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

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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”


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Jack St. Clair, Inc. (JSI)

This is a recent copywriting and website project I did for my dad’s company, and it’s the newest part of my online portfolio.

JSI 2015

When your business is built on 60 years of excellence, you have that same expectation for your website.

Terry St. Clair, the owner of Jack St. Clair, Inc. (JSI), is also my dad. I grew up around dump trucks and excavators, long deep ditches and the smells of diesel and dirt. When it came time to update the JSI website, I dug into code and copy to give my dad’s business the online presence it deserves.

The JSI site was in need of new content and a new look. I put together fresh copy, current and historical photos, client testimonials, and extensive details on the company’s services for a website with a clear message, powered by a new, responsive template. Now the website clearly communicates to prospects why JSI is the right company for the job.

Website: jackstclairinc.com

Project Dates: 2014–2015

Client Comments

“We had put up a basic website years ago, but it was outdated, needed a redesign, and didn’t have enough content. Anthony provided fresh content and a new template that looks good even on today’s smartphones and tablets. He also worked with us to make sure technical details about the business were correct, while also getting to the heart and history of who we are. I’m so happy with the site, and am glad we have such a stronger online presence now.”
— Kelly Proffit, Vice President


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Oregon Authors Table at Art & the Vineyard Festival, Eugene, OR, July 3 & 5, 2015

Join me and other Oregon authors at the Art & the Vineyard Festival’s Oregon Authors Table! The Festival and Table run July 3–5, and I’ll be there July 3 & July 5, 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Now in its 18th year, the Oregon Authors Table has become a popular feature of this artsy celebration on the Fourth of July weekend in Eugene’s Alton Baker Park, along the Willamette River.

33 Oregon Authors To Sign Books at Art & the Vineyard Festival

From mystery and humor, to fantasy and romance, many new local books will be featured. Among the many new books this season are Superfluous Women, Carola Dunn’s latest English murder mystery; Building a Better Nest: Living Lightly at Home and in the World, a memoir of a home in the Coast Range by Evelyn Searle Hess, and Bedtime Stories for Dogs by Register-Guard columnist Leigh Anne Jasheway.

The Art & the Vineyard Festival is held along the Willamette River on the lawn of Alton Baker Park near downtown Eugene’s Ferry Street Bridge. Admission is $9 on July 4 and $7 on July 3 and 5. A 3-day pass is also available for $16.

This Year’s Authors

Here are this year’s authors, the times they will be attending the festival, and the books they will be autographing.

  • Dan Armstrong: The Eyes of Archimedes (a historical novel about the Greek mathematician and his slave during the Roman siege of Syracuse) and other novels, all day every day
  • Tom Arnold: Chambers of the Human Heart (a menage-a-trois novel set in Oregon) and other novels, Saturday 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • A. Lynn Ash: The Route From Cultus Lake: A Woman’s Path to a Solo Camping Lifestyle, Sunday 3:30-6 p.m.
  • Risa Bear: Homecomings (memoir), and poems and novels, Friday and Saturday 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Joe Blakely: Buiilding the Oregon Coast Highway 1936-1966 and other books about Oregon history and sports, all day every day
  • Jo- Brew: Oregon’s Main Street: Highway 99: The Stories, Sunday 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Jennifer Chambers: The Self-Advocacy Toolbox (nonfiction about recovering from brain trauma), and other memoirs, novels and stories, Saturday 3:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Gary Cornelius: Dancing With the Gogos a memoir of his Peace Corps service in a Zulu village in South Africa, Friday 1:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Carola Dunn: Superfluous Women (2015) and two dozen other murder mysteries in her popular Daisy Dalrymple series, set in England in the 1920s, Saturday 1:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Pat Edwards: Oregon’s Main Street: Highway 99: The Folk History, Sunday 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Jan Eliot: It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time (book 10 of the syndicated cartoon Stone Soup), Saturday 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Carl Falsgraf: Highway Blues (2015, a memoir of quitting his job at age 55 to travel the country in a Toyota Tacoma), Friday 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Kenneth Fenter: Incessant Expectations (2015, a novel set in Winchester Bay, Oregon in the 1970s), and five other novels, Friday 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Dana Furgerson: The Sapphire Eye and the Emerald Tooth (2015, a teen, time-traveling illustrated adventure), and other novels, Saturday 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Diane L. Goeres-Gardner: Oregon State Penitentiary and other books on Oregon history, Friday 3:30-7:30 p.m. and Saturday 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Quinton Hallett: Refuge from Flux (poems), Sunday 1:30-6 p.m.
  • Ann Herrick: Love, Life, and Surviving High School and other young adult novels, Friday 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Evelyn Searle Hess: Building a Better Nest: Living Lightly at Home and in the World (2015, a memoir of her rustic home in the Coast Range west of Eugene, Saturday 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Leigh Anne Jasheway: Bedtime Stories for Dogs (2015) and dozens of other humor books, Sunday 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Joseph Lieberman: Jesus: First Century Rabbi and School Shootings: What Every Parent and Educator Needs to Know to Protect Our Children, Saturday 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Karen Locke: Seal Rock (2015, poems by John Haislip), Sunday 4:30-6 p.m.
  • Leandra Martin: L’Landra’s Tale: A New Day for the Dauntless (a novel about people searching for a new home), and other fantasy novels, Friday 3:30-7:30 p.m. and Saturday 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Joy McDowell: Blue Cat Shoes (2015, poems), Sunday 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Nancy Carol Moody: Photograph With Girls (poems), Sunday 1:30-6 p.m.
  • Sharon Lask Munson: Braiding Lives (poems), Sunday 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Keli Osborn: How to Love Everything (2015, anthology of poems), Sunday 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Mike Pungercar: The Promise Kept (nonfiction account of the B-17 bomber crews of World War II), Friday 3:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Ce Rosenow: Spectral Forms (poetry chapbook), Sunday 1:30-3 p.m.
  • Marie Simmons: Taste of Honey, Fresh & Fast Vegetarian, and other cookbooks, Sunday 3:30-6 p.m.
  • Anthony St. Clair: Forever the Road (a tale of travel, destiny, and beer set in India) and other travel fantasy novels, Friday and Sunday 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • William L. Sullivan: 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Eastern Oregon (2015) and 17 other guidebooks and novels, all day every day
  • Harriot Terry West: Into the Light (2015, poems), Sunday 1:30-3 p.m.
  • Rod Williams: An Americana Singer for the 21st Century (novel), Sunday 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

See you at Art & the Vineyard!


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Reading at Oregon Writers Collective, May 13, 2015, Eugene, OR

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Are you a writer looking for your fellow writers? The Oregon Writers Collective (OWC) fosters a vibrant community that nurtures working literary writers, particularly those who are beginning their careers. They meet at The Barn Light (Broadway & Willamette, downtown Eugene), on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.

On Wed., May 13, I’ll be doing a short intro reading, plus there will be fascinating writers with interesting stories to share:

See you there!


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May Fantasy Book Pick: Wyrd Sisters (Discworld) by Terry Pratchett

In an early Terry Pratchett book called Equal Rites, we got to meet an unstoppable, cantankerous witch named Granny Weatherwax. A little later, Pratchett brought us to Granny’s home turf in the magical and mountainous kingdom of Lancre. She was joined by two other vastly different witches, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick, 3 conflicting personalities who had to work together for a much bigger cause.

The end result, a wee novel called Wyrd Sisters, is a riotous mashup of Macbeth and the absurd. But beyond all that, Pratchett’s wit and humor are a sugary coating about a reminder of the power of real respect—and respect for real power. As to what that is… well…

Wyrd Sisters was my introduction to Discworld, and as of the end of April I’ve read the book 4 times. (I was also just on the Sword & Laser podcast to discuss it and Discworld.)

If you haven’t read it or are interested in the Discworld series, Wyrd Sisters is a great intro. And don’t worry, one of the beauties of Discworld is you can come to it from any book. Maybe I’m biased by my own experiences, but it’s a great starting point, and every journey starts with where you are.

Get Wyrd Sisters at Amazon


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Love Your Library

Our family adores our Eugene Public Library. Ever since our 3-year-old was a baby, we have taken him and now his baby sister to library events such as their weekly Library Storytimes. (My wife, Jodie St. Clair of the Eugene Suzuki Music Academy, even guest hosts.)

Recently our librarians asked if we would help them with a video that encourages more families to come to the library, especially when they have babies and young children. We jumped at the chance—our library is part of why our son loves books and is well on the way to learning to read.

Wherever you are, I hope you have a wonderful library and, above all, that you take advantage of the programs and services they offer. And if you haven't yet? Well, there's no time like the present. See you at the library!


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May Craft Beer Articles for Eugene & Lane County

May’s craft beer articles for the Eugene/Springfield area include one of my favorite topics to write about for the Oregon Beer Growler: women in the brewing industry. This year I had the privilege of interviewing Kate Price, who along with her husband Ben founded newcomer Hard Knocks Brewing in Cottage Grove. Our talk is on page 14 of the May Oregon Beer Growler, which you can read online or find in print all over the state.

Also, new for this month is an article for a new publication, Lane Monthly Magazine. Lane Monthly is highlighting the news, events, and lifestyle in the rest of Lane County. It was fun to talk up all the amazing craft beer happening in the rural areas outside Eugene/Springfield. Enjoy, cheers, and slainte!

And now I’d better get back to work. Deadlines ahead.


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May News for Rucksack Universe Fantasy Books: Lotus, Roadsong & Wet

April was a recharging month. With the rough draft of Lotus stuck in a virtual desk drawer for a few weeks, I devoted extra attention to some other articles, Rucksack Universe ideas, and other things for my writing and publishing business. It was really refreshing.

Lotus. But now it’s May, and that means it’s time to come to full focus on Lotus. Over these next few weeks I’ll be going through the manuscript to fix everything I can fix, redo, and otherwise improve, before handing it off to my Chief Reader and Beta Readers.

Wet. The fifth Rucksack Universe book, codenamed Wet, is also in progress. I’ve done some outlining on Wet, but for now that’s as much as I’m doing with that project. I can tell you this though: Wet will be the biggest, most expansive globetrotting craziness of a Rucksack Universe book that we’ve seen yet.

Roadsong. One of the things I worked on during April is a little something I’m calling Faddah Rucksack’s Roadsong. The Roadsong is going to be many things: different views of the Rucksack Universe that can be done at events, video fodder, and… a book. Roadsong will be a sort of prequel to the series, but it is going to be far, far more than that. I’ll keep telling you more as the year goes along and I develop more of the material.

Folks who attended recent events got a taste of the Roadsong, and here’s a wee taste for you too:

“Have you ever wanted to go Somewhere Else? Maybe Everywhere Else? Or at least Anywhere Else, just as long as it wasn’t here? I did. Wanted to be anywhere as long as it wasn’t where I was. In this ole world of ours, I’ve been all over here and there. Saw what was and what wasn’t. Saw how others got through the day—or didn’t. I got to know what we share that makes us one, and how we differ that makes us want to tear each other apart. But above all, I saw the cracks. In everything that seems so solid, there are cracks. Then one day… One day I got more than I bargained for. I went somewhere I definitely didn’t need a visa or a passport to visit.”


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Rucksack Universe E-books Now Available from Google Play

Get it on Google Play Books

All Rucksack Universe e-books now available on Google Play!

Fan of Google Play? Now you can get all Rucksack Universe e-books from Google Play »

‘Nuff said.


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Former Tomjon Talks Discworld with Sword & Laser Apr. 29 + May Events

The next few weeks are going to be so much fun. In addition to some live May events (more on that below), I’m really excited about this Wednesday…

Live Google Hangout: Discworld Discussion with Sword & Laser on Apr. 29, 4 p.m. PT

Luigi Novi [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0) or CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Sir Terry Pratchett, Discworld author, 1948–2015. © Luigi Novi / Wikimedia Commons. Luigi Novi [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0) or CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

It’s hard to believe that it was only a year ago that I was on the Sword & Laser podcast to talk about the Rucksack Universe. Now, on Wednesday, Apr. 29 at 4 p.m. PT, hosts Tom and Veronica are having me back on to talk about something near and dear to my geeky wee soul: Terry Pratchett’s Discworld.

Sword and Laser

What’s the Sword & Laser? Sword & Laser is a wonderful online book club and regular podcast for science fiction and fantasy fans. Every month they work with their 21,277-member Goodreads group to select a new book to read and discuss. This is one of the few podcasts I always listen to. Right now they’re in the thick of one of Terry Pratchett’s early books, the first Lancre witches novel Wyrd Sisters.

Why I stopped what I was doing to email them. During a recent podcast they mentioned wanting to have on someone who knows and loves Discworld. My heart immediately began to pitter-patter like the pounding of hundreds of little feet of sapient pearwood Luggage. I stopped what I was doing to email them:

Discworld found me while I was living in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1998–1999. During that time I was a member of the Napier Drama Society at Napier University, and I was cast as Tomjon in a production of Wyrd Sisters. Along with Mort, these were my introduction to the series, and I since have become a voracious Discworld reader. (My wife always knows when I’m reading Discworld because I laugh myself hoarse and have a hard time doing anything else but devouring the book as quickly as possible.) From Granny Weatherwax to Sam Vimes, The Luggage to Moist von Lipwig, I love visiting Discworld and always look forward to going back.

Remembering Sir Terry. As you may know, Terry Pratchett passed away on Mar. 12, 2015. He was the author of more than 70 books, with over 40 in his Discworld series alone. I had always hoped to meet the author of many of my favorite books, and whose work and themes have been a huge influence on my own. I won’t get to meet Sir Terry in this life. But I sure as hell look forward to talking about an author and a body of work that is far, far more than funny fantasy stories.

Catch our Sword & Laser Discworld discussion. I re-read Wyrd Sisters on Sunday—I believe it was my fourth time reading this book. Will post links and such for the podcast and Google Hangout when they come available. If you can’t make it to the live video Google Hangout on Wed. Apr. 29, at 4 p.m. PT, our Discworld discussion will be online at YouTube and will also be available in the Sword & Laser’s podcast in due course.

May Events

There’s a lot more going on too. Here are live events and readings I’ll be doing in May:

Opal Center Literary Salon: Conversations with Local Authors, May 2, 2015

Author Panel: Writing and Business: Getting it done despite our lives, May 7, 2015

Lunch with an Author, May 21, 2015

It’s going to be a fun few weeks, and I hope we get to say hello.

P.S. If you want to see my 2014 hangout with the Sword & Laser, here you go:


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Opal Center Literary Salon: Conversations with Local Authors, May 2, 2015

Opal Center Literary Salon

Join 3 Oregon authors for an afternoon of discussion, reading, stories, and Q&A. May’s featured writers are:

  • Anthony St. Clair (The Rucksack Universe, a travel fantasy fiction series)
  • Janice Jensen (published in the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series)
  • Steve McQuiddy (An Opal Whiteley expert who wrote “The Fantastic Tale of Opal Whiteley”)

We’ll be on stage at the Opal Center for Arts and Education in Cottage, Grove, Oregon, on Sat., May 2, 3 p.m.

Opal Center for Arts and Education
513 E. Main St.
Cottage Grove, Oregon
http://www.opalcentercg.org/
Event page
For more information, call 541-946-7252


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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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