Bring Anthony to You

Meet Anthony and get your books signed at upcoming readings, signings, and events! See below for Anthony’s current schedule of events.

Book Anthony for Your Event

Anthony is available for virtual and real-world events including book fairs, workshops, conventions, panel discussions, video chats, and more. Please contact me: with your specific requirements, as I would love to help with your next event.

Bring Anthony’s “Faddah Rucksack’s Roadsong” to You

No, you don’t have to dress like this.

Can’t make it to an event? Bring Anthony to you!

Email Anthony and ask about his Living Room Tour Performance, “Faddah Rucksack’s Roadsong”


Windfall Reading Series: Oregon Book Award Finalists, Feb. 16, 2016, Eugene

Windfall Reading Series

As a member of the Lane Literary Guild, I love that Eugene has so much happening in its poetry and literary scene. Each month at the Eugene Public Library, featured poets and authors share their works with the public as part of the FREE Windfall Reading Series.

Lane Literary Guild2015-2016 Windfall Readings are held on the third Tuesday of the month, 5:30–7 p.m. The Eugene Public Library is at 10th and Olive in downtown Eugene.

Windfall Readers: Feb. 16, 2016

2016 Oregon Book Award Finalists

The Windfall project is made possible with support from City of Eugene Cultural Services. Other Windfall sponsors are the Lane Literary Guild, Eugene Public Library, Friends of the Eugene Public Library, and the Eugene Public Library Foundation.


What are you doing right now? Tell the world with your NOW page

New NOW page

Do you ever wish you had a simple, succinct way to tell people what you’re doing right now?

Derek Sivers—founder of CD Baby, regular TED speaker, and author of 34 books such as Anything You Wantused to ponder that same question. Then he came up with a simple idea: a now page.

Since then, he’s set up sites with a /now page : http://nownownow.com/ to track just that, all the other folks who’ve added a /now page.

I’ve added one too, and you can find my /now page here.

What will be on your /now page?


What’s the first line of my next book?

As you might’ve seen, I’m now underway on my final proof and out-loud read-through of my fourth Rucksack Universe book, THE LOTUS AND THE BARLEY. And if you were wondering, here’s the first line:

The Lotus and the Barley - first line

And if you want that in good ole text:

No one knew about the problem until the alarm rang, but Feckniss imagined the man in the orange suit at the top of the world was the only one who smiled about it.

Now back to work. The sooner I finish the proofing and read-through, the sooner you and I both will know when this book is coming out.


New NOW Page: What I’m doing now, February 2016

Printing manuscript for final read-through of THE LOTUS AND THE BARLEY

Printing the full manuscript of my forthcoming fourth book, THE LOTUS AND THE BARLEY. Once I’m done proofing and reading out loud, I’ll be setting the release date!

I live in Eugene, Oregon, and have been a self-employed professional writer since 2011—nearly 5 years. I’m the author of 3 (going on 4) travel fantasy books in my Rucksack Universe series. I write about craft beer. I help other people with their online content and marketing. Outside of my home office, I spend lots of time with my wife, son, and daughter. And I love to cook.

This month I’m…

Preparing to go to my hometown of Roanoke, Virginia, at the end of the month, to spend 3 intense incredible days as one of the guests at the MystiCon science fiction and fantasy convention.

Proofreading and doing a final read-through of THE LOTUS AND THE BARLEY, the forthcoming fourth book in my ongoing Rucksack Universe series.

Pondering what the release date will be for said book.

Outlining and doing some mental doodling on the prequel book for the series. ROADSONG will be my next main book project after launching THE LOTUS AND THE BARLEY.

Trying out Facebook Ads for my books, after completing some training on the program.

Conducting research, interviews, and drafting for about a half-dozen articles, mostly about craft beer, but a few other things too.

Deeply happy that a HUGE project is now out. This article, on the changing economic climate of Eugene, just ran in Oregon Business.

Talking with some folks locally about some content projects.

Walking over 10,000 steps (about 5 miles) each day

Doing 10 minutes of yoga

Cooking the incredible meals that my wife plans (she doesn’t like the cooking, I don’t like the planning)

Reading lots of books, including: WILD CARDS, lots of books about David Bowie, some Jacques Pepin cookbooks, and Terry Pratchett’s last Discworld novel, THE SHEPHERD’S CROWN.

Walking with my word, as Ali Edwards says of her annual One Little Word class. My wife and I are taking the class together. My word is CONNECT. And I’m trying hard to do a better job of connecting with people, talking and contributing, instead of being in constant listen mode.

Always intrigued by other people’s stories, so feel free to email me: writer@anthonystclair.com

I’ll typically be updating this NOW page about once a month, more if merited. Most recent update: February 5, 2016.


Oregon Business: Can Eugene Sell Itself — Without Selling Out?

Image: Oregon Business

I’ve lived in Eugene since 2000 and have seen how much this small city is changing—and how it also resists changing. It was really cool to get to write about this balance and conflict for the February 2016 edition of Oregon Business:

Full article: Oregon Business – Can Eugene Sell Itself — Without Selling Out?


Windfall Reading Series: Molly Gloss & John Witte, Jan. 19, 2016, Eugene

Windfall Reading Series

As a member of the Lane Literary Guild, I love that Eugene has so much happening in its poetry and literary scene. Each month at the Eugene Public Library, featured poets and authors share their works with the public as part of the FREE Windfall Reading Series.

Lane Literary Guild2015-2016 Windfall Readings are held on the third Tuesday of the month, 5:30–7 p.m. The Eugene Public Library is at 10th and Olive in downtown Eugene.

Windfall Readers: Jan. 19, 2016

  • Molly Gloss
  • John Witte

The Windfall project is made possible with support from City of Eugene Cultural Services. Other Windfall sponsors are the Lane Literary Guild, Eugene Public Library, Friends of the Eugene Public Library, and the Eugene Public Library Foundation.


Holiday Edition: book picks & more

What a year

This has been such an amazing year. I now have a one-year-old daughter and am about to have a 4-year-old son. My books are getting neat things said about them. THE LOTUS AND THE BARLEY just came back from the copy editor, and as soon as I finish some final December deadlines, I’ll be getting LOTUS on the final stretch before release in early 2016.

So now here we are in mid-December, and I just want to leave you with my thanks, as well as some book recommendations for yourself or someone on your gift list.

Happy Holidays and see you in 2016!

Book Picks

Good reads for next year

I wanted to put together a mammoth list of beer picks and book picks and all sort of other goodness. But I just didn’t get to it. However, I thought of all the folks I look to for holiday recommendations, and figured this year I’d send you their suggestions, along with a few of my own.

And now for Uncle Mark.

Uncle Mark’s 2016 Gift Guide & Almanac

I always look forward to Mark Hurst’s annual Uncle Mark gift guide, which always contains not only good gift ideas, but some recommendations on services, life advice, and even a few ways to make some simple tasks easier. Now that’s a present.

And now for the list of Scalzi

If you read me, there’s a decent chance you’ve also read science fiction author John Scalzi. (At least, that’s what Amazon tells me.) Each year in his Whatever Holiday Shopping Guide, Scalzi does 5 days of posts for various holiday recommendations, all supplied not by him, but by his readers:

And now, a few picks from me:

Station Eleven: A novel, by Emily St. John Mandel

Lyric, pensive, and beautifully written. I devoured this book and wanted more. More more more. It’s billed as post-apocalyptic and it is, but it is so much more. Read it and decide for yourself.

American Gods, by Neil Gaiman

One of the top modern fantasies, and an enduring story. The power of mythology meets the glitz of American culture—and boy oh boy, if that doesn’t spell trouble, then trouble must be spelled Shadow and Mr. Wednesday. Which it is, in this powerful, imagery-powered book that is a testament to Gaiman’s style and craft.

The last Discworld novel: The Shepherd’s Crown (Tiffany Aching), by Terry Pratchett

There’s a good chance you’ve read it, but crivens, some poor sod hasn’t and you should help with that. Young Tiffany is coming into her own—and as anyone knows from those tenuous years of early adulthood, sooner or later you stand between the light and the dark, the good and the bad—and you have to choose.

I’ll close with a plug for my own books.

The Rucksack Universe’s 3 books are available in e-book and trade paperback from your favorite stores, and you can also order direct from me through my own online store.

The Martini of Destiny

Home Sweet Road

Forever the Road

Bundles/Box Sets (available only direct):

E-book bundle

Signed paperback bundle

Happy Holidays!


Black Friday & Cyber Monday Fantasy Book Savings!

Travel to a new world of myth and adventure

Oh my oh my how I’ve been looking forward to this. If you’ve been planning to get the Rucksack Universe for someone on your gift list, there’s no better time than now to save big on e-books, signed paperbacks, and book bundles! These Black Friday savings are good through Nov. 30, so you can save all weekend and on Cyber Monday too!

Author-Only Savings

During Black Friday, you’ll save the most when you order directly from my secure author store at Selz.

99¢ e-books

$2.99 e-book bundles (includes formats for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iBooks & more!)

FREE US shipping on signed paperbacks*

$25 signed paperback bundles (save big off the combined cover price of $33.97) + US FREE Shipping*

* For all non-US paperback orders through my store, shipping is $30 per order

99¢ E-books

Over Black Friday, all Rucksack Universe e-books are only $0.99 each at my store, Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, Barnes & Noble Nook, and more.

>> Get the Universe at Black Friday Savings < <


FOREVER THE ROAD is a Fantasy Best Book of 2015

FOREVER THE ROAD - 2015 Self-Published E-book Award Winner from SELF-e and Library Journal

I just got some pretty incredible news.

Which I’ll preface by saying, so, I’m not much of a winner.

I was never much for athletics. I did pretty well at public speaking in high school, and did some decent placing in forensics competitions for things like live readings. But I’ve never won contests or awards. Heck, I don’t even care for going to Las Vegas or buying a lottery ticket, because I’m about as good at gambling as a footstool is at astrophysics.

But all that said, I just won something.

Library Journal is a major US trade publication that librarians use for figuring out books to add to their collections. The LJ has a new service called SELF-e, which helps indie authors like me gain broader access to libraries for e-books. As part of the setup process, I also entered my 3 e-books (The Martini of Destiny, Home Sweet Road, and Forever the Road) in a free competition for their 2015 Self-Published Ebook Awards.

And I just got word that FOREVER THE ROAD won Fantasy Honorable Mention.

Forever the Road, Rucksack Universe Book #3

It’s not first prize, but I’ll take it with glee. It’s validation. It’s a nod from the industry. And I gotta say, it still feels pretty darn good.

Speaking of the Fantasy category, you should also check out the other Honorable Mention, Shelbi Wescott’s After Life, and winner Dave Ferraro’s Yokai. I’ve already snagged samples for my Kindle. The other 3 genre categories were Science Fiction, Romance, and Mystery, and be sure to check out and support those authors too.

Of course, if you or someone you know is interested in FOREVER THE ROAD, you can snag an e-book or signed trade paperback copy here.

Thank you for being along with me on this journey… and here’s to what’s next on the way.


November 2015 Craft Beer Articles

AleSong Brewing—new barrel-aging & blending brewery coming soon to Eugene!

Photo by AJ McGarry for Oregon Beer Growler

Thirsty for craft beer news, especially the scene around western Oregon? Here are some of my articles for November 2015:

Lane Monthly Magazine

Filling the Festival Void – Lane Monthly

McKenzie Cider & Craft Beer celebrates its fourth festival! On Nov. 13–14, over 5,000 people will enjoy 190 beers and ciders at the McKenzie Cider & Craft Beer Festival (MCCBF). Presented by the McKenzie After 5 and Springfield Rotary Clubs and held at Springfield’s Willamalane Center, MCCBF showcases regional beers and ciders to the benefit of local community organizations and Rotary Club projects. More…

The Register-Guard

McMenamins still has fresh legs after a million kegs of craft beer – Tastings – The Register-Guard

The influential chain of brewpubs, now 30 years old, serves up distinctively different bestselling beers that endure in an ever-more competitive market. More…

Oregon Beer Growler

Matt Van Wyk, Coombs Brothers Launch AleSong – Oregon Beer Growler (print edition, p. 14)

After six years as brewmaster for Eugene-based Oakshire Brewing, Matt Van Wyk (left) has resigned and joined forces with two brothers, Brian and Doug Coombs, to begin a new venture. AleSong Brewing and Blending will focus on barrel-aged and farmhouse beers, with plans to begin selling product in 2016. More…

OSU Prepares Students for Life “Beyond Football” – Oregon Beer Growler (print edition, p. 12 & 23)

Oregon State University’s Beyond Football program was created in 2013 to help student-athletes identify their interests and skills by connecting them with professionals in a range of industries, including craft beer. More…

In the print edition of the November 2015 Oregon Beer Growler, you’ll find the stories above as well as these:

  • New Head Brewer Named at Oakshire, p. 4
  • Oregon Brewing’s Living Past: The Art of Beer, p. 13
  • Gate Spans Two Breweries and Two Coasts, p. 15

Hi.

Anthony St. Clair - Travel Fantasy Author / Craft Beer Writer / Business Copywriter
Author and copywriter Anthony St. Clair has specialized in online content since 2000, blogged since 2004 and is the author of the Rucksack Universe travel fantasy series.

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