VIRTUAL AUTHOR EVENT // Ken Layne - Desert Oracle

Due to the COVID-19 this will now be a virtual event held on Zoom.

Join Napa Bookmine on Tuesday, February 2nd at 7:00PM PST for a virtual author hour with author Ken Layne to discuss his new book Desert Oracle: Volume 1.

This is a VIRTUAL event and will take place on Zoom. You must RSVP to attend. Email to RSVP.

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To help us offset costs, you can also pre-order Desert Oracle below.


The cult-y pocket-size field guide to the strange and intriguing secrets of the Mojave―its myths and legends, outcasts and oddballs, flora, fauna, and UFOs―becomes the definitive, oracular book of the desert.


For the past five years, Desert Oracle has existed as a quasi-mythical, quarterly periodical available to the very determined only by subscription or at the odd desert-town gas station or the occasional hipster boutique, its canary-yellow-covered, forty-four-page issues handed from one curious desert zealot to the next, word spreading faster than the printers could keep up with. It became a radio show, a podcast, a live performance. Now, for the first time―and including both classic and new, never-before-seen revelations―Desert Oracle has been bound between two hard covers and is available to you.


Straight out of Joshua Tree, California, Desert Oracle is “The Voice of the Desert”: a field guide to the strange tales, singing sand dunes, sagebrush trails, artists and aliens, authors and oddballs, ghost towns and modern legends, musicians and mystics, scorpions and saguaros, out there in the sand. Desert Oracle is your companion at a roadside diner, around a campfire, in your tent or cabin (or high-rise apartment or suburban living room) as the wind and the coyotes howl outside at night

From journal entries of long-deceased adventurers to stray railroad ad copy, and musings on everything from desert flora, rumored cryptid sightings, and other paranormal phenomena, Ken Layne's Desert Oracle collects the weird and the wonderful of the American Southwest into a single, essential volume.



Ken Layne publishes Desert Oracle and hosts its companion radio show and podcast from a haunted old compound in the Great Mojave Wilderness, one of four American deserts he has called home.


He loves all the desert creatures, but especially the local gopher snakes, ravens, coyotes, and antelope ground squirrels. Find out more, if you must, at and




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Desert Oracle: Volume 1: Strange True Tales from the American Southwest Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374139681
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: MCD - December 8th, 2020

The cult-y pocket-size field guide to the strange and intriguing secrets of the Mojaveits myths and legends, outcasts and oddballs, flora, fauna, and UFOsbecomes the definitive, oracular book of the desert