OREGON LEGACY 2015
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 2015.
The series opens on January 4 when Renaissance woman Christine McKinley visits the library to talk about her book Physics for Rock Stars. McKinley is both a mechanical engineer and a musician. She has played bass guitar with the band Dirty Martini, and currently plays with the trio Swan Sovereign. She hosts the show Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on The History Channel and previously hosted Under New York on Discovery Channel. Last Winter she released the soundtrack to a musical she wrote called Gracie and the Atom, and is currently working on another musical about the “war of currents” between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla. Physics for Rocks Stars, an attempt to explain the science for ordinary folk, is her first book and was released in June last year.
On January 11, Montana native Smith Henderson will visit to discuss his debut novel, Fourth of July Creek. Henderson is the recipient of the 2011 PEN emerging Writer Award in fiction, and was the Phillip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell University the same year. His short story, “Number Stations”, won a Pushcart Prize and was a finalist for the University of Texas Keene Prize, where he was a Michener Center for Writing Fellow. He currently works at the Wieden + Kennedy advertising agency in Portland.
Oregon Legacy continues on January 18 with a visit from writer Steve McQuiddy, author of Here on the Edge: How a Small Group of World War II Conscientious Objectors Took Art and Peace from the Margins to the Mainstream. McQuiddy writes and lectures on the eccentric margins of our history and culture. He has won awards for his feature writing from the Society of Professional Journalists, and he has written for Salon, Mother Jones, and the Seattle Times. His monograph, The Fantastic Tale of Opal Whiteley, has been widely cited and reprinted, and he was a featured commentator on the topic for Oregon Public Broadcasting. He is an honorary director of the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission, and currently teaches writing at Lane Community College in Eugene.
Short Story writer and essayist Scott Nadelson will join us on January 25th. Nadelson is the author of three short story collections: Aftermath, The Cantor’s Daughter and Saving Stanley. He recently published a collection of autobiographical essays, The Next Scott Nadelson. A winner of the Oregon Book Award for short fiction, the Reform Judaism Fiction prize, and the GreatLakes Colleges New Writers Award, he teaches creative writing at Willamette University and in the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA Program at Pacific Lutheran University. He lives in Salem.
The series finishes on February 1st with a visit from novelist Tom Spanbauer. The critically acclaimed author is the founder of Dangerous Writing. Spanbauer’s five published novels Faraway Places, The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon, In The City Of Shy Hunters, Now Is The Hour, and I Loved You More, are notable for their combination of a fresh and lyrical prose style with solid storytelling. As a teacher his innovative approach combines close attention to language with a large-hearted openness to what he calls ‘the sore place’–that place within each of us that is the source for stories that no one else can tell. His introductory workshop is an underground legend among emerging writers in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. The community of writers that has formed around him is dedicated to the proposition that “Fiction is the lie that tells the truth truer.”
Twenty-one 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 visiting 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.