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Voices

The Deschutes Public Library is a forum for information and ideas and serves as your community’s gathering space for people of all origin, age, background and views. We encourage you to discover your voice and to listen to the voices of others within your community, and beyond, as they share ideas, concerns and aspirations.

The library provides materials and information presenting varied points of view on current and historical issues. The library’s free resources, services and programs are available for the enlightenment of all residents in Deschutes County. Join in and connect at our monthly programs, the Author! Author! literary series, the monthly book clubs, and so much more at your local library.

Over the last year we've heard a lot about personal “echo chambers,” wherein we often read information that reinforces our existing points of view. Would you like to challenge the echo chamber? One of our free online resources can help you do just that: Opposing Viewpoints in Context. From free trade to immigration, and cloning to gun control, you’ll find nearly 500 contemporary controversies and hot topics---all approached from multiple viewpoints, and through a variety of voices.

Opposing Viewpoints

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Katherine Boo

Author! Author!

Katherine Boo is a staff writer at The New Yorker and a former reporter and editor for The Washington Post. Over the years, her reporting from disadvantaged communities has been awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, a MacArthur “genius” grant, and a National Magazine Award for Feature Writing. In 2012 she won the National Book Award for Nonfiction for her book Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity.

Dave Eggers

Author! Author!

Dave Eggers is the author of more than ten books, including most recently Heroes of the Frontier; Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?; The Circle; and A Hologram for the King, which was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2001 for his best-selling memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. He is the founder of McSweeney’s, an independent publishing company that produces books, a quarterly journal of new writing and a monthly magazine. Eggers is the co-founder of 826 National, a network of seven tutoring centers around the country and ScholarMatch, a nonprofit organization designed to connect students with resources, schools and donors to make college possible.

Author! Author! is the Deschutes Public Library Foundation's visiting author literary series. Author! Author! brings our country's top authors to Bend for a lively discussion of the author's current works, literature and writing process.

Anthony Doerr

Author! Author! February 24, 2017 7:00 p.m. Bend High

Anthony Doerr is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All the Light We Cannot See. He is also the author of two story collections Memory Wall and The Shell Collector, the novel About Grace, and the memoir Four Seasons in Rome. He has won four O. Henry Prizes, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award, the National Magazine Award for fiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Story Prize.

Author! Author! is the Deschutes Public Library Foundation's visiting author literary series. Author! Author! brings our country's top authors to Bend for a lively discussion of the author's current works, literature and writing process.

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Siddhartha Mukherjee

Author! Author! April 10, 2017 7:00 p.m. Bend High

Siddhartha Mukherjee won the Pulitzer Prize for his book Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer. His other books include The Laws of Medicine and his latest work THE GENE: An Intimate History. Mukherjee is an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University and a cancer physician and researcher. A Rhodes scholar, he graduated from Stanford University, University of Oxford, and Harvard Medical School. He has published articles in Nature, The New England Journal of Medicine, The New York Times, and Cell.

Author! Author! is the Deschutes Public Library Foundation's visiting author literary series. Author! Author! brings our country's top authors to Bend for a lively discussion of the author's current works, literature and writing process.

Get tickets to see Siddhartha Mukherjee

A Novel Idea

Deschutes Public Library is pleased to announce Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi as the 2017 “A Novel Idea…Read Together” selection. Homegoing’s selection as the fourteenth annual community read was announced at a public unveiling on December 2 at the Downtown Bend Library.

“A Novel Idea” is the largest community read program in the state of Oregon. Last year thousands of residents read, discussed and attended free cultural and author events at the Library’s six branches and at partnering businesses. With this year’s selection of Homegoing, the Library is anticipating the highly successful program’s continued growth.

Novel Idea

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