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Local judge one of five to read at Bards & Brews


Thomas Kohl joins mystery, humor and young-adult authors at Hillsboro forum

Five Oregon authors converge Friday, Dec. 27, at Primrose & Tumbleweeds in Hillsboro for the last Bards & Brews offering of 2013.

Sponsored by Jacobsen’s Books & More (located across the street from Primrose), the event gives each author 15 minutes to discuss a bit about their motivations for writing a book and to read from their respective work while customers enjoy a meal or sip wine and microbrews.

A true story of finding hope, comfort and forgiveness, in “Losing Megan,” Washington County Judge Thomas Kohl relates how God turned tragedy into triumph and changed his life through Jesus Christ, helping Kohl forgive the man who brutally murdered his daughter (who is one of the children mentioined in this week’s front-page article on grieving). The story also tells how Drug Court, an intensive treatment program, was birthed out of Kohl’s heart for drug addicts.

Roslyn McFarland will read from her young adult novel “See No Sea,” a paranormal romance without vampires or werewolves. In this first book of McFarland’s trilogy, readers meet Lee, a gifted swimmer at an elite training camp who meets an unusual young man who reveals himself to be a mythical aquatic creature.

Cheri Lasota will read from her own young adult novel of intrigue and romance. Shipwrecked in 1898 on mysterious and mythology-steeped Azore Islands off the coast of Portugal, in the historical fantasy “Artemis Rising” the heroine must choose between two futures: the tragic end foretold for her and the one promised by the island boy who would rescue her.

Jean Sheldon brings readers closer to home with a whodunit set in post-World War II Chicago. In “She Overheard Murder,” an actor working as understudy for the star of a radio drama finds herself a suspect when the star is murdered. The novel introduces characters from Sheldon’s new Nic and Nora mystery series featuring lesbian amateur detectives.

Even closer to home is “Whimsy Street (Humorous Excursions from Daily Life)” by Beaverton author Hal Reichardt. A collection of humorous stories about everyday living and family life, Reichardt’s essays are meant to help readers laugh at themselves and at their own predicaments.

Primrose and Tumbleweeds is located at 248 E. Main St. Readings begin at 7 p.m.