Terry Jones suspects there are a lot of authors living in West Linn.

That is why he wants to hold a West Linn Authors Day in September.

'This is an experiment,' Jones said. 'If we get enough interest we'll do it. I think we do.

'A majority of people in West Linn work out of their homes, and there's a lot of creative people out there.'

Jones said he got the inspiration to have an authors day while sitting with some friends in a coffee shop. He noticed some paintings by local artists hanging on the walls.

'I thought about duplicating that with books,' Jones said. 'I thought it might be fun, and the idea kind of grew.'

The authors day will be held at the West Linn Public Library, which is helping Jones sponsor the event, on Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Authors will set up at tables and make presentations.

'It will also be a chance for authors to sell some books,' Jones said.

However, he noted, 'This isn't just for published authors. Unpublished authors are welcome, too.'

Jones is hoping to sell some himself. His most recent book is 'Elder: A Spiritual Alternative to Being Elderly.'

In the book Jones encourages people who are advancing in age to be 'elders' not 'elderly.'

''Elderly' is dirty word,' he said. 'It fits angry old guys who aren't any resource to the young. An elder can be a resource that young people really need.'

As a father of six and a grandfather of seven , Jones says his book will, 'cause you to face how you want to be connected to other people. Too many of us don't believe in our own wisdom.'

Jones is now hoping he and other West Linn authors can pass on some wisdom at West Linn Authors Day.

'This is something we'd like to repeat annually,' he said. 'This will help people see the degree of creativity there is in West Linn.'

Authors interested in participating can e-mail Jones at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call him at 503-228-0415, Ext. 302 or 800-854-9968, Ext. 302.

They can also call Lynette Meadows at the West Linn Public Library, 503-656-7853.

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