LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Pocket in the Waistcoat: Scenes of Oregon County by RC Marlen
Saturday, December 14, 2019 || 7pm
Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||
RC Marlen will share stories from and about her latest book on Saturday, December 9th, at Book Passage in Corte Madera.
When four girls from the Tillamook and Clatsop People befriended Joseph Gervais, he changed from the cantankerous French-Canadian fur trapper to become an amusing storyteller and hero. One day, he saved a Metis girl from being snatched by a stranger and earned respect from the Chinook and Clatsop Tribes as well as the love of a child who claimed she would become his wife. And she did.
It was a time of turmoil at Fort Astoria: the British and Americans vied for control of the Northwest, yet it was a time of rapport between the native people and the fur trappers. In fact, three daughters of Tyee Koboway, Chief of the Clatsop People, sought to marry white men; however, their Tillamook friend Pocket did not want to marry anyone; she strove to be a shaman and to speak English.
This story tells about the Native People living in the Northwest since time immemorial and how their lives and cultures once were harmonious with the Americans and Canadians.
RC Marlen spent her first forty years in St. Louis, Missouri and completed a degree from University of Missouri. She taught Mathematics and went on to earn a master’s from Webster University. After moving to Los Gatos, California she started a business, teaching adults how to utilize computers in the office, and fell in love with Henry Schele who took her to live in Chile and Argentina for fourteen years. In the year 2000 she finished the manuscript that would become her first three novels and three months later she became a widow.
RC moved to Oregon eager to start research on her fourth book. Not knowing much about the history of Oregon, she began her research in hopes of finding historical characters and events about Salem where she lived. Oregon has such a wealth of exciting history that she was planning her next historical novel before GRIST was completed.
During her years in Oregon, RC Marlen became involved in various events to share her knowledge about Oregon’s history. She often was a docent in the museum at Champoeg State Park, and she assisted other costumed participants in annual events at the State Capitol in Salem, Oregon.