By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News
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There’s no charge for this gathering from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the cafe at 110 E. First St.
Somewhere Upriver is the story of Douglas Mortimer, a graduate student pursuing a lifelong dream of becoming a great scientist. When he hires an eccentric old herpetologist as a research assistant, things get strange.
The book “is full of salamanders and frogs and the crazy herpetologists that chase after them,” Loafman noted. And all of this is set nearby: in the Queets rainforest, Forks, Port Townsend and the University of Washington.
Loafman’s own specialty, as a field biologist working in Olympic National Park, is herpetology, aka the study of amphibians and reptiles. A poet as well as a novelist, he gave a reading of Somewhere Upriver earlier this month at the North Coast Writers’ monthly program at Wine on the Waterfront in Port Angeles. He also played the kora, a 21-string African harp that uses a gourd as a resonator.
Copies of Somewhere Upriver will be available at Oven Spoonful and at local bookstores. For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org.