Mar 292013
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The Newport Public Library’s Reading Circle will discuss this year’s Newport Reads selection, Mink River by Brian Doyle, on Tuesday, April 9 at noon. Set in a small fictional town on the Oregon coast, there are love affairs and almost-love-affairs, mystery and hilarity, bears and tears, brawls and boats, a garrulous logger and a silent doctor, rain and pain, Irish immigrants and Salish stories, mud and laughter.

Mink River is the tale of a town, written in a distinct and lyrical voice. Readers will close the book more than a little sad to leave the village of Neawanaka, on the wet coast of Oregon, beneath the hills that used to boast the biggest trees in the history of the world.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (541)265-2153 or check the library website,


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Jan 092013


Recent efforts to remove the word “Nigger” from the new edition of Mark Twain’s Huck Finn in which the word is changed to “slave,” to the attempt to halt a high school production of August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone because of its “offensive” language, raises questions about censorship. Is censorship ever a good thing especially in historic or classic literature?

This is the focus of “To Cut or Not to Cut: Censorship in Literature,” a free conversation with Reed College professor Pancho Savery to celebrate Book Month. The program will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m. in the Carriage House of the Lincoln County Historical Society, 545 SW Ninth St., Newport. This program is hosted by the Historical Society and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

Savery is professor of English, Humanities, and American studies at Reed College. He also teaches a freshman humanities program on the “Ancient Mediterranean World.” For the last 11 years he has worked with Oregon Humanities on the “Humanity in Perspective” program.

Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state’s future.

For more information about this free community discussion, please call 541-265-7509.

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Oct 092012

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Sep 042012

Writers on the Edge Features Ceiridwen Terrill

Writer and adventurer Ceiridwen Terrill will be the featured speaker at Writers on the Edge on Saturday, September 15 at 7 pm in the Visual Arts Center at Nye Beach. Terrill says of her work, “I explore my own human foibles through memoir and science as I figure out how to live on the urban-wild border.”

Terrill is the author of numerous articles, and her books include Part Wild, the story of her journey with a wolfdog (part husky, part gray wolf) named Inyo, her protector and fellow traveler.

In Unnatural Landscapes: Tracking Invasive Species, Terrill shares her journey through various “islands” in the Southwest and Mexico—both actual islands and self-contained habitat communities, offering readers an introduction to invasion ecology and restoration management. Traveling aboard her trusty kayak, The Grebe, Terrill brings readers an in-depth look at the damage that invasive species cause.

Terrill’s work includes field expeditions to Siberia. She teaches environmental journalism and science writing at Concordia University in Portland.

Lodging for Ceiridwen Terrill’s stay is provided courtesy of The Whaler. The program begins at 7pm, with an open mic for local writers following Eslami’s presentation. General admission is $6; students are admitted free. For more information, visit

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Aug 162012

Driftwood Welcomes New York Times Bestselling Mystery Writer J.A. Jance to Lincoln City

Driftwood Public Library is very pleased to announce that author J.A. Jance will be visiting Lincoln City on Monday, September 10th to help the library bring its 2012 Adult Summer Reading Club to a close. Ms. Jance will be doing two presentations, one at 6:30 p.m. and one at 8:00 p.m., with a brief book signing between the two events. All of these events will take place at the Lincoln City Cultural Center at 540 NE Highway 101, just two lights north of the library. Because of the anticipated audience sizes, tickets (which are free) will be required to attend the speaking events, and can be obtained by contacting Ken Hobson at the library (541-996-1242 or or by visiting the library during open hours between Friday, August 17th and 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 10th.

J.A. Jance is the top 10 New York Times bestselling author of the J.P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, the Ali Reynolds series, four inter-related thrillers featuring the Walker family, and a book of poetry. Her books have more than 20 million copies in print.

Jance is an avid crusader for many causes including the American Cancer Society, Gilda’s Club, the Humane Society, the YMCA and the Girl Scouts. A lover of animals, has a Daschund, named Bella. Born in South Dakota and raised in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance and her husband now split their time between Seattle, Washington and Tucson, Arizona. Her most recent novel is Judgement Call, released late in July and already a New York Times bestseller.

Jance’s Lincoln City appearances are free events and open to the public. They are being generously sponsored by The Friends of Driftwood Public Library, The Looking Glass Inn and The Lincoln City Cultural Center.

Any questions may be directed to Ken Hobson by phone (541-996-1242) or via e-mail ( Driftwood Public Library is located on the 2nd floor of Lincoln City’s City Hall building at 801 SW Highway 101 in Lincoln City, adjacent to the Price and Pride grocery store. More information about acquiring tickets to this event can be found by visiting

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Aug 142012

Carla Perry will be reading from her new novel, “Riva Beside Me: New York City 1963-1966″ at the Nye Beach Writers‚ Series open mic this Saturday evening, August 18, at the Newport Visual Arts Center, 777 NW Beach Drive. The show starts at 7 p.m. with the two featured writers: performance poets Leanne Grabel and Steve Sander.

The Nye Beach Writers‚ Series is a program of Writers On The Edge, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to the literary arts education and enrichment of the general public and school students of Lincoln County. Readers as well as writers are welcome to this live culture event.

As founder of Writers On The Edge and the Nye Beach Writers‚ Series, and its volunteer director for 14 years, Perry received the Stewart Holbrook Special Book Award for her outstanding contributions to Oregon‚s literary community, and the Oregon Governor‚s Art Award for the quality and longevity of this literary program. Perry stepped down from the board in 2010 and now attends Writers’ Series event like any other audience member.

Nye Beach Writers’ Series
Saturday, August 18, 7 p.m.
Visual Arts Center, 777 NW Beach Drive, in the Nye Beach area of Newport
Admission: $6; Students always admitted free

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May 202012


Carla Perry, of Dancing Moon Press, announces the release of four new books by Oregon and California authors. Two are poetry collections, one is a novel, and one is a full color, large-format, hardcover children’s book. Perry also announces the addition of eBook conversion services in association with Wayne Plourde of SolaLuna Studios in Toledo. Separate eBook files can be prepared for uploads to Amazon (Kindle), Sony (Nook), and Apple (iBooks). Books can be prepared for both print editions and eBooks.

The two books of poetry recently released include “Greatest Hits: 60 Years of Lookin,” by Mary L. Slocum of Gaston, and “On A Clear Day!” by Sandy Davis of Oregon City. Joan Ritchey of Forest Grove released her first novel, “The Brooch,” and Ron Kay, of Oceanside, California, produced both paperback and hardcover versions of his children’s book, “Would You Rather Be A Monkey Or A Tree?”

The poems in Mary L. Slocum’s first full-length collection, “Greatest Hits: 60 Years of Lookin,” don’t hold back. Manly work, revenge, even the ghosts of dead shoppers are given their page time. Real people roam territories that are everything but pastoral. There is dirt underneath Mary’s fingernails, and laughter in her voice. Slocum is a former social worker who labored as a shipyard Marine Electrician, IBEW Local 48, in Portland, Oregon, for 17 years before that. Her poems, mostly about work issues, have appeared in numerous northwest magazines and anthologies. She is a winner of the Washington State Poetry Association’s humorous poetry competition, and the author of the two chapbooks: “Work” (1993) and “Stray Works II” (1995), both under the name Mary Misel.

“On a Clear Day!” is a compilation of poems by Sandy Davis based on her memories, experiences and inspirations. The book also includes the writing, photography, and artwork of her nieces, nephews and sons, which is her way of encouraging their talents and inspiring them to go after their dreams. Davis is a full-time student at her local community college.

“The Brooch,” a novella by Joan Ritchey opens, “The dark pink, multifaceted, sapphire brooch sparkles in the window of the pawnshop in Portland, Oregon. Franklin Adams is intrigued, not only by its beauty, but by the irresistible pull that draws him into the shop. He buys the pin for his wife, Johanna, and presents it to her for their fifth wedding anniversary. When Johanna opens the velvet box containing the brooch during a weekend trip to the Oregon Coast, she discovers an inscription etched on the back.” Their search for the pin’s previous owner is a mystery that ties in members of their extended family when they return to Saugerties, New York, for Christmas. Joan (Michalke) Ritchey has also published “From Him… Through My Fingertips,” a collection of poetry.

Ronald A. Kay’s children’s book, “Would You Rather Be A Monkey Or A Tree?” has two audiences: the child, of course, but also the adult. The book’s interactive aspect creates two-way communication between the adult and the child, and between the child and the words. Two types of thinking are woven throughout the text: magical and logical. Magical thinking allows a child to imagine and believe in fantastical things like fairies and talking trees. Logical thinking allows them to make real choices and provides the rational reasons behind those choices. Ron Kay is a retired teacher who still volunteers in the public school system. The illustrations in this book were done by young children.

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May 052012

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Forensic Mystery Master Aaron Elkins to Visit Driftwood

Looking for someone to blame because you can no longer turn on the TV without encountering CSI New York, or CSI Chatanooga or CSI Kuala Lumpur? Look no further. Aaron Elkins started it all back in 1982.

To kick off Driftwood Public Library’s 2012 Adult Summer Reading Club, writer Aaron Elkins, a master of the mystery genre, will be visiting the library on Sunday, June 10th at 3:00 p.m.

Elkins is the creator of the modern forensic mystery, having pioneered the genre in 1982 with Fellowship of Fear, which introduced the Skeleton Detective, Gideon Oliver. The series is still going strong in 2012 after 16 books.

Elkin’s father was a machinist; his mother was a homemaker. Elkins graduated from Hunter College (Manhattan) in 1956 with a Bachelor of Arts, after which he studied at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, earned masters of arts degrees at the University of Arizona (1960) and California State University (Los Angeles) (1962), and, finally, received a doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) in 1976 from the University of California at Berkeley.

Elkins had a multi-year career as a government employee, consultant, lecturer, and teacher in the fields of business, psychology, and anthropology.

Among his awards are a best-novel Edgar (Old Bones) and a Nero Award (Old Scores, also nominated for an Agatha Award). He and his wife Charlotte hold a jointly-awarded Agatha for their short story “Nice Gorilla”. Aaron’s books have been translated into a major ABC-TV series with Louis Gossett, Jr. in the title role (Gideon Oliver [1989]) and have been published in over a dozen languages.

In addition to his forensic novels, Elkins writes a second series featuring art curator-sleuth Chris Norgren, and he and Charlotte have collaborated on five mysteries featuring female golfer Lee Olfsted. In addition, Aaron is the author of Loot, a massively-researched, critically acclaimed novel dealing with modern-day consequences of Nazi art plunder, Turncoat, and most recently, 2011’s The Worst Thing.

Elkins speaks often at professional conferences, has been a frequent contributor to the New York Times’ travel magazine, has written for Smithsonian magazine, and is the author of several short stories and numerous articles on the craft of writing.

Aaron and Charlotte live on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. He keeps his hand in the forensic game by serving as the forensic anthropologist for the Clallam County Cold Case Task Force.

Following Aaron’s presentation, anyone interested (over the age of 17) may sign up to take part in this year’s Adult Summer Reading Club. Details will be available at sign up, or by contacting Ken Hobson at the library.

Elkins’ appearance at Driftwood is a free event and open to anyone who wishes to attend. It is being generously sponsored by The Friends of Driftwood Public Library and by The Looking Glass Inn. Any questions may be directed to Ken Hobson by phone (541-996-1242) or via e-mail ( Driftwood Public Library is located on the 2nd floor of Lincoln City’s City Hall building at 801 SW Highway 101 in Lincoln City, adjacent to the Price and Pride grocery store.

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Apr 272012

Things Rich and Strange, Nye Beach

Steve Chrisman is doing a Book Signing and Reading tonight for his book, “The Unnatural Aging of Cheese, From Partying to Parenthood” at Things Rich and Strange, 255 NW Coast St in Nye Beach, 5-7pm TONIGHT.

Hope you can make it!

You can also view his website at or check it out on to see what it’s about.

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Apr 272012

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Newport Senior Activities Center Announces
Author John Baker to Speak at Lunch & Learn

Baker to Share Lessons from Life

“We all have experiences in our life that really are lessons to be learned,” says Baker, author of a new book, Lost and Found: 75 Lessons from Life. John will share some of those lessons at the Newport Senior Center on Monday, April 30th, at 12:45 at the NSAC’s Lunch & Learn Series.

Baker’s previous book, Camp Adair, was published in 2004. He says about his new book that audiences have related to many of the stories from their own lives and often they tell their stories as well. Copies of both books will be available at the program.

Lunch & Learn is a great way to enjoy your sack lunch and learn new things with other interesting people. For more information, please call 541-265-9617, or come by 20 S.E. 2nd St., and check out our website,

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