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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.

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”


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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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April Eugene Craft Beer Stories & Eugene Beer Week 2015

For fellow fans of the latest and greatest in the Willamette Valley’s craft beer scene, the April edition of the Oregon Beer Growler has some great stories in it. There are also 2 pieces of my own:

  • “Beer Is Love” Donates More Than 120,000 Pints to West Coast Causes, p. 13
  • Crowdfunding Drives New Growth for Springfield Startup, p. 18–19

You can read the OBG online, or find it in print in various locations.

In other news, the dates for Eugene Beer Week 2015 have been announced: June 1–7. More details and this year’s events coming soon to Eugene Beer Week.org.

Lots more to come over the next few months. The beer scene here just keeps heating up!


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An Evening of Science Fiction & Fantasy: Otters, Beer & Guinevere, Apr. 23, 2015

Tsunami Books, local Eugene indie bookstoreJoin 3 Eugene/Springfield authors for an evening of science fiction and fantasy! From otters in space and myth in India, to a new twist on Arthurian legend, join Mary E. Lowd, Anthony St. Clair, and Rachael Pruitt at Tsunami Books on Thurs., Apr. 23, 7 p.m. Each author will perform a reading, answer your questions, and then convene for a panel discussion with the audience on science fiction and fantasy.

This event is free and open to the public. Tsunami Books is located at 2585 Willamette St., Eugene, or call (541) 345-8986. Learn more at Tsunami’s Facebook Page.

Mary E. Lowd

Mary E. Lowd

Mary E. Lowd is the author of Otters In Space. Her fiction ranges from serious science fiction that explores the intersection of technology, memory, identity, and reality, to fun stories about cats.

She’s had more than 50 short stories published and has been nominated 13 times for the Ursa Major Awards. She’s twice received the Cóyotl Award for Best Short Story.

Learn more at marylowd.com.

Anthony St. Clair

Anthony St. Clair

Beer writer, globetrotter, and Rucksack Universe fantasy author Anthony St. Clair has walked with hairy coos in the Scottish Highlands, choked on seafood in Australia, and watched the full moon rise over Mt. Everest in Tibet. Anthony’s travels have also taken him around the sights and beers of Thailand, Japan, India, Canada, Ireland, the USA, Cambodia, China and Nepal. He and his wife live in Oregon and gave their son a passport for his first birthday.

Connect with Anthony at www.anthonystclair.com.

Anthony’s Facebook Page

Twitter: @anthonystclair

Rachael Pruitt

Rachael Pruitt

Rachael Pruitt is a writer, storyteller, and teacher with a lifelong fascination for Celtic mythology and the Arthurian legend. Her first novel, The Dragon’s Harp, is the winner of the 2013 Visionary Fiction Award from COVR (Coalition of Visionary resources) and the 2012 Winner of Global Ebook Awards for Ancient Historical Literature.

Her poetry has appeared in Paradox magazine and her article, “To Dream a Dragon”, is published in the award-winning 2011 writing anthology, Many Genres, One Craft. Rachael has also published nonfiction articles detailing “Myths for Our Time,” a personal mythology process she developed while an Artist in Residence in Oregon. Her second Arthurian novel, The Dragon’s Breath, will be making its appearance in winter of 2015-2016.

She can be reached at www.rachaelpruitt.com

Rachael’s Facebook Page

Twitter: @EraOfDragons


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XinXii Author of the Month, 2015

Xinxii Author of the Month, Anthony St. Clair

The European-centric e-book distributor XinXii is one of the many places that carries my e-books. They also have an author of the month feature—and for April 2015 they are featuring wee me.

Xinxii Author of the Month, Anthony St. Clair

“Anthony St. Clair is the passionate indie author of the Rucksack Universe series. He shared with XinXii his marketing strategy for book series, the pros and cons of self-publishing, and why a milk crate has to stand on his working place.”

Full Interview: XinXii Author of the Month: 10 Questions to Anthony St. Clair, April 2015


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How’s that book coming along?

On Oct. 27, 2014, I started drafting Lotus, the fourth Rucksack Universe book. I finished Act I on Nov. 21—the day before my daughter was born.

After the holidays and time with my wee family, on Jan. 5, 2015, I resumed working on the book.

And today, Mar. 24, 2015, I finished drafting Lotus.

After 76,215 words, I’m going to take a couple of days off. Before I do, it’s time to fire up my favorite end-of-project song… Battle Without Honor or Humanity from Kill Bill. And after that? I’m going to work on other projects for a few weeks, before picking up Lotus for revision. See you at the aftermath. Peace.


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Beyond Guinness: Get Your St. Patrick’s Day on with These Irish Craft Beers

Infographic: The Best Irish Craft Beers of 2015

Too often when we think of Irish beer, we get no further than Guinness. Now, I’m all for a pint of plain, and the dry Irish stouts of Guinness, Murphy’s, and Beamish are among my favorite beers. (They also had nothing whatsoever to do—*wink*—with how I came up with the Rucksack Universe’s Galway Pradesh Stout.)

However, just as in the US, craft beer is on the rise in Ireland. In 2001 there was a handful of craft breweries in Ireland. Today, there are nearly 80. So when it comes to the latest liquid gold from the Emerald Isle, you can indeed look beyond the big breweries for the Irish craft beers you should be drinking in 2015.

In fact, the wonderful folks at HomeBrewWest, Ireland’s largest homebrew supplier, were kind enough to put together a wee beer guide just for you.

The Top Irish Craft Beers You Should Be Drinking In 2015

The Top Irish Craft Beers of 2015 - Infographic from HomeBrewWest

Here’s a copy-and-paste friendly list, with links so you can learn more about these interesting Irish craft breweries:

  1. O’Hara’s Leann Follåin, Carlow Brewing Company
  2. Rascal’s Ginger Porter, Rascal’s Brewing Company
  3. Of Foam and Fury Double IPA, Galway Bay Brewery
  4. Black Boar Imperial Oatmeal Stout, The White Hag
  5. Hairy Goat IPA, Mountain Man Brewery
  6. McGargle’s Knock Knock Ned’s IPA, Rye River Brewing Company
  7. Bru Ri Irish Craft IPA, Bru Brewery
  8. Black IPA, Blacks of Kinsale
  9. The Full Irish IPA, Eight Degrees Brewing
  10. Mescan Westporter Stout, Mescan Brewery
  11. Bristle IPA, Bo Bristle Brewing Company
  12. Scraggy Bay IPA, Kinnegar Brewing Limited

Over to you

In addition to our traditional Guinness, I will be hunting through our fab local bottle shops—The Bier Stein and 16 Tons—for any of these Irish craft beers.

What will you be drinking this St. Patrick’s Day?


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Eugene Craft Beer & Cider Stories, March 2015

Tap handles from Eugene and Springfield craft breweries and brewpubs

Image: Collin Andrew/The Register-Guard

What an exciting time to be a beer lover in the Willamette Valley! There is so much going on, and I’m so happy to have been part of some recent stories:


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Have you read a good e-book lately? It’s Read an E-book Week!

It’s Read an E-book Week 2015!

Enjoy the adventure of an e-book! Read an E-book Week Mar. 1-7, 2015

For the seventh year running, e-book retailer Smashwords is sponsoring Read an E-book Week. Through Saturday, March 7, you can save on lots of great e-books to read.

Read an E-book Week Specials »

Specials range from 25% to FREE, but only during Read an E-book Week.

Because I love e-books and am a fan of anything reading, through Mar. 7 at Smashwords you can get all 3 Rucksack Universe e-books for FREE. That’s right—The Martini of Destiny, Home Sweet Road, and Forever the Road are all available for free, only at Smashwords, through Saturday. (Use the code RW100 at checkout.)

Whether relaxing at home in an armchair, commuting to work, or while bouncing around a bus on a bendy narrow cliffside road in Asia, enjoy curling up with your new e-books!

Read an E-book Week »


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Lunch with an Author, May 21, 2015

The Book NestThe Book Nest is a lovely wee bookstore in Springfield, Oregon. Each week from 12 to 2 p.m., they offer the public an opportunity to have lunch with an area author. Admission is free, but please make a purchase from the lunch venue.

On Thurs., May 21, you can have lunch with a certain Anthony St. Clair, a freelance writer and author of the Rucksack Universe books, a series of travel fantasy novels. (You probably haven’t heard of him, but you never know.)

Below is the full current schedule for Lunch with an Author, so you can check out lunch with lots of other cool area authors. There’s also directions and contact details if you need more information.

February Lunch with an Author

Thurs., Feb. 5: William Senyard, pastor, lecturer, and author of Fair Forgiveness: Finding the Power to Forgive Where You Least Expect It. https://www.facebook.com/cantforgivecom

Thurs., Feb. 12: Robert Young, teacher, writing consultant, and author of multiple books for young people, including The Magic of A.C. Gilbert and Chomp: A Chewer’s Guide to Gum. http://realwriting.us/home/

Thurs., Feb. 19: Johnny Sundstrom, author of Dawn’s Early Light and For Spacious Skies, historical fiction about the American West.

Fri., Feb. 27: Gina Oschner, Corban College professor and author of award-winning short stories and the novel The Russian Dreambook of Colour and Flight. http://www.ginaochsner.com/

March Lunch with an Author

Thurs., March 5: Dave Imus, award-winning cartographer and masterful creator of state, local, and art maps. https://imusgeographics.com/

Fri., March 13: Theo Czuk, musician, poet, songwriter, and author of the western novel Heartscarred. http://tedczuk.com/

Thurs., March 19: Annette Cone, author of With God … on a Tanzanian Safari, a collection of photography and meditations, and Shelley Houston, author of several works of fiction and owner of Just Dust Publishers. http://justdustpublishers.com/books.html

April Lunch with an Author

Thurs., April 2: Carola Dunn, author of more than fifty works of fiction, including the popular Daisy Dalrymple mysteries. http://caroladunn.weebly.com

Thurs., April 9: Sharon Munson, local poet whose work has appeared in numerous publications and several collections. http://www.oregonpoeticvoices.org/poet/111/

Thurs., April 16: Mary E. Lowd, science fiction author, with more than fifty short stories and two novels in print. http://marylowd.com/

April 23 or 24, time TBA: Birthday party for Shakespeare, featuring Shakespearean monologues by Springfield High School drama students.

Thurs., April 30: Steve Hunt, Vice President for Marketing at Corban University and author of the children’s book Alex and the Airplane and the novel Love and Deception: One Family’s Encounter with Dementia.

May Lunch with an Author

Thurs., May 7: Donna McFarland, author of multiple chapter books for young people, including the Purple Elephant series, the Duck and Friends series, and the Sam and the Dragon series. http://duckandfriends.com/

Thurs., May 14: Judy Cox, popular, award-winning author of numerous children’s books, including The Secret Chicken Society and the Tails of Frederick and Ishbu series. http://www.judycox.net/works.htm

Thurs., May 21: Anthony St. Clair, freelance writer, editor, and author of the Rucksack Universe books, a series of travel fantasy novels. http://www.anthonystclair.com/rucksack-universe

Thurs., May 28: Terri Kelley, former elementary and middle school teacher and author of numerous books for children. http://www.terrikelleybooks.com/

June Lunch with an Author

Thurs., June 4: Terry Glaspey, Harvest House editor and author of the Book Lover’s Guide to Great Reading, Not a Tame Lion: The Spiritual Legacy of C.S. Lewis., and his newest volume, The Prayers of Jane Austen. http://harvesthousepublishers.com/authors/terry-glaspey/

Directions to Indulge! Antiques

From Highway 126, take the Mohawk exit. Pass Bi-mart and Dutch Bros. and turn left at the next light. In the parking lot, turn left then go straight back (away from Mohawk), between the two large buildings. Indulge is on the back side of the building on the left, with the entrance facing 18th Street.

Questions and more info?

Contact Amanda Bird
The Book Nest: Fine books, good reading
At: Indulge! Antiques and Fine Interiors
1461 Mohawk Blvd.
Springfield, OR 97477
541-357-6862

(And remember, schedules are subject to change.)

http://Birdsbooks.wordpress.com/


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

Mid-Valley Willamette WritersTrying to figure out how to get writing done in the midst of career, family, life, and other priorities?

The Mid-Valley Chapter of Willamette Writers is hosting an author panel on May 7, 2015. I’ll be one of the authors discussing how we balance our life responsibilities while also managing to make time for writing, editing, publishing, and marketing.

Details below. The discussion will be the main part of the agenda for the monthly meeting of the Mid-Valley Chapter, but the evening is open the public as well as members of Willamette Writers. You can also learn more at the chapter website.

Thurs., May 7, 2015
Tsunami Books
2585 Willamette St.
Eugene, OR 97405
Schedule for the Evening
6:30-7:00 p.m., Social Time and Refreshments
7:00-7:15 p.m., News, Upcoming Events and Member Announcements
7:15-8:30 p.m., Speaker
8:30 p.m., Drawing for Free Gift
8:30-9:00 p.m., Questions and Book Signing
Cost: Chapter meetings are free to members of Willamette Writers and full-time college students. Suggested $10 donation for non-members.

See you there!


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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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