Deschutes Public Library News
Oregon Book Awards Author Tour
Posted By: Liz Goodrich
Date Posted: 8/5/2006
Deschutes Public Library is pleased to the Oregon Book Awards Author Tour to the Brooks Room on Friday, August 11 at 6:30 p.m. During the program, winners and runners up of the 2005 award will read from their prize winning works. Books will be available for sale following the reading. This program is free and open to the public.
Presenting will be award finalists and award winners:
Deborah Hopkinson, finalist in children’s literature for Apples to Oregon (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
Barry Lopez, winner in short fiction for Resistance (Alfred A. Knopf)
Maxine Scates, finalist in poetry for Black Loam (Cherry Grove Collections)
Michael Strelow, finalist in the novel for The Greening of Ben Brown (Hawthorne Books)
Deborah Hopkinson writes children’s literature that is based on American historical events (www.deborahhopkinson.com). She lives in Corvallis and is the Director of Foundation Relations for the Oregon State University Foundation.
Barry Lopez, five-time Oregon Book Award finalist (including two wins), is perhaps best known for his National Book Award-winning Arctic Dreams. He has written dozens of essays and fiction since then, and has risen to national prominence as a writer of landscape and identity (www.barrylopez.com).
Maxine Scates travels between Eugene and Portland to teach at Reed College. She’s received support from Literary Arts in the form of two fellowships and an Oregon Book Award in 1990 for Toluca Street (www.cherry-grove.com/scates.html).
Michael Strelow teaches English at Willamette University in Salem. The Greening of Ben Brown is his debut novel (www.hawthornebooks.com/catalogue/excerpt/5/).
The Oregon Book Awards Author Tour currently brings authors to bookstores and libraries in communities throughout the state, and is a highlight for local readers.
The Oregon Book Awards is a program of Literary Arts, a statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the importance of language as a means to express, explore and experience the world in which we live. Other programs of Literary Arts are Oregon Literary Fellowships, Portland Arts & Lectures, Poetry Downtown, Poetry In Motion®, Writers in the Schools and Delve: Readers’ Seminars. For more information, please contact Barbara Verchot at 503.227.2583 or visit www.literary-arts.org.
The Oregon Book Awards Author Tour is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oregon Cultural Trust, investing in Oregon’s arts, humanities and heritage. Additional support is provided by Brian Booth & Gwyneth Gamble Booth, Betty Bradshaw, Leslie Bradshaw Endowment Fund, The Collins Foundation, Gray Family Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation, Robert H. & Cecelia Huntington Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation, The Ruth Manary Fund of The Samuel S. Johnson Foundation, Walt Morey Endowment Fund, Multnomah County Library, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Center for the Book at the Oregon State Library, Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, Regional Arts & Culture Council and the Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust.
Local support comes from the Harney County Library, Silver Spur Motel, Book Parlor, Deschutes Public Library, Arts Central, Paulina Springs Books, Phoenix Inn Suites and Judy Montgomery.
For information about this or other library programs, please call 312-1032 or visit www.dpls.us.