L. Wade Powers has published books and articles in the fields of medical technology, ecology, marine biology, and animal behavior under the name Lawrence W. Powers, PhD. He authored a critique of The Winter of Our Discontent for The Steinbeck Review and several articles for the Oregon Encyclopedia Online. He is a contributing editor for the Journal of the Shaw Historical Library and served as creative nonfiction editor for Timberline Review for two years.
As L. Wade Powers, he has published five novels, The Home (2017), The Party House (2019), New Albion Sunset (2020), The Sagebrush Hotel Tontine (2021), and SurrogaCity (2022). He has two collections of short stories: Falling in Love and Other Misadventures (2019) and Confronting the Boundaries (2020) and a third collection slated for 2023. A revised edition of The Home was published by Luminare Press in November 2019. New Albion Sunset, his first historical fiction, is based on fifteen years of research on Francis Drake and his 1579 visit to the West Coast of North America. A retired professor of natural sciences, Larry lives in Eastern Oregon with his wife, Alla. He is a member of the Northwest Association Independent Writers Association (NIWA) and Willamette Writers. For further information about the author and his works, and comments on other writers and books, please visit lwadepowers.com.
Titles by L. Wade Powers
I started reading at five. I love all forms and genres of literature and devour books with relish and, sometimes, mustard. I especially enjoy coming-of-age stories, whether for younger or older adults, and works that bend the boundaries between reality and fantasy, such as tales surrounding lucid dreams. Among my favorite authors are John Steinbeck, Margaret Atwood, Annie Proulx, Ray Bradbury, Karen Russell, and David Mitchell. Of course, there are so many others. Telling stories is pure pleasure but telling them well is work. I hope to continue working for many years to come, spinning the webs, dreaming the fantasies, searching for the right words to illuminate the characters and events of my imagination. Thank you for considering my work.
The Gristmill Mistress
Flights of Fancy (Short Stories and More)
Released: May 2023
Genre: Short StoriesIn this eighth offering by L. Wade Powers, readers will be tantalized by a kaleidoscope of stories, essays, and poems, including the titular “The Gristmill Mistress,” a tale of a scandalous affair between an apprentice mill worker and the married son of a Virginia town founder during the 1800s.
In “The Game is On,” a one-act play set at a poker elimination tournament, the stakes are higher than the players can possibly imagine, and in “Cat-a-Rack” role playing can be fun, educational, and dangerous, especially when the setting is a dungeon. Let the charming professor and beautiful librarian show you how the game is played.
“Dance Like the Greeks” is a travel memoir set on Evia, where dancing is the key to a long and happy life. Opa! Do you believe in dragons? You will, you will.
These and many more delights in The Gristmill Mistress are your ticket to a flight of fancy: tales of imagination and everyday relationships, accounts of daring doings, and predictable failures.
Perfect Societies Require Perfect Humans
Released: December 2022
Genre: Science Fiction
In the year 2042, megacities are ruled by women, the International Progressive Gynocracy (IPG), after a global pandemic sterilizes over 98 percent of the men. Selected fertile men reside in sequestered androdomes or male harems. Freemen groups living outside of SurrogaCity support reproductive freedom and resist the IPG with the help of artificial humans. Political conflicts within the IPG result in military confrontations. Artificial insemination and the prospect of parthenogenetic reproduction threaten the future existence of human males.
The Sagebrush Hotel Tontine
A Tale of Treasure and Treachery
Released: October 2021
In 1957, a long-buried cache of miner’s gold (doré) bars are found and hidden by a few people in the high desert town of Sagebrush. It is illegal to possess gold bullion and the small group, many of them enthusiastic poker players at the local hotel, attempt to dispose of the trove via shady contacts. They form a tontine, a survivorship agreement over the next twenty years to share the assets. In 1977, the gold bullion, now legal, is worth millions of dollars.
A dead pool is a list of people expected to fail or die. There is no clear distinction between it and a tontine if any participants have bad intentions.
New Albion Sunset
Drake's Lost English Outpost in North America, 1579
In 1579, Francis Drake anchors in the Pacific Northwest after raiding the New World Spanish empire. He leaves a ship, twenty men, and a fortune in silver when he crosses the Pacific to complete his voyage around the world. The fate of the men, defenders of the New Albion claim for England, are missing from historic accounts.After attacks by natives and a shipwreck, the survivors seek the help of friendly tribes to survive and wait for a promised return by Drake to fortify the fledgling colony. External threats abound, as do internal dissensions over religion, leadership, and attempts to reunite with Drake and the Golden Hinde. Based on years of research, this novel is set in British Colombia, Washington, and Oregon, providing an alternative interpretation of the traditional history.
Confronting the Boundaries
Short Stories, Real and Unreal
Genre: Short fiction collection
Everyday life is full of challenges. Meet Starlight Bernie, an old man alone on a train; Fig Newton, a boy with a peculiar hobby; the Pizza Kid and his dog Rainbow, struggling to forget; the woman in the shroud; a professor who investigates a futuristic love store; a man who wants to end the world as we know it; and many more. Included in these twenty stories, four poems, and three photo-essays are problems with family relationships, trials in dating and mating rituals, the perils of growing up, observations on social communication and miscommunication, and overcoming inevitable tragedies. And beyond the real, the ordinary and expected? There are places and times where the boundaries shift and limits are less well defined. For more information visit www.lwadepowers.com
One Year in a Children's Institution
In the mid 1950s, teenage culture emerges, rock ‘n roll arrives, and Walt, a naive introverted thirteen-year old, enters an institution for children of working mothers and foster home transfers. The dormitory environment accelerates the adolescent development of the residents and exaggerates their social interactions as group loyalty challenges individual integrity. Walt adapts and survives in a semi-isolated world of triumphs and tragedies, including communal retaliation, sexual awakening, junior high exploits, and a growing awareness of a nostalgic-laden future. What is family and what is a home? The answers are as varied as the characters of The Home.
The Party House: Texas Gulf Coast Schemes and Dreams
Texas Gulf Coast Schemes and Dreams
On the Texas Gulf Coast in the 1970s, a tavern named “The Party House” hosts an eclectic clientele of hippies, rednecks, tourists, local islanders, and others, along with their schemes, dreams, and relationships. Into the craziness steps Pete, a serious graduate student arriving on the island to conduct research on crab behavior. He quickly succumbs to the drinking, dancing, gambling, and intimacies associated with the summertime beaches and wintertime bar life. His five-year sojourn includes an encounter with an outlaw biker gang, playing baseball with the Armadildos, attempting to pimp for and protect a friend, surviving a hurricane, and confrontations with drunks, a massive gathering of sharks, and poisonous jellyfish. Island life includes a young female pool hustler, an all night peyote party, and an assortment of has been and wanna be characters. Ultimately, Pete must choose between a demanding academic career or continue the raucous but comfortable lifestyle he has come to embrace.
Falling in Love and Other Misadventures
Life consists of adventures, big and small. Love and satisfaction don’t always come easy, as these tales of ordinary people, and a few not so ordinary, attest. Real life, a bit of fantasy, love gone bad, the thrill of adventure gone astray, the mysteries of lucid dreams—they are all present and accounted for in these twenty-two stories. Spin the wheel, take a chance.