Tonya Macalino will be downtown Hillsboro at Study of Sweets on Saturday, Oct. 6.

COURTESY PHOTO: TONYA MACALINO - The fifth book in Tonya Macalino's series, 'The Curse of the Children,' is now available on Amazon. Local author Tonya Macalino is celebrating the release of her fifth book in her "Gates of Aurona" series, "The Curse of the Children."

The fictional series draws inspiration from Hillsboro's history and tells the story of a family facing fantastical obstacles.

Fans of her work can see her at her history talk in downtown Hillsboro at Study of Sweets on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 2 to 4 p.m.

"The Troyer family (Hannah & Cameron, and their parents Bridget and Antonio) run away to Champoeg State Heritage Area to escape the 3,000-year-old curse that has plagued them and to regroup as a family," Macalino said.

"I came to realize the amazing wealth of history and inspiration and old-fashioned humor that lies in the stories of Hillsboro's founding fathers and mothers," Macalino said. "And I came to see the overwhelming value of sharing those stories. In a time when lives and relationships are transient, people really long for a sense of belonging. Knowing the stories of their forebearers help bring people closer to the town they call home."

Macalino said the book also pays tribute to former Hillsboro Argus newspaperwoman Emma McKinney. She said she'll talk about how McKinney went from being a single mom to an award-winning journalist, and "about the value and need for local journalism today" at the event.

Macalino's books can be purchased on Amazon.

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