Deschutes Public Library News
Award Winning Author Molly Gloss Visits Bend
Posted By: Liz Goodrich
Date Posted: 8/27/2003
Award-winning author Molly Gloss visits the Bend Library on Sunday, September 7th at 2:00 p.m. in the Library Admin Conference Room. Seating is limited. Doors open at 1:15 p.m.
"I write to please myself, for the most part," says Gloss. "I try to write a book that I can't find on the shelf.” Gloss, a fourth generation Oregonian who lives in Portland, is the recipient of numerous awards for her works of fiction. Her fourth novel “Wild Life,” set in the mountains and woods of 1905 Washington, has won the James Tiptree, Jr. Award and was chosen as the 2002 selection for “If All of Seattle Read the Same Book.” Her work frequently explores questions of landscape, and the relationship between human beings and their environment. “One of the questions I always seem to be holding in my hand is the question of the human response to wilderness. One of the other questions has to do with community. What is a community? And when you form a community, who are you excluding?"
Gloss didn't start writing seriously until she was 35. Now 55, she confesses that she always liked writing, but that she "grew up in a period when smart girls were encouraged to be teachers or nurses. Nobody ever told me I could be a writer." After graduating from Portland State University in 1966 with a degree in social science and English, Gloss married and taught briefly at a junior high school. She sold her first short story, the result of journals kept after the birth of her son Ben, in 1981. Since then she has authored four works of fiction, more than two-dozen short stories, essays and book reviews.
This program is free and open to the public. For more information about this or other library programs, please call 312-1032.