Find out all about “Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go” when Portland author Dale Bayse introduces himself and his book in downtown Hillsboro Friday for the monthly Bards & Brews series at Primrose & Tumbleweeds, 248 E. Main St.

Sponsored by Jacobsen’s Books & More (located across the street from Primrose), the event gives each author 15 minutes to introduce themselves and read from their work while customers eat a meal or sip wine and microbrews.

Bayse’s book tells the story of Milton and Marlo Fauster, who die in a marshmallow-bear explosion and get sent straight to Heck, an otherworldly reform school.

Three other Portland-area authors will join Bayse, including Ripley Patton, also of Portland, who will read from “Ghost Hand,” a young-adult, paranormal thriller about a 17-year-old girl who was born with a rare birth defect: a right hand made not of flesh and blood but of ethereal energy.

Maggie Faire will read from “Chameleon: The Awakening,” which tells the story of an unusual 16-year-old girl who escapes to the forest from a medical-research facility and survives by using her chameleon-like ability to transform into the image of whoever she sees.

And Mary Jane Nordgren of Forest Grove will read from “Quiet Courage,” 37 true stories of everyday people coping with life-changing events.

Readings begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27.

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