Far Eastern Press, Seattle
free range writers and dreamers, independent books
Fine Literature by Free-range Thinkers and Dreamers
a novel by Nancy Danielson Mendenhall; just released (1/2020)
Five newcomers arrive at the 1998 Settlers' Reunion at the mid-Columbia River: two anthropologists drawn by the storytelling, two on special missions from their elders, and a Siberian shaman intent on river healing. A Wanapum Indian bus driver angry over salmon losses takes them into the devastated area around the defunct Hanford atomic plant, the scene of the 1943 settler evictions. That view, and the growing threat of nuclear waste from the plant, spark new insights, friendships, and loves. Decades-old anger is swept into vows of action to save the salmon, the Columbia, and the world beyond.
An Illustrated Poem/Storybook
Be on the lookout for
Shannon M. Lin's rudimentary, colorful hobby-art style in her upcoming book.
(An example of her art here >>)
Torvald: Memoirs of a Grandfather From Northern Norway
a work in progress by Nancy Danielson Mendenhall and Lesley Thomas; includes socio-historical background of late 1800s/early 20th Century Arctic Norway and the emigration experience, photos, and illustrations by Lesley's grandfather Torvald Magnus Danielson
(1900, Husvig, Norway - 1973, Seattle)
The Otter's Ransom
a work in progress by (pen name); a speculative fiction trilogy
Indie publisher in Seattle
Lesley Thomas and Eric Oberg are owners (and workforce) of our micro-press
Far Eastern Press logo
The Tatsumi family crest
We used the logo of the original Far Eastern Press of Eric's grandfather, who published college textbooks in Seattle in the 60s
a fan of Orchards of Eden and Storytellers at the Columbia River
Frank Meek, 2020, photo by Tim Wheeler
Meek is an original resident of the White Bluffs settlement (evicted in 1943 to make way for the Manhattan Project--which is one of the big themes in both of Mendenhall's books set on the Columbia River.
Mendenhall also spent her childhood in White Bluffs at her grandparents' farm.
Lesley's reading at University of AK
Flight of the Goose for Earth Day
Bellingham Weekly, Environmental Bookshelf, 2006
new titles celebrating (and mourning) Planet Earth
Lesley Thomas, 2005, in Seattle newspaper
for Flight of the Goose, "a winner"
in Nome, Alaska
Feb 24, 2016 in Nome, Rough Waters
Review by Sandra Ingerman, leading shamanic practitioner, author and teacher:
"If you are looking for a great read I highly suggest Flight of the Goose by Lesley Thomas. It is an amazing story and I am recommending it to every one I meet. I loved this book!!
Lesley grew up in rural communities in the Alaskan Arctic, on a fishing boat in Southeast Alaska, and on a small farm on the Puget Sound prior to its development. Her families of birth and intermarriage are from different cultures. And her interest in shamanism and birds began early. She has also studied arctic ecology.
Flight of the Goose is an amazing novel combining a love story, with some deep teachings about shamanism in the arctic, the complexities of life of a small village, and deep ecology.
It is very rich. It was one of those books I simply could not put down. And Lesley Thomas is a brilliant writer. I cannot say enough about this book."
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