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Lunch with the Author Series at Beach Books

Beach Books continues its Lunch with the Author series on July 11 at 12 noon with Gloria Stiger Linkey and Sally Steidel.  Gloria will read from her new book Native American Women: Three Who Changed History and Sally will discuss the drawings she created for it.  This is the story of three  Native American women in the 1800, Sacagawea, Watkuese and Marie Dorian, whose lives intertwined.  Gloria has been telling their tales for the past four years, speaking to groups as varied as the American Association of University Women, elementary schools and tourists on a cruise ship. And now she has written about them in her book, beautifully illustrated by Cannon Beach artist, Sally Steidel.

Please contact Beach Books at 503-738-3500 to make reservations as space is limited.  Cost is $20 and includes a catered lunch and a copy of  Native American Women:  Three Who Changed History. FMI: Karen Emmerling, Beach Books, 503-738-3500.

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Mountain Rescue Doctor, Christopher Van Tilberg At Seaside Library • July 14

Mountain Rescue DoctorCHRISTOPHER VAN TILBERG, author of “Mountain Rescue Doctor: Wilderness Medicine in the Extremes of Nature” is hosted by the Seaside Library on Thursday, July 14, 7pm. The event will take place in the Community Room and there will be book sales and signings presented by Beach Books.

Christopher Van Tilberg is an emergency room physician and a member of Crag Rats (the first official volunteer mountain rescue group in the nation).  The book recounts rescues done on Mt. Hood by season.  In the winter, he explains the dangers of tree wells, and patches of loose snow that can snare skiers and cause serious injury.  On a hot day in July, Chris tells of engineering the tricky rescue of a cliff jumper with a back fracture.

When Christopher’s mountain rescue beeper goes off, the call may take him racing up a mountain peak, scaling down a rocky ledge to intubate a hiker, or fighting through a blizzard to the site of an airplane crash.

Seaside Public Library is located at 1131 Broadway, across from the Swimming Pool.  For more information call (503)738-6742 or visit us at www.seasidelibrary.org and www.facebook.com/seasidepubliclibrary.

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John Daniel – Manzanita Writer Series • July 17

John DanielOREGON WRITER John Daniel, author of the award-winning memoir Rogue River Journal is the featured guest at the July Manzanita  Writer Series, on Saturday July 17, 7pm, at the Hoffman Center.

Daniel’s latest work The Far Corner: Northwestern Views on Land, Life, and Literature (Counterpoint, April 2009), is a collection of personal essays that explore various subjects in the human and more-than-human worlds, seeking to define his allegiances to his home places, his region, and the wholeness of life itself. Author of nine books of poetry, essays, and memoir, Daniel has won the 2006 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award for Rogue River Journal—an account of a winter in solitude interwoven with memoirs of his father and his own coming of age—as well as two Oregon Book Awards and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and James Thurber Writer-in-Residence at Ohio State University—and a former logger, hod carrier, railroader, and rock climbing instructor—Daniel lives with his wife, Marilyn Daniel, in the Coast Range foothills west of Eugene, Oregon. He is now conducting a yearlong memoir workshop through Fishtrap, a community of writers and readers headquartered in Enterprise, Oregon.

The Hoffman Center, located at 594 Laneda Ave in Manzanita.  OPEN MIC: After the featured guest, sign up for a 5 minute reading.  FMI: hoffmanblog.org online or contact Kathie Hightower, 503-739-1505; kathie@jumpintolife.net .

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@KALA – Book Release Celebration – Mama Baby Mama

Mindy StokesAuthor Mindy Stokes
Mama Baby Mama, Story of a Knocked-Up Lesbian

KALA@HIFiSHMONTHLY PROUDLY presents author Mindy Stokes, in a Book Release Celebration event, TUESDAY, JULY 26, at 7pm.  Mama Baby Mama, Story of a Knocked-Up Lesbian, is a heartwarming and saucy tale of two women on their way to motherhood. This is Stokes’ first book, a memoir born of desire between she and her lifelong partner Katie and their journey to bring daughter Soleil, into the world.

An Astoria resident, and no recluse writer is she; Stokes is a vibrant fixture at Clatsop Community College, at least since 2008, when she and her family moved across the US to Astoria, Oregon from Florida. A counselor and instructor in the Lives in Transition program, she also runs her own Wellness Education practice, and is involved in numerous community volunteer positions. And, if you saw the most recent staging of The Vagina Monologues at Clatsop Community College, it was a production driven by Stokes as part of Women’s History Month, and a performance “Herstory” project she has spearheaded for 3 years.

Mama Baby Mama is a culmination of 5 years of “writing and mothering,” and as Stokes admits, “They don’t go hand in hand. Finding the time to write was the most challenging aspect of completing the book.” Friends who own a writing studio in Oysterville, Washington (established writer’s retreat location), loaned out the place, “and that’s how I finished my book,” says Stokes.

Mama Baby Mama is Stokes first foray into narrative writing. Prior to that she had written predominantly for academia, with an M.A in Women’s Studies and B.S. in Dietetics.

But about 6 months into her pregnancy, Stokes refers to episodes in the middle of the night — she would wake up with paragraphs of the book stamped into her head. And she wouldn’t be able to go back to sleep until she got up and wrote.  Once she began the process, she knew she was destined to turn these vignettes into a book.

Mama Baby Mama is in three parts, and begins with the trials and tribulations of home insemination, (endearing episodes of a gay male friend who wasn’t destined to be a sperm donor after all and sperm shipped by UPS to remote mountain vacation spots), progresses to conception and the rigorous duties of pregnancy (being as big as a billboard and hating everyone with whom she comes in contact, including her entire pre-natal yoga class) and then eventually the falling in love with a newborn baby girl.

If you do have the pleasure of knowing Mindy Stokes, you know that humor is her arsenal; she’s straightforward as hell, and a passionate, outspoken feminist. In Mama Baby Mama, her voice is loud, clear, and true to heart.

Mama Baby MamaIn the beauty of her storytelling, Stokes doesn’t hold back, soften or sugar coat the details, as she busts on through to the next practical revelation in childbirth.  Be it finding sperm donors, sex while preggars, her fears ad infinitum on becoming a mother; she’ll have you in stitches, and in tears.  Mama Baby Mama also keenly observes the effects of discrimination and hate-filled laws on same-sex partners, as well gives us new concepts of family and friends, parenting, today’s changing values put into practice, and alternative lifestyles.

In February of 2007, just months after Soleil’s birth, Stokes submitted an abstract to the Assoc. for Research on Mothering (ARM) in, Toronto, Canada. They were planning a conference in Toronto and were looking for submissions on various topics relating to feminist mothering. Stokes was accepted and read her narrative pieces (the beginnings of Mama Baby Mama).

“The response was positive,” says Stokes, “Professors of Women’s Studies asked me to let them know when I was finished with my work so that they could use my book in their classrooms. “

Stokes has gone the indie author route. After querying publishers for two and half years she has joined onto an online eBook publishing vehicle, Smashwords, and has done a first print in hard copy through a self-publishing company.

Says Stokes, “Getting published these days is extremely difficult. Who you are and your platform is more important than your craft. When I did get rejection letters with feedback, they’d always tell me they liked my sardonic humor, sense of place, etc… but their company wasn’t doing my type of book. So I decided to do it myself. Decided I’d be the Ani Difranco of publishing. “

Of course today, indie publishing, be it music or literature is running a steady, viable course. The many online vehicles, from iPads, to laptops, iPhones and Kindles have readers going for easy access. An online publishing company like Smashwords directly links your book with online book companies and tutors you on how to reach and publicize to your potential audience.  Self-publishing can draw attention to mainstream publishers. But with the high quality and accessibility of indie publishing, a passionate author such as Stokes, can reach out to a target audience and begin the work of getting her book read.

When Stokes moved to the region, she met Jan Bono, an accomplished columnist, and writing coach from the Washington Peninsula.  Bono became her editor throughout the process of finishing the book. And now with the satisfaction of soon having a hard copy in her hands,  says Stokes, “It’s a dream come true.”

Every Tuesday Stokes sends out her blog, also titled STORY OF A KNOCKED-UP LESBIAN. With a title as brazen, this is a taste of Stokes’ refreshing and spicy lesbian feminist personae.  You can sample or buy her book at smashwords.com/books/view/61371, or look her up on her new website.

But you can also meet her, have her sign a copy of her book and help celebrate an exciting, local, independent author. Refreshments too. Tuesday, July 26, 7pm, KALA at 1017 Marine Dr. in Astoria. 503.338.4878

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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: hoffmanblog.org online or contact Kathie Hightower, 503-739-1505; kathie@jumpintolife.net.

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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

 

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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 Powells.com. 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.

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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 www.seasidelibrary.org and www.facebook.com/seasidepubliclibrary.

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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 kenh@lincolncity.org.  801 SW Highway 101, on the 2nd floor of the City Hall building in Lincoln City.

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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 www.seasidelibrary.org and www.facebook.com/seasidepubliclibrary.
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 www.seasidelibrary.org and Border Songswww.facebook.com/seasidepubliclibrary.
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.

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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 suej@incolncity.org. 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.

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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.

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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 http://hoffmanblog.org/manzanita-writers-series/workshops-2011-2.

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 @ hoffmanblog.org.

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

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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/cbhistory.org.