2018 Pacific Northwest Book Award Nominees

Scott West and Eileen Zobrist reading on September 16

Join us for a reading with local authors Scott West and Eileen Zobrist on Saturday, September 16th, 2017 at 6pm. Scott West will be reading from his new book, Ghosts on the Highway.


About Ghosts on the Highway:

Lost in the desert, alone and off his meds, John Kalama just wants to get back to what's left of his family—his grandfather, Daryl Redbear and sister, Jesse—on the Nisqually Reservation in the Pacific Northwest. But on his journey he is pursued by demons, plagued by spirits and mocked by an arrogant raven. Unsure if these visions are real or the effect of withdrawal symptoms, will they help or hinder his quest for familial reconciliation and an acceptance of his cultural heritage? Chuck Bradley is a man tormented by demons of his own. Endlessly driving across the country, hoping to outrace his own past and appease his guilty conscience, his life as a loner comes to a screeching halt when his path crosses with John's. Together the two of them confront their deepest fears and test the bonds of friendship as the highway carries them through a landscape more alive than either had previously realized.

“This is a classic road trip novel, full of character development and emotional growth, all tied together with a thread of Pacific Northwest atmosphere and mystical traditions. The environment is a character in and of itself, from the dusty roads of Nevada to the rain-soaked forests of Washington. There are plenty of twists and turns along the way, and true and honest reflection from all the characters. My favorite part is the actual legends and stories that inspired the story. A great read!” -K.I. Hope, author of Hector, This Is Not A Flophouse and We Are Making The World A Better Place

About the authors:

Scott West is a writer/musician living in Olympia, WA. Having grown up in Washington state since the age of three, many of his works incorporate the inherent strangeness and mythologies of the region. He has had short fiction published in Tales of the Talisman magazine and the anthology, Corpus Pretereo. Ghosts on the Highway is his first published novel and is working on his second. He has been asked to contribute a story to the third volume of the Uncertainties anthology to be published by Swan River Press in Dublin, Ireland next year. He has played, been banned from or shut down many venues throughout the northwest with his bands, Tall Toad, King Dinosaur and Rodeo Kill.

Eileen Zobrist is the author of Utopia, Oregon. She was born and raised in the Northwest and has worked in libraries for 20 years. She established and lead a writing group, The South Beach Writers, which is a vibrant writer’s support group that has been active since November 2012. Eileen is an independent publisher with Pink Curtain Press and has published five books for other authors, including her own, Utopia, Oregon. You can find all these books at www.pinkcurtainpress.com. Eileen currently teaches classes about writing memoirs and other topics of interest for authors. She established and organized a writing retreat, "Bundle up and Write", a weekend retreat which included classes and workshops for authors.

Event date: 
Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
509 E 4th Ave
Olympia, WA 98501