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Oregon Book Award Authors visit Newport Public Library – Sunday, March 17

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OREGON BOOK AWARD AUTHORS VISIT NEWPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY

The Oregon Book Awards Author Tour is coming to the Newport Library on Sunday, March 17, at 3:00 p.m. Oregon Book Award finalists Kerry Cohen, Aria Minu-Sepehr, Jean Esteve, and Carrie Seitzinger will give readings from their nominated works.

Kerry Cohen has written six books, including three young adult novels. Two of her books are 2013 Oregon Book Awards nominees. Seeing Ezra: A Mother’s Story of Autism, Unconditional Love, and the Meaning of Normal is the memoir of the author’s struggle to protect her son from a system that seeks to compartmentalize and “fix” him.

Jean Esteve grew up on Long Island, studied art at Cornell University’s School of Architecture, and now writes and paints in Waldport, Oregon. Her collection of poetry, Off-Key, is “tender and cutting, and absolutely brilliant,” said Leah Maines, author of Beyond the River. Off-Key is a finalist for the Stafford/Hall Award for Poetry.

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Aria Minu-Sepehr lived in Iran during the overthrow of the Shah, and his family sought refuge in America. Professionally, he has strived to bring a greater understanding of Iran and the Middle East to his new home and to highlight the respect that exists between East and West outside of politics. His book, We Heard the Heavens Then, is a memoir of a boy in revolutionary Iran.

Carrie Seitzinger is a finalist for the Stafford/Hall Award for Poetry for her book Fall Ill Medicine. She is also the author of the poetry chapbook The Dots Don’t Connect.

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Winners of the Oregon Books Awards will be announced on April 8, 2013 at the 26th Annual Oregon Book Awards Ceremony in Portland.

Sponsored by Literary Arts, this program is free and open to the public. It is made possible in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities (OH), a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds OH’s grant program. For more information, go to the library’s website, www.newportlibrary.org.

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