Book Smart: Local authors offer a little holiday spirit
The Oregon Historical Society's 52nd annual Holiday Cheer book sale and literary celebration is set for Sunday, Dec. 8.
About 80 Oregon authors will be on hand at the Historical Society, 1200 S.W. Park Ave. The event begins at noon and authors will be signing until 4 p.m. Admission is free to both the book sale and to visit museum exhibits.
Pacific Northwest authors will be in the museum selling everything from children's books to guidebooks to mysteries to histories. All featured authors have published a book in 2019, though many also will have their backlog of titles available.
Notable local authors in attendance include:
• Children's authors Eric Kimmel, Elizabeth Rusch and Dawn Babb Prochovnic
• Former Oregon Congressman Les AuCoin
• "It's Different Every Day Calendar" creators Brooke Barker and Boaz Frankel
• New York Times best-selling novelist Kristina McMorris
• Oregon's official tour guide, Gerry Frank
• And, the Guinness World Record holder for "oldest performing drag queen," the one and only Darcelle XV (Walter Cole)
Sunday also marks the final day of the museum's exhibit, "Many Shades of Being Darcelle: 52 years of Fashion, 1967-2019." The exhibit features a selection of Darcelle's more than 1,500 extravagant costumes, many made by Cole himself.
To add to the holiday cheer, The Dickens Carolers will stroll through the museum performing lively holiday songs from 1 to 2 p.m. Santa Claus will land his sleigh at the museum for free photos in the popular Meier & Frank Santaland exhibit, featuring a display of items including Rudolph, Santa's throne and a model of the iconic monorail.
Admission to Holiday Cheer is free, and all museum exhibits will be open from noon to 5 p.m., including the exhibit, "Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences during World War II."
View a full list of participating authors at the museum's website.
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