Local author Rayner Ward on his novel "Advent"
The guest is local author Rayner Ward, who discusses his new picaresque novel "Advent." "Advent" is a novel that is based on fact, spanning the decades from the 40's through the 60's in the life of Joe Kemp, an adventurous young Texan instrumental in creating and expanding the psychedelic drug revolution. Joe is an anti-hero, searcher and artist who explores a variety of spiritual practices. While seeking enlightenment, Joe undergoes a process described in India as "the madness of God" and witnesses the dissolution of his own personality and the possibility of regeneration.
Rayner Ward was raised in Waco, Texas. He taught English at the college level before becoming a union carpenter and the owner of a small remodeling company. He retired in 2007 to write "Advent." He lives in Portland with his wife Holly. He has been involved in forest activism, police accountability activism and the save our reservoirs campaign.