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Quartet will appear at the local coffee shop and bookery as part of First Friday ArtWalk on May 6

A quartet of authors will be on hand May 6 at Chapters Books and Coffee to sign their books during First Friday Art Walk.

Julie Bonn Blank, a Forest Grove resident who is the former practice manager at Newberg Veterinary Hospital, will tout her latest book, "Innocent Lives: Guardians of Grace, Book 1," during the event. The tome recently won a BookFest Award and has been nominated to win a Hope PYX International Book Award.COURTESY PHOTO: JULIE BONN BLANK - Author Julie Bonn Blank will sign copies of her latest book, 'Innocent Lives: Guardians of Grace, Book 1,' on May 6 at Chapters Books and Coffee.

"The book is fiction and meant to raise awareness of human trafficking in the USA by following the journeys of Cienna, 14, and Jasmine, 12, who are kidnapped and trafficked," Blank wrote in a press release. "It is adult fiction, due to content, but many youth ages 14 and up have also enjoyed the book."

Accompanying Blank will be authors Donna Hues, Laya Brandt and Jan Rea Johnson.

Hues is an author of historical, romantic fiction "with a touch of suspense," the release said. Her latest works are "Without a Doubt," "Eden Lake" and "Nellie's Quest."

"'Without a Doubt' is based on a dream," Hues said. "I awoke in Maggie's shoes, standing on a balcony, overlooking dear friends dancing in a courtyard below. Next to me stood a handsome man who hoped I would be his bride. Yet, deep inside, there was an ominous feeling that he wished me harm."

Brand is the author of "Evod and the Children of the Star," described in the release as a "juvenile novel highlighting two friends who come from very different backgrounds (Christian and Jewish) and bond while experiencing supernatural visits from a large bird named Evod who sweeps them into ongoing adventures."

The book is the first of five in a series for Laya Brandt, which is a nom de guerre for a woman with a master's degree that writes when she isn't substitute teaching.

Johnson is the fourth author who will be signing her work at Chapter's that evening. Her memoir, "Enter His Gates: A Walk with God," is about Johnson's journey serving as a caregiver for her husband Howard after a brain tumor left him paralyzed and eventually led to his death.

"Included in the book are some of Howard's most insightful and life-changing journal passages as he traveled this road," Johnson, a retired elementary school teacher and drama director, said in the release.

The book signings will continue from 5 to 8 p.m. May 6 at 701 E. First St. For more information, call Chapters at 503-554-0206.


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