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Interesting lectures on life and human accomplishments at Lincoln City Library upstairs at City Hall

Lincoln City Library (Driftwood) upstairs at City Hall, just north of Tanger Outlet on 101.

Lincoln City Library (Driftwood) upstairs at City Hall, just north of Tanger Outlet on 101.

OREGON LEGACY 2014

The Friends of Driftwood Public Library will present the literary series Oregon Legacy to the community at 3:00 p.m. on five Sunday afternoons in January and February 2014.

The series opens on January 12 when Sharon Sites Adams visits the library to read from and discuss her book. Adams was the first woman to sail solo across the Pacific Ocean, which she did in 1969, from Yokohama to San Diego in her boat named “Sea Sharp II”. For this feat she was named the Los Angeles Times Woman of the Year in 1969. Adams was born in Washington, but took her first sailing lesson at Marina Del Rey, California in October 1964 at the age of 34. She was the only civilian besides the Captain’s wife on the bridge of the “Queen Mary” when it rounded Cape Horn on its final voyage to Long Beach, California. In 1965 she became the first woman to sail alone from California to Hawaii, which she did in 39 days in her 25-foot folkboat named “Sea Sharp”. In 2008 she published her memoir Pacific Lady. She now resides in Portland.

On January 1, R. Gregory Nokes will visit to discuss his non-fiction work. Nokes retired in 2003 after 43 years in journalism, including 25 years with The Associated Press and 15 years with The Oregonian. While with the AP, he was stationed in New York, San Juan, Buenos Aires, and Washington, D.C., where he served as both an economics and diplomatic correspondent. He traveled to more than 50 countries during his career. Nokes graduated from Willamette University and attended Harvard University as a 1972 Nieman Fellow. Since retiring from journalism, he has embarked on a second career as a writer and lecturer on events in the history of the Pacific Northwest. Nokes and his wife, Candise, live in West Linn, Oregon. His books include Massacred for Gold: The Chinese in Hells Canyon, published in 2009, and Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory, published in Spring 2013.

Oregon Legacy continues on January 26 with a visit from novelist Monica Drake. Drake graduated with an MFA from the University of Arizona and she teaches at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. Her debut novel, Clown Girl, was published by the indie press Hawthorne Books and has won an Eric Hoffer Award as well as an IPPY. It’s been translated into Italian and was recently optioned for film by Kristen Wiig. Her most recent novel is The Stud Book.

Local favorite Matt Love, who has recently relocated to Astoria, will visit on February 2nd. Love is a lifelong educator and publisher of Nestucca Spit Press. He’s the author/editor of ten books about Oregon, including the Beaver State and Newport Trilogies. In 2009, Love won the Oregon Literary Arts’ Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award for his contributions to Oregon history and literature. His latest book is Of Walking in Rain.

The series finishes on February 9 with a visit from Pauls Toutonghi. Toutonghi was born in 1976 to an Egyptian father and a Latvian mother. His writing has appeared in Granta, The New York Times, Zoetrope: All-Story, Sports Illustrated, and numerous other periodicals. He received a Pushcart Prize for his short story, Regeneration, which appeared in The Boston Review in 2000, when Pauls was twenty-three. His first novel, Red Weather, came out from Random House in 2006. It was translated into Latvian and German — and received good reviews in periodicals across the country. After receiving his PhD in English Literature from Cornell University, Toutonghi moved from Brooklyn, New York to Portland, where he now teaches at Lewis & Clark College.

Twenty years ago, Driftwood Public Library completed a move into a new facility at Lincoln Square Civic Center in Lincoln City. To celebrate the library’s new home and to thank the community for all of its support during the transition, The Friends of Driftwood Public Library created a gift for the community. With little resources beyond the income from their occasional book sales, the Friends underwrote the first literary series ever presented in Lincoln County, the Oregon Legacy Series. Each year they have renewed that sponsorship. “For twenty-four hours we treat an Oregon author like a hero, as all authors and artists should be treated,” remarks Sue Jenkins.

All Oregon Legacy presentations are free due to the generous support of The Friends and The D’Sands Condominium Motel, who provide free lodging for each of the visitng writers. Each presentation begins at 3:00 p.m. The library is located on the second floor of the Lincoln Square Civic Center at 801 SW Hwy 101 in Lincoln City. For further information about the Oregon Legacy Series, contact Ken Hobson at 541-996-1242 or kenh@lincolncity.org.

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