Six authors have registered to attend the 52nd Nescatunga Arts Festival June 2-4 in Percefull Fieldhouse at the Northwestern Oklahoma State University campus in Alva, Oklahoma. The festival will kick off Friday, June 2, from 6-10 p.m. with booths in Percefull Fieldhouse and in the Health and Sports Science small gym. Live entertainment will take place outside on the intramural lawn south of the gym.
Five of the authors attending also attended last year’s festival with one adding author to his list of accomplishments.
Attending will be Nancy Carpenter, who uses the pen name N. Jade Gray, Peggy Chambers, Douglas Davidson, Marie Fox, Elliott Ridgway and Kristy San Soucie.
Carpenter is from Brookline, Missouri, but grew up in this area. Her books include “All for the Love of a Cowboy,” a fiction/historical, time-travel romance; “Raider of Her Heart,” a historical time-travel romance; “Tangled in Tinsel,” a fiction/contemporary Christmas romance; and “Kisses and Lemon Snowflake Cookies,” a fiction-contemporary Christmas romance.
Chambers hails from Enid and is an Enid Writer’s Club and Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc member. This award-winning author has written in several genres from children’s books, young adult books, suspense novels, pulp fiction and comic books, but after much soul-searching, she decided to settle on the mystery/suspense genre going forward—maybe. Her latest book is “Blooming Greed.” Links to all her books are on her website at http://peggylchambers.com. She writes a weekly blog, is available on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BraWars, on Twitter at @authorpeggycham, or on Instagram at champeggy.
Davison lives in Alva and is the research and instructional services librarian and assistant professor of library sciences at NWOSU. He has written three books. His first book was “Jake and the Dynamo - The Wattage of Justice” is an illustrated, action-comedy novel for young adults based on a dream he had. The sequel to this book is “Dead to Rites,” which brings back the two main characters, Dana Volt, the 11-year-old powerhouse, and Jake Blatowski, a befuddled teenager, for more action-packed fun. His latest book is “Rags and Muffin,” which falls in the genre of young adult dark fantasy.
Fox of Alva will have coloring books available that she has created. She also will be bringing items in fine arts and crafts including posters, bookmarks, resin goods, key chains and other items.
Ridgway grew up in Alva but now lives in Tulsa. Ridgway recently published the young adult science fiction novel titled “Randall Turner’s Infinite Summer Vacation.” He’s also entered in the fine arts category of mixed media selling video games he has produced. People also will be able to play the games at his booth.
San Soucie is a fine artist, crafter and author living just across the border in Hardtner, Kansas, and teaches art at South Barber schools in Kiowa, Kansas. She came to this area after growing up in Wilkeson, Washington, an old coal-mining town located at the foothills of Mt. Rainier. She is the author and creator of two coloring books, “Springtime Snails” and “Funky Frogs.” San Soucie also will have on display portraits of people and animals, landscapes and handmade necklaces and earrings. Her students from South Barber also will have a booth in various fine arts categories. San Soucie is the vice president of the Nescatunga Arts and Humanities Council, Inc., and has been helping to plan this year’s festival.