Author to read from latest novel in Port Angeles tonight

Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — Jim Fisher, who recently retired from Peninsula College’s English Department, will read selections from his latest novel, Happy Valley, USA, tonight.

The free reading will be at 7 p.m. at Wine on the Waterfront, 115 Railroad Ave.

Fisher will the first presenter for the 2014-2015 reading series sponsored by North Coast Writers.

Copies of Happy Valley, USA will be available at the reading. They also can be ordered from

Happy Valley, USA is set in the fictional German-American town of Himmelberg.

It tells of the relationship among Frank, a Catholic; Carl, a Lutheran; and Jonathan, who is Jewish. The three once attended the same grade school.

Sometimes painfully, Frank, a deeply conscientious and religious man, learns how oblivious he has been to the prejudices that sully Happy Valley, an area that he has regarded as idyllic.

Fisher, who grew up in California, received his doctorate from the University of Southern California. His master’s is from California State University at Long Beach.

He moved to the North Olympic Peninsula after retiring from Proctor & Gamble and began a second career as an English instructor at Peninsula College.

During his teaching career, Fisher directed the reading series instituted by Peninsula College instructor Kate Reavey.

Eventually, he turned these duties over to North Coast Writers, which continues the tradition of presenting free monthly readings.

In addition to Happy Valley, USA, Fisher has published Granny May Have Been a Vampire, The Adventures of JR Engels in the Great Pacific Northwest and Genesis of Love.

He also has published two volumes of poetry: See Spot Smile and Around the World on a Metaphor.

Last modified: September 01. 2014 6:37PM
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