Six Authors to Take Part in Meet and Greet at Book 'n' Brush in Chehalis


Six authors will come together at Book ‘n’ Brush in Chehalis Nov. 12 for a meet and greet opportunity, allowing people to purchase their books and get them signed.

The first of two events this year features some newcomers.

According to David Hartz, owner of Book ‘n’ Brush, this year’s new additions are Texie “Susan” Gregory, who currently resides in Washington, D.C., and Ellen King Rice, an author from Olympia.

The event provides a low-key situation where fans and book lovers can come meet the authors.

“It’s unique in the sense that it’s an opportunity to meet a published author who is successful in a quiet surrounding,” Hartz said. “The problem with a lot of book signings is it’s a mob affair. Ours aren’t like that.”

Five of the six authors are local to the Pacific Northwest, with three of them residing in Lewis County.

During the event, the authors will be scattered throughout the store. Stationed at their respective tables, people can come shake their hands, chat, and learn more about their books.

“You get to be one-on-one with them and get to ask them questions,” Hartz said, adding this year’s event brings in a good variety of authors.

This year's authors are:

• Sandra A. Crowell, a local historian, will sign her popular book "The Land Called Lewis."

• Texie “Susan” Gregory, from Washington, D.C. Her first book “Slender Reeds” was released Nov. 1. The book features a fictional perspective of an event involving the life of Moses.

• Julie McDonald Zander, a local historian of many books who will be signing “Chehalis,” and others. Hartz said at least four of her books will be available.

• Lisa Brunette, a Chehalis resident, with her third book, “Bound to the Truth,” which will be released just in time for the event on Nov. 11. Her “Dreamslippers” books feature a family of private investigators who solve crimes using the ability to “slip” into dreams.

• Buddy Rose, local freelance writer and former 30-year Forest Service employee and author of the popular book “Riffe” will present his new book, “Fire Mountains.” The book provides recreational and geological information on Mount Rainier, Mount Adams and Mount St. Helens.

• Ellen King Rice, from Olympia, and author of “The Evoangel: A Mushroom Thriller.” The book is an environmental thriller set in the Pacific Northwest.

The popular event typically brings 100 people through the store. Hartz said he holds it at least once or twice a year.