Deschutes Public Library News
Second Sunday Celebrates A Novel Idea
Posted By: Liz Goodrich
Date Posted: 4/8/2006
As part of the Deschutes Public Library’s A Novel Idea … Read Together, Portland poet, Carlos Reyes reads at Second Sunday on Sunday, April 9 at 3:00 p.m. in the Brooks Room of the Bend Public Library. The presentation is part of the Novel Idea … Read Together, community-reading project offered by Deschutes Public Library and the Deschutes Public Library Foundation. The program is free and open to the public..
Reyes is a long-time poet, writer and translator. His books of poetry include A Suitcase Full of Crows and At the Edge of the Western Wave. As a translator, his credits include woks by Josefina de la Torre, Edwin Madrid, Selena Millares and Jorge Carrera Andrade. He is currently working on translating a book of haiku by Mario Benedetti. According to American poet, Carolyn Kizer, “Mr. Reyes is one of our local and national treasures. His poetry is as clear and strong as his social conscience. One is always struck by his sensual and sensory qualities: the touch, taste, feel, color of things, and his ability to capture a mood, a world, in a handful of lines.” Formerly the poetry reviewer for Willamette Week in Portland, Reyes maintains an 18th century cottage in Ireland. He is also a frequent visitor to Spain and Ecuador.
During the month of April, the Library will be hosting a variety of events in support of the Novel Idea … Read Together project. The programs are designed to give residents of Deschutes County a context for better understanding this year’s selected novel, González & Daughter Trucking Co. by María Amparo Escandón. The tale of Libertad, her father the truck driver and her fellow inmates at the Mexicali Penal Institution for Women, is a story that has feet planted firmly on both sides of the U.S. and Mexican boarder and explores the themes of family, freedom, redemption and the power of storytelling. For a complete listing of Novel Idea programs, please call 312-1032.