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Announcing the release date for WANDER, the next Rucksack Universe novel

Wander - The next Rucksack Universe adventure awaits

The new can’t-miss Rucksack Universe prequel novel

Oct. 16, 1834

The explosion that comes to be known as The Blast burns across Ireland and England. The fires alter the course of history. A new era begins: “AB” or, “After Blast.”

Oct. 19, 1834

After failing at his most crucial moment, a burned and broken hero collapses into the void between living and dying, and is lost to the world he spent his life protecting.

Oct. 19, AB 100

A hundred years later, a wanderer falls between worlds. A wounded hero wakes. A guardian pursues a shadow covering all things in darkness. Their story is the story of Wander.

And on Fri., Oct. 19, 2018…

Wander will be released worldwide in e-book and trade paperback.

Follow the Black Road. A hostel in Morocco. The hills at the western edge of Ireland. The Irish Sea. A London rebuilding. The Black Cliffs of Dover at the southeastern edge of England. Wander will take you on an adventure like nothing you’ve encountered yet in the Rucksack Universe—or anywhere else.

This can’t-miss Rucksack Universe prequel novel sets in motion a speculative fiction series of myth, adventure, and intrigue. Library Journal says the series has “universe building reminiscent of Terry Pratchett,” and readers say they love the Rucksack Universe’s unique combination of “quirk, wit, travel, and magic.”

A Rucksack Universe Novel
Available worldwide Oct. 19 in e-book and trade paperback

Pre-orders and more details coming soon.

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2 new author events

Join Anthony St. Clair 2 events in Oregon

Heya fans and readers, I’ve got 2 new events on the calendar. Please check them out, spread the word, and I hope to see you there!

You know how sometimes things come together in the most unexpected ways?

Earlier this year I made arrangements to attend a writer business workshop in late October in Lincoln City, Oregon. A few weeks ago, Lincoln City’s Driftwood Public Library emailed me. They saw my interview in Library Journal and invited me to give a talk as part of their Dark & Stormy Nights Author Program. And the date? Right when I’m already in town. Funny ole world.

Thurs., Oct. 26, 2017: Dark & Stormy Nights at Driftwood Public Library

On the stormy Oregon coast, join author and freelance writer Anthony St. Clair for insights on how travel, beer, and an outlook for the world have come together in his ongoing Rucksack Universe series. Anthony discusses his craft, how he writes while raising 2 children, and his ongoing journey as an author-publisher. Sponsored by the Driftwood Library Foundation, this is the 14th year Lincoln City’s Driftwood Public Library has presented their Dark and Stormy Night author program.

Dark & Stormy Nights – Facebook Event

Driftwood Public Library, Lincoln City, OR

Thurs., Jan. 4, 2018: Mid-Valley Willamette Writers Author Talk, Tsunami Books, Eugene, Oregon

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. Author Talk by Anthony St. Clair
8:30 p.m. Drawing for Free Gift
8:30-9:00 p.m. Questions and Book Signing

Free to Willamette Writers members or $10 general public. You can also join Willamette Writers at the door.

Mid-Valley Willamette Writers Author Talk – Facebook Event

Read Local! Book launch party Aug. 25, 2016, Tsunami Books, Eugene

Read Local - 4-author book launch party, Aug. 25, Tsunami Books, Eugene, OR

4 books… 4 authors… 1 party!

Celebrate the release of 4 books from 4 local authors:

There’s no obligation to buy books, we just want to pack one of Eugene’s best independent bookstores with support! There will also be…

  • Readings
  • Live music from Willamette String Collective
  • Giveaways
  • Author Q&A
  • Refreshments and more!

Cost: Free

Where: Tsunami Books,

2585 Willamette St, Eugene, OR

When: Thursday, August 25, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

See you there and spread the word!

Tell us you’re going and tell your friends

Book Release Special Announcement Apr. 8, 2016

Going ‪#‎live‬! Join me tomorrow, Apr. 8, at 10 a.m. PT, at my Facebook author page for a special video announcement about my upcoming fourth book, THE LOTUS AND THE BARLEY! (And please share)

Source: Anthony St. Clair on Facebook

MystiCon, Feb. 26-28, 2016, Roanoke, VA


One of the Southeast US’s top science fiction and fantasy conventions returns for a sold-out year! I’ll be appearing at Roanoke, VA’s MystiCon, alongside some fantastic names:

As a co-signer of author John Scalzi’s Convention Harassment Policy, I’m also glad that MystiCon has a good behavior and harassment policy in place.

I can hardly wait for this event. If you’ve already gotten your MystiCon ticket, I’ll see you there. If not, I’m afraid the convention recently sold out of all its tickets.

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!

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

Click to see full OWC event details

Click to see full OWC event details

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!

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 ( or CC BY 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Sir Terry Pratchett, Discworld author, 1948–2015. © Luigi Novi / Wikimedia Commons. Luigi Novi [CC BY 3.0 ( or CC 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:

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
Event page
For more information, call 541-946-7252

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

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

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

Rachael’s Facebook Page

Twitter: @EraOfDragons


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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