Midge Raymond, author of 'My Last Continent,' will speak at the fair. Submitted photo

Celebrating local authors

For Colestin Valley author Tod Davies, the Ashland library’s Local Author Fair is not only a choice place to meet and talk to 30-plus successful local authors, but also to purchase signed books as unique gifts for the upcoming holidays. 

The fair is from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in the lower meeting room of the library and will feature speakers “talking about their literary works in a way where you can meet local writers in person and find out more about their books. It’s an annual event and really fun," Davies says.

“All the local authors I know are going to be there. This specifically celebrates books and not other forms of writing — and local is important because our local literary culture is growing and getting more complex and rich and you’ll want to be part of it and support it.”

Davies is author of the "History of Arcadia" novels and recently published “Jam Today” and its sequel, “Jam Today Too,” which are humorous approaches to making enjoyable dishes from the random stuff in your fridge and pantry. They take their title from “Alice in Wonderland,” in which the Red Queen proclaims, “The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday — but never jam to-day.”

The moral of the story, Davies says, is, “Don’t wait for the right ingredients. You have them right now, whether it’s for your book or dinner. Work with what you’ve got … The revolution will not be catered.”

Speakers include Molly B. Tinsley, Amy Miller, Amy MacLennan, Virginia Morrell, Larry Buchanan and Karen Gans, Susanne Severeid, Davies, Matt Damon, Gary Lark, Steve Scholl (publisher of White Cloud Press), Jennifer Margulis and Ed Battistella.

Ashlander Damon just got his humorously illustrated children’s book published and, mirroring world affairs, he says, it’s about a fight in the fridge between the “right-wing militarist” General Custard and a peaceful head of lettuce. It’s called “The Fall of General Custard” and it’s published by White Cloud Press.

Young ones resonate with the book’s message that it’s good to “turn away from fear and embrace love," he says.

Ashlander Midge Raymond's novel “My Last Continent” was published by Scribner. It’s been published in several foreign markets, taking her on far-flung book tours, including in Australia, where, like Ashland, she found “everyone is loyal to the bookstore and has a great sense of community and intellectual curiosity.”

John Darling is an Ashland freelance writer. Reach him at

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