ISOBEL CARR [Presenter, Friday evening “Hooch through History: From Mead through Martinis” spirit-ual tasting flight] is a bestselling author of historical romance and has presented historical clothing and food workshops at conferences and colloquiums all around the world. Her 40-plus years as a historical re-enactor have concentrated her research on recreating clothing and food as closely as possible. Sometimes this means brewing her own ale, finding a source for isinglass, figuring out what eighteenth century gin really tasted like, or hunting down a sixteenth century waffle iron (all of which is worth it when it comes time to sit down at the table). To find out more about Isobel and her books, visit www.isobelcarr.com.
ED GOLDBERG [Moderator for Readers’ Festival Interview with Guests of Honor Geraldine Brooks and David Ebershoff] was born in the Bronx and grew up in New York City and Long Island. He lived in Washington, DC, for 18 years before moving to Portland in 1991. He has published five detective novels, the first of which, Served Cold, won the Shamus Award. An on air host for local radio station All Classical Portland, Goldberg hosts the “Author, Author” interview program and “On the Aisle” movie review program. Among the many writers he has interviewed are Chris Cleave, Lisa See, and Philip Kerr. Goldberg can be heard on All Classical Portland on Saturdays from 8 am to 10 am, on Sundays from 2 am to 6 am, and hosting “Saturday Matinee” from 10 am to 2 pm when the Metropolitan Opera is in hiatus.
DAVID MACEMON [English Country Dance Caller/Instructor: Saturday Night Regency Masquerade “Hellfire” Afterparty] was fortunate, many years ago, to be introduced to dance when he was invited to help start a high school performing group that demonstrated English Country Dance as well as other dance styles. He has been dancing and teaching ever since. David is known for his patient and clear teaching style; and he especially enjoys introducing new friends to the joy of dance. His choice of dances is fun and very achievable. David’s theory about dance is, if you’re mobile, and know your right from your left, about half the time, you can be wildly successful. Come on out and dance!
MARVA WIEBE [Instructor for Whist at Saturday Night Regency Masquerade “Hellfire” Afterparty] lives in Oregon with her husband, Gordon, and Welsh terrier, Morgan. She is a long-time historical novel devotee, particularly of the works of Jane Austen. She is the treasurer of her local chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America, and frequently attends their annual conferences with her husband. Marva also participates regularly in the events of the Oregon Regency Society and Edwardian Society of Oregon. She and her husband enjoy English country dancing and contra dancing. Other hobbies include playing the hammered dulcimer, watercolor painting, gardening, hiking, backpacking and, of course, playing whist.