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Read and meet local authors at the Deschutes Public Library

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Jane Austen said that every man is surrounded by a neighborhood of spies. This week, a few literary "spies" will gather at the Deschutes Public Library to celebrate the fiction and nonfiction written in and around Central Oregon. With material ranging from post-apocalyptic fiction to naughty romance to small town memoir, there's something for everyone (and surely, a few faces and places that you'll recognize).

Bend writer Dave Edlund is the author of "Crossing Savage, Book 1" in the thrilling Peter Savage series. As the world's leading alternative energy researchers are assassinated one by one, Peter Savage races against the clock to preserve the secret that promises to change the landscape of the world...or start a global war.

Marean Jordan, whose career as an academic at the University of California made her an expert on "Building Academic Literacy" writes prose, poetry and songs from her home in Sisters.

Sue Fountain's memoir, "Too Cold to Snow," is a moving coming of age story set in 1950s and 1960s Bend. Sue recounts the amazing transformation of the small timber town where she grew up.

K.C. Snider's illustrations appear in two children's books, "The Christmas Angel," and "The Magic Violin" K.C., who lives in Redmond, uses a variety of styles and her illustrations have won numerous literary awards.

Ted Haynes, who splits his time between Central Oregon and the San Francisco Peninsula, is the author of "On the Road from Burns: Stories from Central Oregon," and "Vandevert—The Hundred-Year History of a Central Oregon Ranch." Featuring characters who encounter the unique challenges of the land and its history, Ted allows readers to see the Central Oregon landscape anew.

Kids and teen author Kai Strand has written "The Weaver," "The Wishing Well," and "King of Bad," among others. Her "Super Villains Academy" series follows a young boy as he learns how to be good at being bad.

Redmond author Meg Gray is the author of "The Teacher," which draws upon her experiences as an educator in a fictionalized account of a single father (a kindergarten teacher) adapting to the big city.

Sara Rishforth is an author, home cook, baker and southern gal (transplanted to Central Oregon by way of Alaska). Her first book, "Adventures in Dating" is a funny romance about dating, friendship and food.

Bend writer Linda Orcelletto has been in Central Oregon for 18 years and has written "Tales, Tall Tales, and Outright Lies: About Bend's Iconic Pilot Butte." Written to raise money for the famous Bend landmark, Linda is already working on a sequel.

Tawna Fenske is the author of "Fiancé for Hire," "Making Waves," and "Frisky Business," quirky romantic comedies that often delve into the risqué! Booklist calls her "A tame Carl Hiaasen on cupid juice."

Sunriver writer Fred Couzens is the author of "Blood on Their Hands," about a young girl who winds up in a state mental asylum at the mercy of the system, and her struggle to gain her freedom and vindication.

Bend therapist Natalie Barnhouse is the author of two therapeutic children's books called "Shimmy Saves the Day: A Tale of Embracing Your Differences," and "Shimmy Finds Her Voice: A Tale About Sharing Your Feelings."

Second Sunday: Know Local Authors

2 pm.

Sun., Aug. 10

Downtown Bend Library, 601 NW Wall St.

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