Evening with an Author


Beginning in January 2015, the Friends of the North Plains Public Library are sponsoring a new series of programs entitled “An Evening With An Author”. The series will consist of four individual events featuring Northwest authors – with a special emphasis on those residing in, or having a relationship to, Oregon – coming to speak at the North Plains Public Library.

Our series will help increase awareness of the literature and arts programs provided by the North Plains Public Library, building a greater appreciation of the value of arts and heritage in the lives and communities of attendees. It will also provide a platform for local and regional authors to showcase their works and cultural contributions.

All programs are presented free of charge thanks to the Friends of the North Plains Public Library and a generous grant from the Cultural Coalition of Washington County.

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Our first event was held Saturday, January 24th at 7 p.m. at the Library. It featured the works by award winner author, Robin Cody. His published works include both fiction and non-fiction books.

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Cody was born in St. Helens. His family moved to Estacada when he was five and remained there for nearly 50 years. Cody graduated from Yale University, taught in the American School of Paris, France, and was the Dean of Admissions for Reed College. In 1984, he became a writer with The Oregonian. One of his stories won the Western Writers of America Silver Spur Award for short non-fiction in 1986. Cody later joined the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) as a freelance writer. It was during an assignment for BPA that he was inspired to canoe the length of the Columbia River from its source to its mouth. The 82-day trip gave birth to his book, Voyage of a Summer Sun, which won the Oregon Book Award in 1995.

Ricochet River, Cody’s second book, was first published in 1992. It deals with the lives of three high school students in the fictional small town of Calamus, Oregon in the 1960s. Ricochet River was one of one hundred works chosen by the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission “as exemplifying Oregon’s rich literary heritage from the years 1800 to 2000.” The book was made into a 1998 film starring Kate Hudson.

Cody now conducts seminars and workshops in the Portland area, mostly about nature-writing. He spoke about his works, particularly Voyage of a Summer Sun, followed by a “question and answer” period and book signing. Books were available for purchase. This free program was open to the public. Refreshments were served.

Please visit the author’s website for more information: http://www.robincody.net/.

Our second event of “An Evening with an Author” series was held on Saturday, April 25, at 7 p.m. at the Library. Oregon author Lisa Graham McMinn, Ph.D., is a Writer in Residence at George Fox University, where she previously taught Sociology. She writes mostly about sustainable agriculture, contentment, and environmental issues.

Dr. McMinn was invited to discuss her newest book, Dirt and the Good Life. This non-fiction work is both inspiring and challenging and addresses issues to which all of those concerned with living a good life in love and community should be committed.

Life at Fern Creek points toward simplicity, community, compassion, justice, gratitude, generosity, hope, humility, openness, faith, and integrity. The concepts hold such lofty and idyllic connotations when stored as words in the mind. But when connected to Willamette Valley dirt, the words become the underpinning for stories. Each shared life experience is a human-interest story. As Mark and Lisa chronicle life at Fern Creek, their convictions and commitments show through. Their narrative is actually about something more than growing produce for community-supported agriculture subscribers, it s about making choices that enhance life.

For more information please visit the author’s website: http://preservinglifeatferncreek.com/.

Our third event of “An Evening with an Author” series was held on Saturday, July 25, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Library. Oregon author Molly Gloss was our featured speaker.

Molly Gloss is a fourth-generation Oregonian who lives in Portland. She is the bestselling author of The Jump-Off Creek, The Dazzle of Day, Wild Life, The Hearts of Horses and her latest book, published in 2014, Falling From Horses.

Her work has earned numerous awards, including an Oregon Book Award, a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, the PEN West Fiction Prize, the James Tiptree Jr. Award; and a Whiting Writers Award.

For more information please visit the author’s website: http://mollygloss.com/.

Our fourth event of “An Evening with an Author” series was held on Saturday, October 24, 2015 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Library. Oregon author and pediatrician, Dr. Kathy Masarie, was our featured speaker.

Kathy Masarie, M.D., is a sought-after national speaker and facilitator specializing in empowering caring adults with communication and advocacy tools to enhance the lives of children from pre-school through high school. A pediatrician, Dr. Masarie served the medical needs of families in Pennsylvania and Oregon for over two decades. Out of her pediatric practice grew a special interest in preventing risky behavior in teens and the founding of Family Empowerment Network. Through this organization, she offers one-on-one coaching, seminars, workshops, and classes on various topics on raising children including “Compassionate Communication,” “Connect by Coaching Your Kid,” and “Addressing Peer Mistreatment.”

The culmination of her work has been the publication of the books Raising Our Daughters, Raising Our Sons, and the newest: Face to Face: Cultivating Kids’ Social Lives in Today’s Digital World. These parenting discussion guides are aimed at preventing risky behavior and bullying–and creating strong, healthy and thriving families and communities.

The Friends of the North Plains Public Library are proud to have won a grant from the Cultural Coalition of Washington County to help with funding for the 2015 “Evening With An Author” lecture series.

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