemmas of sixth grade, a seven year- old son missing his father and a Goth teenage niece needing a neutral place to live, doesn't give Dana a lot of time to think about her own needs.   She is newly divorced, trying to manage home and financial difficulties while attempting to provide a stable environment for her kids.  At times, both Dana's and her entourage's antics are humorous but they are always very realistic. Dana has always been an optimist as well as someone who tends to take care of other people better than herself.  Suddenly she is faced with the prospect of dating for the first time in eighteen years and the need to get a job outside of the home.  In the beginning neither of these seems to be easy or entirely pleasant. As Dana strives to balance her family's needs with her own she discovers  an inner strength that is "deep down true".  



The Crossing Places: A Ruth Galloway Mystery 

(Elly Griffiths, mystery, $14.95)Crossing Places

I chanced upon this author due to a review/comment made by Louise Penny, one of my favorite mystery writers, about Griffiths' 2nd book.I thought if Louise Penny liked her I'd give her a try!  I quite liked this quiet, unassuming mystery.Dr. Ruth Galloway is a forensic archeologist at a small college in Norfolk, England.She lives alone with her two cats at the edge of a remote salt marsh, a marsh filled with relics of the Iron Age.When the bones of a child are unearthed near her home, she is called upon by the local constabulary to determine if they are modern or ancient.  Some 10 years prior, a young girl had gone missing in the same area.Do the bones belong to the missing Lucy?  The plot thickens as Iron Age relics and modern-day evils intertwine.I found this a very evocative book.  The salt marsh is a wild, haunting place, and a great setting for a mystery.  I also liked how human Dr. Galloway is; slightly overweight, smart, funny, but also, as one reviewer put it, slightly unsure of herself.  Louise Penny was right.Now on to the next one in the series! 


Nancy E. Smith - A review we requested from a Paulina patron 

Putting Away Childish Things: A Tale of Modern Faith

(Marcus J. Borg, $14.99)Putting Away

Putting Away Childish Things is a great read for people of faith who want to learn what progressive theologians are saying about some of the stories, parables and miracles of Jesus and the Church in the post-modern world. Borg has masterfully woven quotes from literary giants, theologians old and new, and poetry into a most engaging story of a female Assistant Professor of Religion in a small Liberal Arts College in the mid-west. She is in a dilemma in her personal life and we get to travel with her through her journey of her teaching undergraduates in her Introduction to the New Testament Class. There are students in her classes who are members of fundamental churches and are struggling with her interpretations of some of the concepts in the Bible. We are privileged to be a part of several of her lectures, one, the importance of the Enlightenment and how it challenged the worldview of religion and the Bible in particular. Marcus Borg is well known as a distinguished New Testament scholar and theologian with many non-fiction theological books to his credit. This is his first novel and I hope not his last book of fiction.   

Marcus will be reading from his novel in the Redmond store on Thursday June 23rd 6:30pm 


Staff Picks - Nonfiction

Walking Home: A Traveler in the Alaskan Wilderness, a Journey Into the Human Heart

(Lynn Schooler, $16)  Walking Home

Exhausted, discouraged, working every day on a house that he fears will never be a home for him and his increasingly distant wife, seeing a "grizzled old coot" in a window, and realizing it is him, Schooler decides to take a walk. A long, arduous walk. In a remote stretch of coastline that has an amazing history yet is incredibly difficult to access, Schooler encounters nature at her most capricious, wild and beautiful. Though his journey is solitary, Schooler is accompanied by the stories of the people who preceded him: Tlingit Indians, trappers, explorers, marooned sailors, hermits. It is in this vast wilderness that he ponders these past travelers to discover how the trials of life can be better borne with the help and community of others. Beautifully written.  


Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout   

(Phillip Connors, nature/biography. $24.99)Fire Season

First-time author Connors has written a vivid accounting of his time as a fire lookout in a very remote section of the Gila National Forest in New Mexico.A bartender in Manhattan during most of the year, come the start of fire season Connor is back at his post at his lookout, escaping the madness and crush of people in NYC for the peace and solitude of the wilderness with just his dog, Alice, for company.Connors moves us through his season, from his arrival in April to his bittersweet leave taking in August.He chronicles his days, the people he encounters in this remote spot (mostly hikers passing through), as well as the history of fire fighting in the US and the role lookouts have played.  There aren't many left these days, what with all the technological advances that will someday make them obsolete.Connors writing is poetic, moving, and filled with the wonder he experiences working in such a place.  You feel as if you are there with him.It is introspective and thought-provoking - a really remarkable book.


Family Farming 

(Marty Strange, $16.95)FamilyFarming

Originally published in 1988, Bison Books has republished this book with a new introduction by Strange that adds some contemporary perspective and expands the vision to a broader national relevance. I read this book when it originally came out, at a time when I was fighting to either stop or grossly alter the impending Organic Foods Production Act which codified the definition of organic foods into little more than a marketing label. The book is as relevant today as it was when originally released. Marty provided both a vision of where agricultural policy was headed in America, as well as a alternative approach that would help to rebuild the health of our agrarian communities and create a sustainable farming community. The linchpin in his vision for a healthier future is a fundamental change to our socio-economic valuation of land. This book was well worth a reprinting. Anyone with an interest in family farming, agricultural policy, and how they could work together for the good of society will find this a valuable read.



Travels in a Thin Country: A Journey Through Chile Travels in a Thin Country

(Sara Wheeler, travelogue, $15.00)

Chile is 2600 miles long and 110 miles wide at its widest spot. I guess that makes it a "thin" country. I love to travel and I love reading about other peoples' travels. Chile is on my bucket list for travels so I picked this one up to learn about the country. Wheeler traveled from the northern desert to Patagonia. She visits some outback villages and a few gnarly places that I might not choose to visit, but you get a feel for the diversity of the people and places in Chile. Since Wheeler is English, you get that quirky British humor splashed throughout.

Staff Picks - Younger Readers

Close to Famous    

(Joan Bauer, young adult, $16.99) ClosetoFamous

I love reading Joan Bauer's books because her heroines are so realistic, and because they deal with real-life issues other than just getting the cute guy. Her newest heroine, Foster, is only thirteen, but she's already a professional baker. She invents her own recipes and sells her goods to local restaurants. Foster's big secret, though, is that she can't read. That's why she invents recipes instead of following a cookbook. When Foster and her mama move to the little town of Culpepper to escape Mama's abusive boyfriend, Foster meets Miss Charleena, a former movie star who quickly learns Foster's secret and determines to teach her to read. This book shows that everyone has a dream, everyone has gifts, and everyone, from movie star to child, needs the help of their friends to achieve their goals. Bauer's heroines have backbone and are willing to stand up for what is right. I always appreciate those qualities in young people's literature. 



Secret Agent Jack Stalwart: The Escape of the Deadly Dinosaur  Escape of the Deadly Dinosaur

(Elizabeth Singer Hunt, $5.99)

If you know of a struggling, young reader, put this book into his or her hands.   This is the first book in a series of twelve with numbers 13 and fourteen due out this fall. In each book  Jack travels to a different country to solve world threatening crimes.  After reading the first book, the reader and can pick and choose titles which seem the most interesting.  Jack is a secret agent with the "Global Protection Force" agency.  All children like to feel empowered and Jack allows them the ability to image themselves as crime fighters.  In the first book, the reader is introduced to all the cool gadgets Jack uses to correct the world's wrongdoings.  Jack is a young boy living in England.  His older brother Max was also with the GPF but now has gone missing and Jack is determined to find his brother.  The first case takes Jack to New York City where a student has stolen a bone from the skeleton of an allosaurus.  Jack is immediately on the case when he comes face to face with a living  



I Know Here 

(Laurel Croza, Matt James illustrator, Picture Book ages 7-10, $18.95)I Know Here

A little girl and her family have been living in a remote area of Saskatchewan while her father works on a dam project.One day she finds out the project is done and they will be moving to Toronto at the end of the school year.The little girl doesn't know Toronto; she knows HERE.She knows her friends and neighbors, where the fox lives, where the wolves howl, the creek, the trees, but she doesn't know Toronto.How will she keep her memories of HERE alive when she leaves?With the help of her teacher, she comes up with a way.This book was such a delightful surprise and would be a great book for a child who is experiencing change in their life, most especially a move.James' illustrations will pull you into the little girl's world as she lists the things she knows.I really liked this book!  Winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award.


The Day Tiger Rose Said Goodbye

(Jane Yolen, Jim LaMarche illustrator, Picture Book ages 4-8, $16.99)Day Tiger Rose Said Goodbye

No two ways about it, this is a book about a cat that dies.But it is no ordinary book by any means.  Jane Yolen has written over 300 children's books (including one of my favorites, "Owl Moon") and she has approached the subject of pet deaths in previous books.Jim LaMarche is the author/illustrator of my all-time favorite children's book, "Story for Bear."  Between the two of them they have crafted a graceful and moving story about the last day of Tiger Rose's life.Tiger Rose knows her time has come.She says her goodbyes to her humans, then walks about the farm, gently saying goodbye to the other animals and places she has shared her life with:the trees and shrubs, the dog, the chipmunk, the snake, the birds, even the bees.When at last she is done, she curls up under the rosebushes one last time.  This book is more about Tiger Rose's life than her death, but a peaceful book about the subject that is fitting for younger kids.Tears will be shed.Tiger Rose's is a death all of us who have had cats would wish for our own.This book is a keeper. 




(Andy Mulligan, $16.99)Trash

After hearing this book reviewed on a radio program I sat down and read it in a single sitting. Set in a 'rubbish town' of India, we follow the story of three dumpsite boys who discover something in their trash picking that sets them on a journey of dangerous adventure and discovery. The story is good, and quickly develops an aura of intigue that sucks the reader in. Best of all, however, is the writing style. Each chapter is told in the voice of a different person. Voices range from Rat, an illiterate orphan living in a 'trash cave', to Olivia, a university student on vacation. Put this book in the hands of just about any young teen and they are likely to be appreciative. A perfect book for a reluctant young male reader.     

Paulina Springs Event Calendar
  Friday, June 17 at 6:30 pm in Redmond

Rick Steber presents Caught in the Crosshairs 

Saturday, June 18 at 6:30 pm in Sisters 

Rick Steber presents Caught in the Crosshairs


Thursday, June 23 at 6:30 pm in Redmond

Marcus Borg presents Putting Away Childish Things: A Novel of Modern Faith


Tuesday, July 5 at 4:00 pm in Sisters

Craig Johnson presents Hell Is Empty: A Walt Longmire Mystery  

Tuesday, July 5 at 7:00 pm in Redmond

Craig Johnson presents Hell Is Empty: A Walt Longmire Mystery


Wednesday, July 6 at 4:00 pm in Sisters

Jane Kirkpatrick presents A Daughter's Walk


 Friday, July 8 at 4:00 pm in Sisters

Marie Bostwick presents Threading the Needle

Friday, July 8 at 7:00 pm in Redmond

Marie Bostwick presents Threading the Needle 


 Friday, July 22 at 6:30 pm in Redmond

Kim McCarrel presents More Oregon Trails and Horse Camps

Saturday, July 23 at 6:30 pm in Sisters

Kim McCarrel presents More Oregon Trails and Horse Camps


Thursday, August 4 at 6:30 pm in Redmond

William Sullivan presents Oregon Favorites: Trails and Tales

Saturday, August 6 at 6:30 pm in Sisters

William Sullivan presents "Visiting Viking Sites in Scandinavia," a travel slideshow related to his book The Ship in the Hill


Friday, August 26 at 6:30 pm in Redmond

Brian Doyle presents Mink River

Saturday, August 27 at 6:30 pm in Sisters

Brian Doyle presents Mink River


Friday, September 23 at 6:30 pm in Redmond

Ellen Waterston presents Between Desert Seasons

Saturday, September 24 at 6:30 pm in Sisters  

Ellen Waterston presents Between Desert Seasons


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