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Boldly Going Nowhere

Thursday, September 12, 2002

Arts Fair on the Hill

On Saturday, Sept. 14, the second annual Arts Fair on the Hill will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fountain Place in Cherokee Village. This is not an arts and crafts show, but rather an occasion promoting the finer arts. In case of a rainout, it will be held the following Saturday.

Artists associated with Thursday Painters, the Main Street Gallery, the Lone Tree Gallery, the Strawberry River Art Association and other area organizations will exhibit and sell their work. Musicians, including the Northeast Ozark Community Band, will provide entertainment. The Shriners will assist with parking and shuttle visitors to the grounds using golf carts. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will also assist.

There will be a silent auction of artwork and other items contributed by local businesses. KAIT (Channel 8) in Jonesboro has been approached by the sponsors and may send a crew to do a feature on the festivities.

In conjunction with the event, Cherokee Village Lutheran Church (adjacent to Fountain Place) is holding its annual Brat Fest from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the main dining room of Fountain Place. There will also be a popcorn machine, lemonade stand, cookie booth and so forth on the premises.

Most importantly, at least as far as I'm concerned, will be the book signings by various authors, including Barbara Massie, Harvey Mendez, Christine Lynxwiler, Altha Murphy, Nancy Steinbeck and a local newspaper columnist who has a reputation for boldly going nowhere. Nancy Steinbeck, with her late husband, co-authored The Other Side of Eden about her father-in-law, John Steinbeck.

Born in 1902, John Steinbeck produced many extraordinary novels, including such classics as The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden and Of Mice and Men. He once wrote: "Man, unlike any other thing organic or inorganic in the universe, grows beyond his work, walks up in the stairs of his concepts, emerges ahead of his accomplishments."

Being an organic thing in the universe and having obviously emerged ahead of my accomplishments, primarily because I have no noticeable accomplishments, I, too, am an author of many extraordinary novels. I'm certain they're extraordinary because nothing I ever do is ordinary.

I'll be at the Arts Fair on the Hill, my first ever book-signing adventure. My four novels come in four different colors and have four different flavors. For those who care about such things, none of them has any profane language or sexual explicitness. They do however contain my unique perspective of existence, with a heavy dose of weirdness and a subtle dash of wisdom. My novels are:

The Dogman of Topanga -- Romantic suspense/thriller. A newspaper crime reporter uncovers a grave national conspiracy and goes into seclusion to put the story together, where her only neighbor is an enigmatic man who lives in a cave with an ever-growing pack of dogs. Soon thereafter someone wants her dead.

Goomba in Montana -- Coming-of-age suspense/thriller. When a formidable stranger begins romancing his widowed mother, a 20-year-old boy must survive a dark passage into manhood.

A Bad Run of Fate -- Psychological mystery. Gold prospectors in modern-day Arizona learn of a lost cache of gold and become one-by-one victims of a serial killer called the Lord of the Wings.

The Eleventh Sage -- Metaphysical mystery. A head injury propels a man into another realm where he becomes an enlightened monk and discovers he was Wild Bill Hickok in a previous life. Another head injury sends him back into his current life, of which he has no memory, where he is being charged with murder.

Come early and buy a couple of my books. You will then become one of the few people on the planet Earth who has something, other than an IOU, with my signature on it.