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Four local authors make appearance at Bowman Museum this weekend

This Saturday Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. until noon four of Crook County's local authors will be on hand at the Bowman Museum to sign copies of their new or recently released books.
   Wayne Kee's newly released, Eastern Oregon Books and Print: An Annotated and Historical Bibliography, is a book about books. It is `a must have' for the serious history buff or researcher and is a great resource for any book lover.
   In Kee's own words: "The focus of this work is books and other print that have a relationship to the Oregon that lies east of the Cascade range. Included are all topics, although the bulk of the print is historical. I have included fiction works as well.
   An attempt has been made to provide brief bibliographic descriptions, citings of various editions, information relating to publication, information on content or the history to which the work speaks, plus occasional judgements on the merits of given works..."
   Wayne lives in Crook County and is known locally as the `Book Man' because of his fine collection of rare books. He has contributed several articles to Historical Society publications including an article called The Dalles to Silver Lake Road Through Prineville for the 1994 History of Crook County Oregon.
   Steve Lent's recently released, Central Oregon Place Names, Volume I, Crook County, is quickly becoming a necessity for any Crook County history project. Lent spent many years of research and writing, this much anticipated book.
   This is Crook County from A to Z, every creek, ridge, and forgotten town. With 264 pages, and almost 200 photographs this 8 « X 11 quality paperback book is a wonderful resource for students, historians and anyone interested in Crook County history.
   Lent is the author of many of the Historical Society's field trip guides and many other articles on Crook County history. He also recently received the prestigious American Association for State and Local History Certificate of Commendation for sustained contributions to preservation and understanding of central Oregon history.
   Volumes two and three in the series will be on Jefferson and Deschutes Counties respectively. Lent is in the active research phase of these volumes but is still sometime away from publication.
   Rick Steber's newly released book, Buckaroo Heart, is a story of a a cowboy and the love of his life Betty. Herman Vowell grew up on an Oregon homestead dreaming of being a cowboy, Betty was a city girl from California. They fell in love and married.
   They settled on a sprawling ranch in the heart of the Devil's Garden. When tragedy and the outside world encroached on their remote ranch, they stood side by side and fought to retain their vanishing way of life.
   Rick Steber, one of the West's most popular authors, tells Herman and Betty's story with words that will capture the heart with their tenderness.
   Frances Juris' recently released "B.F. Nichols,"Father of Crook County", corrects a very big oversight; B. F. Nichols, the man in large part responsible for the creation of Crook County, had almost disappeared from the community's memory. Juris' new work brings him back to life.
   This author has been interested in B.F. Nichols for a long time. She was inspired by the stories of local history heard directly from pioneer Warren Glaze, born in Prineville in 1880.
   Nichols was a foster father to Glaze after his own father, 'Til Glaze, was killed in 1894.
   Nichols' story is in many ways a tragic one. He was for so long a forgotten man, but his story is both fascinating and important and the Historical Society is grateful for the chance to publish it
   Juris is the author of several books including Rails to the Ochoco Country, Old Crook County the Heart of Oregon, and co-author of Roads and Rails South From the Columbia. She has also written many, many articles about events and people in Crook County's colorful past.
   Everyone is invited to come and meet these four fine authors at the Bowman Museum this Saturday the 8th from 10 a.m. to noon.
   An autographed copy of a book penned by a local author just might be the perfect Christmas gift for your family history buff or that difficult `has everything' friend or family member. For more information contact the Bowman Museum at 447-3715.