Books and Brews

Join us to celebrate the successes of our local writers! Books & Brews is FREE, family-friendly, and open to the public. This event is an opportunity for the public to meet and greet local authors in a festive book fair atmosphere. Hunga Dunga Brewing Company is the beverage provider and non-alcoholic options will be available. Winners of the Palouse Writers Guild annual writing contests will be announced at 6:30 pm.

Date: Saturday, June 18, 2022
Time: 5 pm to 8 pm
Location: 1912 Center, 412 East Third St., Moscow, Idaho.

The 25 participating authors and illustrators listed below have their work appearing in over 100 titles!

Participating Authors

Annette Bay Pimentel*

Annette Bay Pimentel writes true stories about real people for kids. She is the author of All the Way to the Top: How One Girl’s Fight for Americans with Disabilities Changed Everything (Sourcebooks: 2020), which was a Junior Library Guild selection; Girl Running (Nancy Paulsen Books: 2018), which received a Kirkus starred review and was a Junior Library Guild selection; Mountain Chef (Charlesbridge: 2016), which received the Carter G. Woodson Award; and the Do You Really Want to Meet a Dinosaur? series (Amicus: 2016-2020), which was an NSTA recommended title. She is represented by Andrea Brown Literary. She is the assistant regional adviser to the Inland Northwest Region of the SCBWI. She lives with her husband and her children who haven’t yet flown the coop in Moscow, Idaho.

Learn more at: My Books – Annette Bay Pimentel

*Workshop Presenter

Carrie Stuart Parks*

Carrie Stuart Parks is a multi-Christy, Carol, Golden Scroll, and Inspy award-winning author in addition to numerous other awards. She’s currently penning her tenth novel for HarperCollins Christian/Thomas Nelson. An internationally known forensic artist, she teaches courses in forensic art to law enforcement professionals across the US and Canada. Carrie is a popular speaker and presenter and has been the Special Guest at the Writer’s Police Academy, Early Bird Special Presenter along with Frank Peretti at the American Christian Fiction Writers, Keynote at the Oregon Christian Writer’s Conference, as well as presented at ThrillerFest, Daphne Du Maurier’s Kiss of Death, BlueRidge Mountain Christian Writer’s Conference, and numerous other conferences. As a professional fine artist, her paintings hang in a number of corporate and private collections. She has written and illustrated best-selling non-fiction art books for North Light Publishers.

Learn more at: Carrie Stuart Parks, Artist, Author – Home 

*Workshop Presenter

Dana Chandler

Dana Chandler was raised in the mountains of Northern Idaho. She, along with her twin sister and three other siblings, spent most summer exploring the back county of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. During the winter, besides skiing, she spent most of her time writing imaginative stories. Chandler graduated from Washington State University with a B.A. in Education/Special Education and then a M.A. in Administration, Curriculum, and Instruction from Gonzaga university. She has served as a respected teacher and principal for more than 25 years.

Chandler co-founded KD Resources, from which several books are published. She and her sister, Kari Lineberry, collaborated with Barbara Altman in order to accurately document the life of Lilian Barbar Huffman in the newest novel, Lil. In addition, Chandler has written When the World Shakes; A Personal Account of the 2011 Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami. 

Learn more at: HOME | KD Resources

David Ackley

David Ackley grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska and raised a family in Juneau, Alaska. His professional career was as a biometrician and fisheries manager for both the state and federal government in Alaska. He has a master’s degree in Chinese Language and Literature from Wisconsin and in Fisheries Science from the University of Alaska. David retired in 2007 and has been building musical instruments since then. He began writing fiction in 2014.

Learn more at: Rain and Breeze Books – An independent author/publisher 

Diane Worthey

Diane Worthey is the author of In One Ear and Out the Other: Antonia Brico’s Amazingly Musical Life, a girl-power book about the first woman to conduct the New York Philharmonic. Diane is a member of the SCBWI and the Moscow, Idaho SCBWI critique group. Diane has taught hundreds of private students to play violin and viola through the Suzuki Method. She currently teaches for the University of Idaho Preparatory String Division and performs in the first violin section of the Washington-Idaho Symphony. She lives in Pullman, Washington.

Learn more at: Diane Worthey – CHILDREN’S BOOK AUTHOR 

Elizabeth Alix

Elizabeth R. Alix grew up in a 200-year-old house, giving her a life-long fascination with ghosts and ghost stories. She has been an archeologist, teacher, researcher, editor, and taxi mom. Now, she lives on the Palouse in a formerly haunted house, writing, doing archeology, and spending time with family and friends.

Learn more at: Palouse Digital Press | Celebrating authors from the Inland Northwest 

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.

Learn more at: Guy Worthey – Author of the Ace Carroway Series 

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!

Learn more at: Illustrated Children’s Book – Little Mouse Family 

Jessica Linn Evans*

Jessica Linn Evans is an author-illustrator and SCBWI member. Her illustrations are rendered with traditional media including watercolor, graphite, and ink. Her debut picture book, Penguin Sets Sail, was released May 2020 from Canonball Books and Rainstorm Publishing. She has also illustrated Waiting Through Winter by Jason Farley (Jovial Press, 2015), Little Mouse Finds A Friend by Jeni Leidenfrost (Jovial Press, 2017), and Solar The Polar by Kim Constantinesco (MacLaren-Cochrane, 2017). Jessica is an elementary school art teacher, a school librarian, and a high school volleyball coach. She lives in the beautiful state of Idaho with her husband, her four delightful children, and a bunny named Bucky.

Learn more at: jessica linn evans – author/illustrator 

*Workshop Presenter

John Sangster

John Sangster writes from experience. He spent nearly fifty years firefighting, some of it as a paid wildland fire fighter, most as a volunteer fire fighter. He received his Bachelor of Science in Forestry, Fire Management degree, in 1974. During his schooling, he authored a few studies for the Fire Lab in Missoula, Montana, and authored a thesis on the use of remotely piloted vehicles in firefighting. While a volunteer fire fighter, John worked as a sales manager for a mail order business, and eventually started his own computer repair business. After a number of deaths in John’s extended family, he decided to update his notes and recollections of various fires he had been on over the years. With some inspirational words from famous author John Maclean, and the use of his editor, John was able to publish his book entitled Salmon River Fire: 30 Years An Idaho Fire Fighter, which came out in 2016. John and Cindy, his wife of 46 years, live in Grangeville, Idaho. They have two children, four grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

Learn more at: HOME – Prometheus’ Gift ( 

Julie Bergman

Julie Bergman is a retired military veteran who served her country for over 20 years. She lives in beautiful Spokane, Washington with her supportive husband, 4 wonderful children and a slobbery Olde English Bulldog with attitude. After over 17 years in the JAG Corp and a master’s degree in Forensic Psychology, her fascination with crime and the dark side of humanity has spilled into a military based serial killer novel/series that you won’t be able to put down.

Learn more at: S & J Publishing / Author Julie Bergman ( 

Kari Lineberry

Kari Lineberry was raised in the mountains of Northern Idaho. She, along with her twin sister and three other siblings, spent most summer exploring the back county of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. During the winter, besides skiing, she spent most of her time writing imaginative stories.

Lineberry received her ordination from the Pentecostal Church of God with an emphasis on women and children advocacy. She co-founded KD Resources, from which several books are published. She and her sister, Dana Chandler, collaborated with Barbara Altman in order to accurately document the life of Lilian Barbar Huffman in the newest novel, Lil. In addition, she is the author of the Backpacker Bob series of children’s book: Raging Waters, Creature in the Woods, and Fire! Fire! She has been a respected educator and pastor for more than 30 years.

Learn more at: HOME | KD Resources 

Kari Rimbey

After growing up in Walla Walla, Washington, Kari Rimbey married and moved with her husband to Anchorage Alaska. Eventually settling in the Palouse region of eastern Washington, she spent the majority of her time raising three girls, serving in teen ministry, and facilitating an adults apologetic’s class.  She is currently the story lady for a weekly children’s ministry, where she attempts to mesmerize up to forty K-2nd graders, and volunteers as a creative writing instructor.

In 2017, six years after remodeling a 100-year- old commercial building and opening a coffee shop, Kari received a Writer’s Digest award for a short story. Several months before the marriage of her youngest daughter, Kari published her first novel. Now a grandmother, she is out of the coffee business and pursuing a career as a fiction writer.

Learn more at: Kari Rimbey – Short Stories & Fiction Novels

Kerry Schafer*

Kerry Schafer is a firm believer in writing what she loves and has gleefully reveled in fantasy, paranormal mystery, magical realism, and women’s fiction (written as Amazon Charts and Washington Post bestselling author Kerry Anne King). To date, she has published twelve books and her work has been translated into four different languages.

Born and raised in Canada, Kerry has been successfully transplanted into US soil and has lived in Washington for twenty-five years. In addition to writing, Kerry is the founder of Author Genie, through which she provides writer mindset coaching, online classes, and virtual assistant services. She has also been active in the podcasting community and is currently the host of Taming the TBR. When not absorbed in creative pursuits, you’ll find Kerry hanging out with her real-life Viking on their little piece of heaven just outside Colville, Washington.

Learn more at: Books by Kerry Schafer — All Things Kerry 

*Workshop Presenter

Lars Mooresmith

Lars Konrad Mooresmith grew up rambling with his brother and a dog over the rolling hills outside a sleepy town in the Inland Northwest. He graduated from college with a degree in neuroscience and it was a no-brainer for him to continue in graduate school. In addition to noveling, he writes poetry and short fiction ranging from humorous to darkly incisive.

He currently lives in the Greater Boston area juggling graduate work, writing, punning, and sleep.

Learn more at: Mooresmith Books 

Laura Morgan

Laura L. Morgan is a middle school English Language Arts teacher in Lewiston, Idaho. She has been married to her fellow adventurer, Trent, for thirty-three years, and has three daughters, three sons-in-law, and six grandchildren. She loves family adventures in God’s beautiful creation: hiking, boating, hunting, camping, and fishing. Her hobbies include reading, writing, and photography. She lives on a semi-farm with many animals, rabbits being her favorite, and enjoys the time she is able to spend in the last frontier of Alaska.

Learn more at: HOME | Laura L Morgan ( 

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.

Learn more at: Mark my Words and Stories ( 

Neil Presley Cox

Neil Presley Cox wrote Hope Lines after helping people as a family law and criminal defense lawyer for 27 years. He has a wife and three children, and me hams his home in the Lewison-Clarkston Valley.

Learn more at: Neil Presley Cox – Reaching for the Hope 

Sanan Kolva*

Sanan Kolva is the author of the epic fantasy The Chosen of the Spears series and a steampunk fantasy series The Silverline Chronicles. Her short fiction appears in a number of anthologies. She works as a technical editor for an engineering firm and is a native of Eastern Washington. When not writing, she enjoys baking and decorating cakes, and appeasing her feline overloads.

Learn more at: Sanan Kolva – Fine Fantasy, Baked Fresh Daily 

*Workshop Presenter

Stuart Scott

Stuart Scott and his wife, Sue, moved to Moscow, Idaho for his job with the Federal Probation and Parole Service in October 1980.  He founded the Camas Prairie Winery in the fall of 1983 in his garage and ran the winery until he sold it in 2011.  Stu retired from the federal service in Sept 1998.  After retiring, he still worked part-time as a Protective Services Agent and body-guard until 9/11/01. Much of his writing has been influenced by his work in federal law enforcement.  His book, Gritty, Grisly and Greedy: Crimes and Characters Inspired by 20 Years as a Fed includes stories of crimes committed in the Inland Northwest, including some crimes committed here on the Palouse.

T.J. Tranchell*

T.J. Tranchell was born on Halloween, has worked as a journalist, horror movie columnist, haunted house monster, college instructor, and other less glamorous jobs. Tranchell has his master’s degree in literature from Central Washington University with, naturally, a focus on the horror genre. Tranchell published his first novel, “Cry Down Dark,” through Blysster Press in 2016. In 2017, Blysster released a collection of short stories, poetry, and film criticism titled “Asleep in the Nightmare Room.” 2020 saw the release of a second collection, “The Private Lives of Nightmares,” followed soon by his second novel “Tell No Man,” which he published under his imprint LAST DAYS BOOKS. He has also published horror short fiction and was co-editor of GIVE: An Anthology of Anatomical Entriesa dark fiction anthology from When the Dead Books. He is a rising star among horror scholars, having presented work on Stephen King at the Popular Culture Association’s national conference, and in 2021 at the Ann Radcliffe Conference on the “Great American Horror Novel.” He currently teaches English at a community college in Washington state.

Learn more at: T.J. Tranchell ( 

*Workshop Presenter

Trina Webb

Trina Webb grew up on the Nez Perce Reservation in Lapwai, Idaho, before studying Professional Chemistry at the University of Idaho.  After graduating, she spent time in North Carolina, and Nevada, before moving home to be closer to her family and her cultural home.  Trina now works for the Nez Perce tribe as a Language Technician, and has used her skills to illustrate two traditional short stories to teach the Nez Perce language to kids of all ages: Támsoy káa ‘alatálo: A Nez Perce Story and Pálx̣c káa héey’uxc: A Nez Perce Story.

Learn more at: nimipuutímt – ’iníit – Home (

Trish McCallan*

Trish McCallan is the Amazon bestselling author of gritty, action driven romantic suspense. She is a three-time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s RITA award (RWA’s award of excellence) as well as an RWA honor roll alumni for three individual titles, surpassing 100,000 copies sold each. For the past ten years she’s made a good living off a sporadic publishing schedule.

Learn more at: Author Trish McCallan 

*Workshop Presenter

Voss Foster*

Voss Foster lives in the middle of the Eastern Washington desert, where he writes sci-fi and fantasy from inside a single-wide trailer. His writing focuses on dark, political, and social themes, and always has a slant toward diversity and inclusion. He is the author of the Evenstad Media Presents series and the Office of Preternatural Affairs series. His short work is wide and varied and has been featured by and alongside timeless classics in Heroic Fantasy. He’s also been featured in the breakout Alternative Truths series of anthologies and is also the author of Write Short Fiction that Sells, a guide for short story writers.

Learn more at: Voss Foster – Fantasy Author – Home of Fantasy Author Voss Foster 

*Workshop Presenter

William Engels

William C. Engels was born in Seattle, Washington and spent his childhood throughout the U.S. and in three European countries–Germany, Italy, and Greece. He received his B.A. from the University of Arkansas and M.A. and Ph.D. from Saint Louis University, all in English Literature. He taught for eleven years in Mongolia and South Korea, and six years in Bangladesh, where he also served as a school principal. He currently tutors part-time at the Graduate Writing Center at WSU in Pullman.

Winners of the Palouse Writers Guild writing contests will be announced promptly at 6:30 pm. Entries and judges score sheets will be available for pick-up after winners are announced.  Any entries not picked up the night of the event will be destroyed.


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