The Friends of Driftwood Public Library presents the literary series Oregon Legacy to the community on four Sunday afternoons in January 2016. Each author talk will take place in the reading room at the library at 3:00 p.m, beginning Sunday, January 10.
The series opens on January 10 with a visit from Anna Keesey, whose 2012 debut, the historical novel Little Century, was praised by Paula McLain as a “…novel of stunning beauty… an incredible debut.” Keesey is a graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Keesey teaches English and creative writing at Linfield College in McMinnville.
On January 17, Kathleen Cremonesi will visit to discuss her 2015
memoir, Love in the Elephant Tent. Cremonesi took a circuitous route to
finding her place in the world. In lieu of college, she traveled
America’s “blue highways” in a VW bus while following The Grateful
Dead. When she was ready for a new adventure, she flew off to Europe,
where she accidentally joined a circus, fell in love with the Italian
elephant keeper, and became an ostrich-riding, shark-taming showgirl
while traveling around the Mediterranean. She now lives near Eugene with
her husband, and volunteers at a local animal shelter. She expresses her
creativity through woodworking, leather craft, and ceramic arts.
Oregon Legacy continues on January 24 with a visit from writer Jason
Gurley, author of Eleanor, which will be published just ten days before
he visits. Gurley is a Texas native who has lived in Alaska, Nevada,
Washington and California before finally calling Portland home. He has
worked as a creative director, an art director, a copywriter, and a
freelance designer, and also considers himself an amateur illustrator,
an average drummer, and a not-half-bad first baseman. He began writing
Eleanor in 2001, after having written three other novels with
varying success. He has self-published four novels and a number of short
stories. In 2014 he self-published Eleanor, which was then picked up by
The series finishes on January 31 with a visit from Justin Hocking.
Hocking served as Executive Director of the Independent Publishing
Resource Center (IPRC) from 2006 to mid-2014, and is highly active in
creative community-building, small-press publishing, and the increasing
synthesis of book arts with literary pursuits. His memoir, The Great
Floodgates of the Wonderworld, won the 2015 Oregon Book Award for
Creative Nonfiction. Wonderworld was also a Barnes and Nobel Discover
Great New Writers selection, a Library Journal “Best Books of 2014”
pick, and one of “Ten Brilliant Books That Will Grab You From Page One”
in The Huffington Post and Kirkus Reviews. He is a recipient of the
Willamette Writers’ 2014 Humanitarian Award for his work in publishing,
writing and teaching, and was named as one of “Ten Writers Who Made
Portland” by Willamette Week. His nonfiction and fiction have appeared
in the Rumpus, Orion Magazine, The Normal School, Portland Review,
The Portland Noir Anthology, Poets and Writers Magazine, Swap/Concessions, Rattapallax, and elsewhere.
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
The library is located on the second floor of the Lincoln City
City Hall building at 801 SW Hwy 101 in Lincoln City, just across the
street from Burger King and adjacent to Price and Pride grocery store.
For further information about the Oregon Legacy Series, contact Ken
Hobson at 541-996-1242 or firstname.lastname@example.org.