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Fall Quarter 2014

Author Brian Doyle

Doyle is the author of 14 books of essays, poems, stories, nonfiction (The Grail, about a year in an Oregon vineyard, and The Wet Engine, about the “muddles & musics of the heart”), and the sprawling novels Mink River and The Plover (April 2014).

Spring Quarter 2014

Author Joshua Howe

Joshua Howe is Assistant Professor of History and Environmental Studies at Reed College. His new book, Behind the Curve: Science and the Politics of Global Warming, explores the political history of climate change since the 1950s, and he continues to work on historical questions about sustainability and the global environment that bridge environmental history, the history of science, and the history of American foreign policy.

Josh earned his Ph.D. in History from Stanford in 2010, and subsequently worked as a postdoctoral fellow with the National Science Foundation’s John Tyndall Correspondence Project at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana until he moved to Portland to take up his position at Reed in the fall of 2012.

Josh writes for a variety of outlets, including Mountain Outlaw Magazine, the Big Sky Weekly, a popular cycling website called Velominati, and has appeared in Climatic Change and Historical Studies of the Natural Sciences.

Author Kevin O'Brien

Before his thrillers landed him on the New York Times Bestseller list, Kevin O’Brien was a railroad inspector. He quit his job in 1997, when his novel, Only Son, was picked up by Readers Digest and also optioned for film, thanks to interest from Tom Hanks. He has been writing full time ever since. The author of 15 internationally-published thrillers, he won the Spotted Owl Award for Best Pacific Northwest Mystery (The Last Victim). He is a core member of Seattle 7 Writers. In May, look for Kevin’s new thriller, Tell Me You’re Sorry.

Winter Quarter 2014

Author Terry Brooks

A writer since the age of ten, Terry Brooks published his first novel, The Sword of Shannara, in 1977. It became the first work of fiction ever to appear on the New York Times Trade Paperback Bestseller List, where it remained for over five months. He has written thirty bestselling novels, movie adaptations of Hook and Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and a memoir on his writing life titled Sometimes the Magic Works. He has sold millions of copies of his books domestically and is published worldwide. His Magic Kingdom series is currently under option at Warner Brothers. The Elfstones of Shannara is scheduled to be adapted as a television series on MTV. His next novel, The High Druid’s Blade, will be published in August 2014.

Poet Carolyne Wright

Carolyne Wright has published nine books of poetry, four volumes of poetry in translation from Spanish and Bengali, and a collection of essays. Her latest book is Mania Klepto: the Book of Eulene.

Previous books include A Change of Maps, and Seasons of Mangoes & Brainfire which won the Blue Lynx Prize and the American Book Award. In 2005 she returned to her native Seattle, where she is on the faculty of the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts’ Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA Program.

Fall Quarter 2013

Author Sarah Thebarge

The Invisible Girls (Jericho Books, 2013).

Spring Quarter 2013

James Zerndt

Hiding the Ball: James Zerndt's fiction most recently appeared in Gray 's Sporting Journal and SWINK Magazine, and his poetry occasionally appears in The Oregonian. His first novel, The Cloud Seeders, is based on a short story that originally appeared in The Salal Review. His second novel, The Korean Word For Butterfly, came out in April.

Langdon Cook

Writing in the Wild: Langdon Cook is a writer, instructor, and lecturer on wild foods and the outdoors. His books include Fat of the Land: Adventures of a 21st Century Forager, which the Seattle Times called "lyrical, practical and quixotic," and forthcoming The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America. Cook has been profiled in Bon Appetit, WSJ magazine, Whole Living, and Salon.com, and his writing has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including Sunset, Gray's Sporting Journal, Outside, The Stranger, and Seattle Magazine. A graduate of Middlebury College (MA) in Vermont and the University of Washington (MFA), he lives in Seattle with his wife and two children. Langdon Cook's website.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning author, poet and teacher. Her honors include an American Book Award, a PEN/Josephine Miles Award, two PEN Syndicated Fiction awards, and a Distinguished Author Award from the South Asian Literary Association. Her work has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories, and a Pushcart Prize anthology. Her sixteen books have been translated into 29 languages. Two novels, The Mistress of Spices and Sister of My Heart, have been made into films. A frequently sought-after op-ed commentator regarding South Asian-American culture, Divakaruni is the Betty and Gene McDavid Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Houston.

Her latest work, Oleander Girl is about seventeen-year-old Korobi Roy, orphaned at birth, the scion of a distinguished Kolkata family who has enjoyed a privileged, sheltered childhood with her adoring grandparents. But she is troubled by the silence that surrounds her parents’ death and clings fiercely to her only inheritance from them: the unfinished love note she found hidden in her mother’s book of poetry. Korobi dreams of one day finding a love as powerful as her parents’, and it seems her wish has come true when she meets the charming Rajat, the only son of a high-profile business family. On the night of their engagement party, Korobi’s grandfather dies of a sudden heart attack. His death reveals the family’s unexpected financial problems as well as a dark secret. This secret will shatter Korobi’s sense of self and will thrust her—against the wishes of her fiancé and his family—out of her sheltered Kolkata life into a courageous and troubled search, in the company of an attractive stranger, across post 9/11America, a country that she finds at once dangerous, unwelcoming and alluring. What she discovers at the end will force her to make the most difficult choice of her life.

Winter Quarter 2013

Alice Derry: Celebrate William Stafford's Birthday

Author Alice Derry focuses on the works of the late poet William Stafford, participants will be encouraged to explore the thread they "don't ever let go of." Attendees can expect to complete exercises, discuss writing, practice presented techniques, and read and analyze poetry. Alice Derry's books include Tremolo, Strangers to Their Courage, Stages of Twilight, Clearwater, Getting Used to the Body and Not As You Once Imagined. Alice Derry's website.

Fall Quarter 2012

Lois Leveen

The Secrets of Mary Bowser: award-winning author Lois Leveen dwells in the spaces where literature and history meet. Her novel, The Secrets of Mary Bowser is based on the true story of a black woman who became a spy for the Union Army during the American Civil War--by pretending to be a slave to the family of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Leveen is a regular contributor to Disunion, the New York Times on-going coverage of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, and her poetry, short humour pieces, and scholarly essays have appeared in literary magazines, anthologies, and on National Public Radio. A former university professor, she frequently gives talks on race, writing, history, and literature at universities, museums, libraries, and conferences throughout the country. Lois Leveen'swebsite

News Story:  Entertainment Briefs: Portland novelist Lois Leveen to read at Longview Library, The Daily News, October 24, 2012

Spring Quarter 2012

Jonathan Case

Comic Book Writer and Artist Jonathan Case is an artist/writer, and member of Periscope Studio in Portland, Oregon. He is the creator of Dear Creature, and the artist of Green River Killer, and is currently at work on several new projects with Dark Horse comics.

Kathleen Flenniken

2012-2014 Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken's new collection, Plume, is a meditation on the Hanford Nuclear Site. Her first book, Famous, won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry, was named a Notable Book by the American Library Association, and was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award.

News Story: Library Corner: As poetry month winds down, sample these powerful verses, The Daily News, April 28, 2012

Irene Martin

Irene Martin is known for her books and articles on Columbia River regional and fisheries history. Her latest book is The Flight of Bumble Bee, the Columbia River Packers Association and a Century in the Pursuit of Fish.

Winter Quarter 2012

Joseph Green

A Machine Made of Words: What Makes the Poem Run? Joseph Green's poems have appeared in literary journals since 1975. Many have been collected in His Inadequate Vocabulary (1986), Deluxe Motel (1991), Greatest Hits 1975-2000 (2001), and The End of Forgiveness (2001). He read mostly from his new book, That Thread Still Connecting Us (2012), available through MoonPath Press.

Kim Stafford

Celebrating William Stafford's Birthday. Kim Stafford is the founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College, and the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, including The Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer's Craft, and Early Morning: Remembering My Father, William Stafford. He is the literary executor for the Estate of William Stafford and teaches at the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology and the Fishtrap Gathering.

Fall Quarter 2011

Mary Doria Russell

Mary Doria Russell began her career as a paleoanthropologist with specialties in bone biology and biomechanics. Her five novels have earned eight awards and been nominated for two more. Mary is the author of The Sparrow, and sequel, Children of God, which explores the drastic consequences of the first contact of well-intentional humans with aliens on their faraway planet; and Doc, based on the historical figure Doc Holliday, four years before the famous shootout at the OK Corral. Mary Doria Russell on Facebook | Mary Doria Russel's websitemarydoriarussell.net

News Story:  Award-winning novelist Mary Doria Russell to speak Wednesday in Longview, The Daily News, October 10, 2011.

Jennifer Blomgren

Jennifer Blomgren is an award winning author of two children's books and a recent novel. Jennifer also illustrates her own line of greeting cards. Jennifer's works include: Where Do I Sleep?, a tranquil bedtime poem featuring animals in their natural habitat that introduce children to the nature and geography of our region; Where Would I Be in an Evergreen Tree?, the story of an ancient tree's life cycle and the variety of plants and animals it supports; and The Tale of Alice's Quilt, a short novel about a young girl who discovers a stack of appliquéd quilt blocks, her first connection to a distant ancestor.

See Jennifer's Twenty-Four Carrot line of greeting cards at theferngallery.com/24carrot

Spring Quarter 2011

Peter Rock

Peter Rock, author of My Abandonment, based on the true story of a 13-year old girl and her father who lived in Forest Park in Portland, Oregon. It explores the themes of homelessness, mental illness and living close to nature. Learn more about Peter Rock: My Abandonment.

Winter Quarter 2011

Lana Hechtman Ayers

Lana Hechtman Ayers led an afternoon writing workshop and read from her poetry. Learn more about Lana Hechtman Ayers.

News Story: Entertainment Briefs: Celebrate William Stafford's birthday with poetry workshop, The Daily News, January 26, 2011

Fall Quarter 2010

Naseem Rakha

Naseem Rakha, author of The Crying Tree, a novel about a mother's grief and how forgiveness can produce unexpected results. Naseem's stories have been heard on NPR's All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Marketplace Radio, Christian Science Monitor, and Living on Earth. Prior to journalism Naseem taught Holistic Resource Management to farmers, ranchers and tribes throughout the US and Canada. Learn more about Naseem Rakha.

News Story: Author of 'Crying Tree' to speak, The Daily News, October 14, 2010

Spring Quarter 2010

Ken Scholes

Ken Scholes is a Writers of the Future contest winner. His first novel, Lamentation, won the RUSA Reading List Award for Best Fantasy of 2009. His short story collection, Long Walks, Last Flights and Other Strange Journeys was a 2008 Endeavor Award finalist. Learn more about Ken Scholes.

News Story:  Novelist Ken Scholes visits library Monday, The Daily News, April 14, 2010

Winter Quarter 2010

Jamie Ford

Jamie Ford: Ford's Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, a New York Times bestseller, is an extraordinary story of commitment and enduring hope set during one of the most conflicted and volatile times in American history. Learn more about Jamie Ford.

This event was part of an array of activities for students and their families held during the 2010 Celebration of Literacy week. It was sponsored by local libraries, service organizations and LCC Transitional Studies, ECED and HOFL Programs.

News Story: Library Corner: Jamie Ford's book is entertaining, relevant to today, The Daily News, February 27, 2010

Floyd Skloot

Floyd Skloot: Skloot's fifteen books include seven collections of poetry. His Selected Poems: 1970-2005 won a Pacific NW Booksellers Award and a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Silver Award. His most recent collection is The Snow's Music, published in 2008 by LSU Press. Skloot's awards include three Pushcart Prizes, the PEN USA Literary Award, two Oregon Book Awards, and two Pacific NW Booksellers Awards. His work has been included in The Best American Essays, Best American Science Writing, Best Food Writing, Best Spiritual Writing, Best of the Best American Science Writing, the Penguin Book of the Sonnet, and many other anthologies. Learn more about Floyd Skloot.

News Story:  Portland Poet to lead free workshop Monday in Longview, The Daily News, January 20, 2010

Fall Quarter 2009

Nena Baker

Nena Baker's recent book The Body Toxic spells out surprising answers every consumer wants to know (but chemical companies would rather you didn't). The Body Toxic is powerful argument for urgent reforms to our nation's notoriously toothless toxics laws, and a clarion for greener, cleaner chemicals in consumer products.

News Story:  Author, former investigative reporter Nena Baker to give writing workshop, reading at LCC, The Daily News, October 8, 2009

Spring Quarter 2009

John Daniel

John Daniel has won many literary awards including two Oregon Book Awards in Literary Nonfiction. His latest novel,The Far Corner: Northwestern Views on Land, Life, and Literature, is a collection of personal essays.

Molly Gloss

The Hearts of Horses, was this year's Cowlitz Reads choice.