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Petrick talks baseball, Parkinsons in memoir

Bards & Brews features fantasy, satire, more from five authors


This month, Primrose and Tumbleweeds welcomes a new lineup of writers to its “Last Friday” Bards & Brews event, where five authors introduce their books while patrons sip wine or microbrews.

n Hillsboro native and former major-league-baseball player Ben Petrick (now a consultant with the Hillsboro Hops) has written “Forty Thousand to One,” a memoir of both his Colorado Rockies experience and his battle with Parkinson’s disease.

n Jake Elliot will offer a world of mystery, religion, politics and deception when he reads from the second book in his Heretic Trilogy, “Crossing Mother’s Grave.” The series follows a priestess, an elf and two mercenary brothers as they attempt to recover a stolen religious artifact.

n Raymond Macalino’s children’s book, “Percy’s Planetary Surprise,” tells of a lonely pig on a far-away planet and the surprise that changes his life.

n Chad Coenson’s “Me and Bobby McGee” is a modern social satire which features an alcohol-infused, government-trained killer. The book has been optioned for a feature film by Man vs. Film Productions in Portland.

n Courtney Pierce’s “Stitches” draws from her 20 years as a sales and marketing executive on Broadway.

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