Small Business Saturday, 2019

Small Business Saturday is the counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. On Small Business Saturday, holiday shoppers are encouraged to patronize locally owned, independent, brick and mortar businesses rather than visiting big box retailers or making purchases via e-commerce. To further promote shopping at brick and mortar stores, in 2013 Sherman Alexie, asked fellow authors to “be a superhero for independent bookstores [and] spend an amazing day hand-selling books at local bookstores.”  Your locally run independent bookstores is more than just a store, it’s a community center passionate about bringing readers and writers together. On Saturday, November 30th  BookPeople of Moscow will host a book signing by local authors.

Be sure to stop by and purchase a book by your favorite author:  Not before. Not after. Not online.

10 AM to 12 PM Featured Authors

Al Halsey

When most everyone fawned over prancing, sparkling vampires, Al toiled away writing about zombies. Fantasy zombies, western zombies, zombies and more zombies. To say that zombies are an obsession of his is an understatement. Very few zombie movies have escaped his cadaverous eye.

A lifelong resident of Lewiston, Idaho, Al graduated from Lewiston High School and Lewis-Clark State College. He spent the last 30 years working with children with emotional and behavioral problems and training other professionals to do the same.  In his free time Al trains in martial arts, tells his rescued cats to get off the counter, and consumes large quantities of Thai food unapologetically. Considered by some to be the neighborhood curmudgeon, he wears this title as a badge of honor.

You can catch up with Al on the Al Halsey Author Page on Facebook, or @AlHalsey1 on Twitter.

Al is the author of:
Hellgate, Montana,
Retributor (Hellgate, Montana Book 2)
Salt Lake City (Hellgate, Montana Book 3)
Mists of the Miskatonic, volume 1
Mist of the Miskatonic, volume 2
The Chronicles of Dorian Christianson: Nephilim
Empires of the Dead: Son of the Sea
Kinemortophobia: Zombie Dreams for Sleepless Nights
Fire Team in Zombies Galore
Goddess in Nightmares and Echoes II
Keeping Score in the Dark Bard

Christine Cohen

Christine was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She spent her formative years roaming evergreen forests with her sister and a stalwart yellow lab, feeding her love of adventure a steady diet of stick forts and slingshots. Now she lives with her husband and three kids in a delightfully rural college town. When she’s not writing, she pursues other creative outlets like baking sweet things and eating more than her share.

Her debut novel, The Winter King, is coming out November 19th.

Connect with her on her social media accounts and at her website
Twitter: @ChristineDCohen
Instagram: christinecohen_author
Facebook: @christinecohenauthor

Guy Worthey

Wyoming native Guy Worthey traded spurs and lassos for telescopes and computers when he decided on astrophysics for a day job. Whenever he temporarily escapes the gravitational pull of stars and galaxies, he writes fiction. He lives in Washington state with his violinist wife Diane. He likes cats and dogs and plays keyboards and bass guitar. His favorite food is called creamed eggs on toast, but once in a while he heeds the siren song of chocolate.

Visit with Guy at his website or on twitter @GuyWorthey ‏.

Guy is the author of:
Ace Carroway and the Great War (Adventures of Ace Carroway, Volume 1)
Ace Carroway Around the World (Adventures of Ace Carroway, Volume 2)
Ace Carroway and the Handsome Devil (Adventures of Ace Carroway, Volume 3)
Ace Carroway and the Growling Death (Adventures of Ace Carroway, Volume 4)
Otherworlds: Anthology of Short Fiction

Jeni Leidenfrost

Jeni is a mother of two and other mother to quite a few. Wife, mother, daughter, friend. She lives in Moscow, Idaho and is constantly in awe of the beauty of the area and the people who live there. Jeni is also quite fond of coffee, writing, reading, listening, learning, laughter and light. And she writes stories for kids!

Check out her website:

Jeni is the author of:
Little Mouse Finds a Friend

12 PM to 2 PM Featured Authors

Mark Ready

Mark Ready is a native of the Lewis-Clark Valley and former small business owner.  Proving that you can teach an old dog new tricks, Mark did not begin writing until age 50.  He emphasizes the mystical, the miraculous, and the mysterious in his Hedwig Books, which are set in Europe during the late seventeen hundreds, when science and learning were encroaching on the word of the church.

Mark is the author of:
Hedwig and the Battle for Human Destiny / A Mother’s Love and a Father’s Journey
Hedwig and the Battle for Human Destiny / Hedwig Comes of Age
The St. Nicholas Day Chase

Mark Rollins

Mark Rollins was born in Seattle, Washington.  After his family moved around to Tampa, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore, he eventually came back to Seattle.   He went to Washington State University and graduated with a B.A. in English.  After college, he began to write skits for church and college groups.

After working at Wal-Mart and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, he decided to devote himself to being a full-time writer.  Since then, he has written for many tech and gadget blogs including,, and many other online journals that have since gone online.  In 2009, he started his own tech and gadget blog known as

He has written six books for Apress, and three of them have been about LEGO.  The Labyrinth House is his first fiction book, and he intends to write more.   He currently lives in Pullman, Washington with his wife and three children.

Mark Rounds

The first book Mark Rounds read, other than “See Spot Run” was “Rocketship Galileo” in the second grade. He was restricted from the library in the third grade because it was such a wondrous place, he forgot to do his “real” homework. Things haven’t changed since then.

Mark is currently teaching at the University of Idaho in MIS. He has published papers on Computer Security and Hacking Motivations. His PhD is from the University of Idaho focusing in Cyber Security.

Mark’s hobbies include Civil War Reenacting, Reading, Folk Guitar, and gourmet cooking. Mark recently published his fourth novel.

Mark is the author of:
Hell is Empty and All the Devils are Here
At this Hour, Lie at the Mercy of All Mine Enemies
This Thing of Darkness I Acknowledge Mine
Commonality Games

Sanan Kolva

Sanan Kolva is a Pullman native and writer of fantasy. She is the author of The Chosen of the Spears series, an epic fantasy; the Silverline Chronicles, a steampunk-style fantasy; as well as short stories featured in multiple anthologies.

She can be found at

Sanan is the author of:
Shrouded Sky
Thorns in the Shadow
Horseshoes, Hand Grenades, and Magic: Where Close Counts
Pulling Up Stakes: A CampCon Anthology
Hoofbeats: Flying with Magical Horses
Steam. And Dragons.

2 PM to 4 PM Featured Authors

Dave Ackley

David grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska and raised a family in Juneau.  His professional career there included both fisheries biometrics and management positions with the state and federal governments. David is now retired and living in northern Idaho, where he began a small business in lutherie – building guitars, Irish bouzoukis, and ukuleles ( While his wife was conducting research during a recent stint in India, he devoted time to trying to improve his Tamil and writing fiction to escape the heat of mid-day. Finding himself unable to multi-task easily, the lutherie business has flagged somewhat while he gets some stories out of his head.  Please visit the Rain and Breeze Books website,, for more information about David and his books.

Dave is the author of:
The Patent Clerk’s Violin
The Language of Equals

Elizabeth Alix
Elizabeth R. Alix has always been fascinated by ghosts and ghost stories, probably because she grew up in a 200-year-old house. She has a degree in archaeology and spent several summers camping and digging on remote Aleutian Islands. Born and raised in the Hudson Valley of New York, she has been an archaeologist, teacher, researcher, editor, and taxi mom. Now she lives in a formerly haunted farmhouse in Washington State with her husband and two old cats. She loves the process of writing and developing fiction and runs workshops at SF conventions in the Northwest.
Connect with her at PalouseDigitalPress, sign up for her newsletter, and follow her on Instagram @elizabethralix.
“Dreams of Fire” is the first in a five book series, The Maple Hill Chronicles, that features ghosts, romance, and magic.

Joleen Michelle

Joleen Michellie started writing her ‘jobooks’ as a single mom of two wonderful kids in Orange County, California. Most people call her Joleen, however her family and closest friends all call her Jo— hence the name “Jo Books”. Joleen was born in San Luis Obispo in February of 1982 (Central Coast of California). There, she had the opportunity of being surrounded by the culture of a laid back country lifestyle mixed with the down town hustle of the artsy college community. In 2012 she relocated to the Palouse area and began illustrating and eventually publishing the books she’d started years before in California.

You can learn more about Joleen on her author page at

Timothy Jones

The Weight of Flesh is the debut novel of Timothy L Jones. He is a disabled veteran who has earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Sierra Nevada College and is a husband, and a father of five living in the Palouse. In addition, he has placed short stories, and won 1st place in the 2016 Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards.

Visit his author page at

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