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Manzanita Writers Series – Jennifer Lauck Found: A Memoir

FoundJENNIFER LAUCK reads from her new book Found: A Memoir at the Manzanita Writers’ Series event at 7pm on Saturday, June 18, at the Hoffman Center. Found is the long awaited sequel to the 2000 international bestseller Blackbird: A Childhood Lost & Found which was featured on Oprah and an international bestseller. Blackbird was translated into 22 languages and hit the bestseller lists in London, Ireland and Spain as well as in the United States.

Blackbird was written in the voice of a little girl who attempts to make sense of a world where parents die and children fall through the cracks and are left homeless. Found is written in the voice of a confident woman determined and thus destined to find inner peace, lasting happiness and sense of the familiar.

Jennifer Lauck, with humor, clarity and urgency takes her readers on a thrilling quest that leads her first into motherhood and then into the complex spiritual traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, where Lauck discovers great masters, great teachings and the great truth of who she is. Lauck finally ends her journey when she finds her natural mother—the one who gave her life and gave her away with the hope that she would have a better life.

Jeniifer LauckLauck has published two other memoirs, a novel and a book on writing memoir. She traveled throughout Northern Europe to speak about her writing. Lauck was given the Book Sense 76 award and was featured in Newsweek, Harper’s Bazaar, Talk Magazine, People, Glamour and Writer’s Digest. She was a select USA Today pick and nominated for two Oregon Book Awards.

Before becoming a memoir writer, speaker and teacher, Lauck worked for many years in television news for ABC affiliates from Montana to Oregon. Her investigative journalism reports appeared on CNN and the ABC Nightly News.

WORKSHOP: Saturday, June 18, Lauck will teach a workshop on Scene Writing for all genres from 10-3 at the Hoffman Center, located at 594 Laneda Ave in Manzanita.  FMI: online or contact Kathie Hightower, 503-739-1505;

Missed Connections #3

You even looked a bit like Shelley,
but you don’t remember it correctly.
That night, the fiery hour had elongated itself. It wasn’t 6 April,
it was the same day Helen began her workbook for students.

Again, Love needed two more for his quota of quivers,
though there were 98 names behind the rains.
We were not in church, I was just trying to listen when deft Love
made that red slice on your sweater from arm to arm.

I did not see his bow let loose the world from all I thought it was.
He must have retreated beyond that bright band of motley horses behind us.
Imagine my surprise when I found fletching in my breast pocket!

We had written to each other from inside the pit –
It was that yaw and pitch of Love’s fixed wings, not stars or dreams,
that ushered us down rows and made you match my pace.

That instant my eyes failed me for lack of a simple veil.

Petrarch and Laura

Laura Brooks conducts the Astoria Poetry Workshop, meeting each Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at Studio 11, 11th and Duane St., 18+, $5


MATT LOVE At the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum

Gimme RefugeOregon author and columnist Matt Love will be at the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum at 1pm on June 18 as part of the museum’s Great Speaker series. His topic will be Gimme Refuge: the Education of a Caretaker, the title of his latest book.

In 1998, Love, at age 33, became caretaker of the 600-acre Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge, where he served until 2008. In that decade, he helped restore the grounds to fuller ecology, discovered a love for teaching, and reinvented himself as a writer and historian. Gimme Refuge is his passionate account of his teaching career, experience as caretaker, and awakening as an Oregonian.

Love is the author/editor of The Beaver State Trilogy, Citadel of the Spirit: Oregon’s Sesquicentennial Anthology, Super Sunday in Newport: Notes From My First Year in Town and Gimme Refuge: The Education of a Caretaker. He’s a regular contributor to the Oregonian, Oregon Coast Today and writes the “On Oregon” blog for In 2009, Love won the Oregon Literary Arts’ Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award for his contributions to Oregon history and literature. He lives in South Beach with his dog and teaches English and journalism at Newport High School.

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR’S Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush at Seaside Library

THE FRIENDS OF THE SEASIDE LIBRARY welcome bestselling author’s Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush, on Thursday, June 16, 7pm. The two sisters will discuss their Wicked Series as well as their individual bestsellers.  The event will take place in the Community Room and book sales and signings will be presented by Beach Books.

Lisa began writing at the urging of her sister, novelist Nancy Bush, and was inspired by the success of authors she admired as well as the burgeoning market for romance fiction.  Nancy was convinced they could work together and succeed.  They sat down, determined to write and be published.  They did and they were.

Initially they worked together.  Later, they moved in different directions.  Lisa brought more suspense to her work, while Nancy’s writing expanded to include novels and script writing for All My Children.  In February of 2009 they worked together again on Wicked Game and this May the latest in the series Wicked Lies was published.  Lisa is the author of more than 75 novels and Nancy has published 30 novels, and penned many young adult romance novels for Silhouette Books.

Seaside Public Library is located at 1131 Broadway, across from the Youth Center and Swimming Pool. FMI: (503)738-6742 or visit us at and

Adults need inspiration too!

Driftwood Library in Lincoln City has a scheme to get folks reading

DRIFTWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY is excited to be hosting a Summer Reading Program for adults this year.  Like the kids’ Summer Reading Club, this program will invite adults to sign up to track their reading over the months of June and July.  Participants will be given a special book they can use to keep track of what they’ve read and they can earn prizes as they reach certain goals.  For each book read they will also qualify to enter into a drawing to be held at the end of the program (prizes will be gift certificates from local businesses). The more books participants read, the more chances they earn toward one of the grand prizes!

ReadingWhen asked why the library thought a Summer Reading Program for adults was necessary, Circulation Supervisor Ken Hobson answered, “Adults sometimes need a little extra encouragement to read too, especially to read for pleasure.  We hope that with the enticement of silly prizes and the opportunity to attend summer author programs not geared toward kids, adults who have difficulty finding the time to read for pleasure might be encouraged to sit down for an hour with that book they’ve always wanted to read instead of in front of the TV for summer reruns. As the demands of life increase through adulthood, we forget the pleasures books offer as other things distract us. Understandably, even avid readers lose the habit of reading.  We’re hoping we can help adults rediscover the singular pleasure of getting lost in a story. This is just a fun, gentle nudge back in the right direction.” Hobson added that while this year’s program will be a scaled-back affair compared to the spectacular program Children’s Coordinator Teena Nelson puts together for kids each summer, the hope is that the library can gauge interest in the community for such a program. “If the interest is there, and we can consider this year a success, then certainly we will expand it over the coming years.”

The Adult Summer Reading Program will start on Sunday, June 5th at 3pm when Oregon writer Cathy Lamb visits the library to talk about her work.  Cathy is the author of four successful novels, her newest novel, First Day of the Rest of My Life will be released in late July.

Those who wish to take part in the program can come hear Cathy, learn details about the program and sign up to take part in it. Those not wishing too take part in the program are also welcome to come hear Cathy speak. The fun will end in late July with another author visit (details to be announced).

FMI:  Ken Hobson at the library either by phone (541-996-1242) or via email at  801 SW Highway 101, on the 2nd floor of the City Hall building in Lincoln City.

Seaside Library Writer Series

Wanted: Gentlemen Bank Robber
Author Dane Batty

WantedThursday May 19, at 7pm Seaside Library hosts Dane Batty author of “WANTED: Gentleman Bank Robber”.  The event takes place in the Community Room and there will be book sales, signings, and refreshments.

Author Dane Batty provides readers with a seldom seen look behind the scenes of the life of an expert bank robber.  He gives voice to his uncle, Leslie Rogge, who was once one of the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitives and featured on the television show America’s Most Wanted, robbing nearly 30 banks and stealing over $2 million dollars.  The chase lasted over 20 years, with three escapes, a sailing trip around the Caribbean, and adventures from Alaska to Antigua.  But it all came to a halt when a 14 year old in Guatemala forced him to turn himself in.

Author Dane Batty resides in Oregon and still finds time to visit his uncle who now lives out his prison sentence at the United States Penitentiary in Beaumont Texas.

Seaside Public Library is located at 1131 Broadway, across from the Youth Center and Swimming Pool.  For more information call (503)738-6742 or visit us at and
River of Words RAIN Fundraiser

Brian DoyleGather together for an evening of  exceptional literary company on Friday, June 3 at 6:30pm.  Northwest authors Robert Michael Pyle and Brian Doyle, are the featured guests on the roster for Clatsop Community literary magazine RAIN.

Needing no introduction in these parts, Robert Michael Pyle, noted naturalist and resident of Grays River, Washington has published 12 books and hundreds of papers, essays, stories and poems. His acclaimed 1987 book Wintergreen describing the devastation caused by unrestrained logging in Washington’s Willapa Hills near his adopted home was the winner of the 1987 John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Nature Writing. His latest, “Mariposa Road: The First Butterfly Big Year”, chronicles his adventures across the continent in 2008 to view and document as many of the native butterflies as possible.

Robert Michael PylePyle is joined by Doyle, award-winning author, essayist, and editor of the University of Portland’s award-wining Portland Magazine. Doyle’s books include Saints Passionate & Peculiar, Credo, & Two Voices. Two Voices won a Christopher Award and a Catholic Press Association Book Award.

A suggested $10 donation includes a copy of RAIN. Baked Alaska is located  at the foot of 12th, on the River Walk in Astoria.  Sponsored by RAIN Magazine, Cannery Pier Hotel, Baked Alaska, and Hipfish.
On Seeing, and Being Seen By, a Mink,
Early One Morning by a Serious River,
By which I mean, you know, a river with some sprawl in it,
Some wet fat, a river ludicrously deeper than it seems to be,
A river you can’t throw a rock over no matter how cool you
Think you are, a river with residents you never hardly really
Actually see, but give you the willies when you do, like this
Mink looking at me with, God bless us, a snake in its mouth.
All sorts of thoughts cross my mind and almost certainly his,
And I am sure the mink is a guy, from the I’d come up there
And kick your ass but I am busy stare, which I have received
Many times in life. I think about having snakes for breakfast,
And about how a mink is mostly a muscle, and how the river
Must savor many mink, and what the local geese think about
All this, and what the mink thinks of a mammal with glasses,
Sipping coffee on the bench. Probably I’d come up there and
Kick your ass but I am busy, but you never know, and I think
This is the point of the lesson this morning and every blessed
Morning, yes? There are many mink and we just never know.
— Brian Doyle
SurvivalOn The Edge of Survival
Deadliest Catch Author Spike Walker

Thursday May 26, at 7pm the Seaside Public Library welcomes acclaimed author Spike Walker whose books inspired the hit television show “Deadliest Catch”.  The event will take place in the Community Room and there will be book sales, signings, and refreshments.

Spike Walker spent more than ten seasons aboard some of the most successful crab boats in the Alaskan fleet, and rode out one of the worst storms in Alaska’s history.  His first book, “Working On the Edge” was hailed by James Michener as “the definitive account of this perilous trade”.  He is the author of “Nights of Ice” and “Coming Back Alive”.  His latest book, “On the Edge of Survival”, is the account of the daring rescue of a freighter that was grounded off the Aleutian Islands.  Spike provides a minuet by minuet account of the rescue mission that was compounded when a USCG helicopter was hit by a rogue wave, sending it into frigid waters.

Seaside Public Library is located at 1131 Broadway across from the Youth Center and Swimming Pool.  For more information call (503)738-6742 or visit us at and Border
Northwest Author Jim Lynch
Reads at CB Library

Acclaimed Northwest Author Jim Lynch comes to the Cannon Beach Library. Lynch’s latest book BORDER SONGS was a 2009 best pic by numerous literary reviews across the nation.
A magnificent novel of birding, smuggling, farming and extraordinary love on the Canadian border, Lynch is noted for his originality and ability to create the most memorable characters in recent fiction. His humor and metaphoric prowess compared to Ken Kesey and Tom Robbins. Border Songs is also Lynch’s second novel be adapted for stage by Book-It theater n Seattle.
CB Library, Saturday, May 14, 2pm, 131 N. Hemlock.

Driftwood Library Events In Pacific City

Jennifer BoydenAS PART OF its celebration of National Library Week and in honor of National Poetry Month, Driftwood Public Library welcomes Oregon poet Clemens Starck, speaking on Sunday, April 10 at 3pm, and Poet Jennifer Boyden, who will be teaching a workshop at the library entitled “Create Your Own Story through Poetry” on Saturday, April 16 from 10am to 4pm.

A regular at the Fisher Poets Gathering, Starck’s first book of poetry, “A “Journeyman’s Wages” won the William Stafford Memorial Poetry Award in 2006. That book also won the William Stafford Memorial Poetry Award from the Northwest Booksellers Association. His 2003 book, China Basin, was nominated for the Oregon Book Award.

Originally hailing from Rochester, NY, Starck briefly attended Princeton before dropping out and taking on a series of blue-collar jobs across the country.  He has Working jobs as a carpenter and construction foreman throughout the Northwest before settling in Oregon, he has also worked as a merchant seaman, a newspaper reporter, a door-to-door salesman and as a ranch-hand.  He has said that he worked to support his poetry.

Boyden’s class will focus on the use of poetry for personal storytelling and is being described as an “intergenerational workshop” open to anyone aged 12 and older. Jennifer reads from her own works on Sunday, April 17th at 3pm.A widely published poet, Boyden has taught at Walla Walla Community College since 2001. In 2008 she was awarded The Brittingham Prize in Poetry.

While the reading on Sunday is open to the public at large, those wishing to attend the workshop must register with Sue Jenkins: 541-996-1251 or Both events are free. Driftwood Public Library is located at 801 SW Highway 101 in Lincoln City, on the 2nd Floor of the City Hall building.

Terry Brooks at CB Library

Terry BrooksTERRY BROOKS, author of hugely popular series of fantasy books about elves, will speaks at the CB Library as part of the Second Saturday Northwest Authors Series. Saturday April 9, 2pm. Brooks, a beach resident, was the first fantasy author to earn ranking on the New York Times Bestseller list, and has written more than 20 novels, several expanding on his Shanara series.

CB Reads
This month’s book is “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” a 1937 novel and the best-known work by African American writer Zora Neale Hurston. Set in Florida in the early 20th Century, it is regarded as a pioneering book for African-American and female writers. The book discussion club welcomes visitors and new members. 7pm, Wednesday, April 20, at the Cannon Beach Library.

Jane Kirkpatrick reads from A Daughter’s Walk at the Manzanita Writers’ Series • April 16

A Daughter's WalkJANE KIRKPATRICK reads from her latest book “A Daughter’s Walk” at the Manzanita Writers’ Series, at 7pm, Saturday, April 16, at the Hoffman Center in Manzanita.

Earlier that day from 2 to 4pm, Kirkpatrick will also conduct a writers’ workshop titled “From Fact to Historical Fiction.” At the workshop, Kirkpatrick will discuss the writer’s craft of weaving facts and fiction together to tell a good story. The workshop fee is $25; download a registration form at

Jane Kirkpatrick’s works have appeared in over 50 national publications. She has written nineteen books, most based on the lives of historical women. She speaks with humor and inspiration about the power of story in our lives, at events across the country and internationally.

Her works have won national awards including the Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center and the WILLA Literary Award from Women Writing the West. Her novel “A Flickering Light” was named to Library Journal’s Best Books of 2009.

The second half of the evening event will be our popular Open Mic. For those who are interested, the suggested theme of the month is “Family History.” Local writers are welcome to bring whatever 5-minute original piece they would like to share.  Nine writers can sign up at the door to read; first come, first to read. Guidelines @

Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue.) Admission fee is $5. Refreshments will be available.

Lars Nordström on Swedes in the NW

Ten New LivesAUTHOR and Swedish immigrant Lars Nordström will give a lecture on his new book Ten Lives: Swedes in the Pacific Northwest at the Cannon Beach History Center on Wednesday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m.

Nordström was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1954 and was educated at the University of Stockholm until 1974, before moving to Portland and attending Portland State University to pursue a bachelor of arts in English. He then moved to Uppsala, Sweden, where he received his Ph.D. in American literature, and in 1988 he settled with his family on a small vineyard in Beavercreek, Oregon.

For many years, Nordström worked as technical translator in the high tech industry, but now divides his time between growing wine grapes and writing and translating literature, as well as giving talks on various Swedish-American subjects. Nordström’s previous book, Swedish Oregon was published by the Oregon Press in 2008, and has won several awards, including the Scandinavian Heritage Foundation Niskanen Award. His new book is coming out soon.

“Lars Nordström is presently the leading expert on the Swedes in the Northwest: both those who settled there during the era of the Great Migration and those who have come after, down to the present, from a very different Sweden to a very different America,” said H. Arnold Barton, professor emeritus at Southern Illinois University. His study is based on extensive research, while as an immigrant from Sweden himself, he has a particularly sensitive understanding of the personal dimensions of the migration experience, which he eloquently conveys in lucid prose.”

Nordström’s books will be available at the lecture, and visitors will enjoy a short talk on Scandinavian migration and topics covered in the books, in addition to a Q&A with the author.

CB History Center is located at the corner of Spruce and Sunset,. 503.436.9301/