If “Mulan meets Deadwood in a Wild West novel narrated by its straight-shooting heroine” sounds like your kind of book, a visit to Paulina Springs Books might be in order on Saturday, July 6, at 6:30 p.m.

John Larison, author of “Whiskey When We’re Dry” will be on hand to read from and discuss his acclaimed bestselling novel.

In the spring of 1885, Jessilyn Harney finds herself orphaned on the family’s remote ranch. She cuts her hair, dresses in men’s clothing, and sets off on her undersized horse to reunite with the only kin she has left — a big brother turned notorious outlaw.

While wrestling with her brother’s identity, and haunted by questions about her own, Jess must outmaneuver those who underestimate her to find her brother before the law does. Told in Jess’s wholly original and unforgettable voice, “Whiskey When We’re Dry” is an epic as expansive as America itself — and a reckoning with the myths that are entwined with our history.

Larison  was born in Philomath, Oregon, in 1979 and was a fly-fishing guide and high school English teacher before turning full-time to writing. “Whiskey When We’re Dry” was a Los Angeles Times Bestseller, an Indie Next Pick, and a finalist for the Ken Kesey Award. It was named a Best Book by O Magazine, Goodreads,

Entertainment  Weekly, Outside Magazine, Powell’s, NPR’s All Things Considered, and others, and is currently being developed for a feature film. He lives with his family in Bellfountain, Oregon.  

Paulina Springs Books is located at 252 W. Hood Ave. For more information call 541-549-0866.