ILWACO, Wash. - Award-winning author Jane Kirkpatrick, who lives on a ranch in rural Eastern Oregon, will autograph copies of her new book, "A Land of Sheltered Promise," from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11 at Time Enough Books as part of Ilwaco's monthly Art Walk.

Based on real people and events, "A Land of Sheltered Promise" is a historical novel that takes place over a century and tells the stories of three women seekers on an infamous ranch near Antelope. The property was known as the Big Muddy Ranch 100 years ago, and in the 1980s, the ranch received acclaim when it was renamed Rajneeshpuram, a commune led by the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Today, the property is a Young Life camp for teens called Wildhorse Canyon.

Kirkpatrick was presented with the 2005 Distinguished Northwest Writer Award by Willamette Writers. Her body of work, 13 novels about the West, are all still in print. A new edition of her first work, "Homestead," her memoir of leaving suburbia with her husband and moving to 160 acres of "rattlesnake and rock" in a remote part of Eastern Oregon, will be reissued with updated text, new photos and a new cover in October.

Time Enough Books is located at 157 Howerton Ave. in Ilwaco. For information, call (360) 642-7667.

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