Three Local Dancing Moon Press Authors featured at book release party, August 2 at Cafe Mundo
On Saturday afternoon, August 2, from 3 to 5 p.m., Dancing Moon Press will be hosting a book release party and live readings by three local authors at Cafe Mundo, 209 NW Coast Street in the Nye Beach area of Newport. Books will be available for sale and autographing. Light refreshments will be available.
Catherine Rickbone, Executive Director of the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, will be reading from her new poetry collection, “What She Knows.” Catherine’s first book of poetry, “Labyrinth Dance,” was also published by Dancing Moon Press. She has taught poetry and creative writing at the high school level, uniting the visual arts and poetry, and American Literature and speech at the community college level, as well as composition at the university level.
“In “What She Knows,” Catherine Rickbone collects five sections of poems that chronicle a “…family tree of regrets and recriminations.” Although they recount difficult, daunting experiences, Rickbone’s poems call on wisdom and wit to offer readers their “…moments of salvation.” – Paulann Petersen, Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita.
Deborah Trusty, Director of the Toledo Public Library, will be reading from her book, “The Kid From Valsetz: Donald A. Davis, the first City Manager of Newport, Oregon.” Don Davis served as City Manager from for almost 30 years, retiring in 1991. This book is not only the life story of the man most responsible for what is good about Newport, it also provides an education in how to run a city when the highest priority is doing what is best for the people.
From the back cover: “On October 1, 1962, the day Don showed up for his first day of work, no one had told the city’s staff he’d been hired. Ernie Zurbuchen, the city recorder/municipal judge welcomed him with the challenge, ‘Who are you?’ Don answered that he was the new City Manager and he was trying to locate his office. He was given a small room just to left of the entrance to the building, which he shared with Henry E. Miller, the halftime building inspector. Henry was a carpenter and so they built a wall between Miller’s counter and Don’s area. For furnishings, Don found a couple of old chairs and an oak desk that had been left in storage.
“At my first council meeting I was told, ‘We are passing two resolutions tonight. The first gives you the power to write checks, but there isn’t any money. The other is that we are disbanding all our committees.’” — Don Davis.
Carla Perry, owner of Dancing Moon Press, will be reading from her new poetry collection, “Wanderlust.” “I’ve done a lot of wandering – and just got back from a 30-day Amtrak adventure of readings set up by FootHills Publishing in upstate New York. I’ve come to the conclusion that you are only who you appear to be when you show up, and it’s true, you can’t go home again, but you can visit and reminisce.
My new book of my poetry and photographs has four sections—Section 1: Wanderlust, which covers the years after leaving New York City, stopping for college and marriage in the Midwest, ending up in Oregon. Section 2 is named Oregon Lust, which reflects the love I feel for the natural beauty and the spirit of the people in this state. Section 3 is Just Plain Lust, which is self-explanatory. Section 4 is Bloodlust, which is what happens when love goes bad. The poems are mini-stories of real people and real events.” –Carla Perry.
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