Second Sunday Reading

Posted By:  Liz Goodrich
Date Posted:  11/6/2005

Deschutes Public Library is pleased to host the monthly Second Sunday Readings on Sunday, November 13, 2005 at 3:00 p.m. This months reading will be in the Brooks Room of the Bend Public Library. This event is free and open to the public.

The monthly readings are the result of the efforts of local writers and poets who felt the need to gather to share their work and their love of writing. Each month has a focus and a featured reader. The gatherings end with an open mic time where anyone willing can share original pieces.

This month’s reading features award winning author, Gina Ochsner. Ochsner's stories have appeared in The New Yorker and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. She has received the Raymond Carver Prize and the Chelsea Award for Short Fiction. Her first collection, The Necessary Grace To Fall, won the Flannery O'Connor Aw3ard for Short Fiction as well as the Oregon Book Award for Short Fiction. Her newest collection of short stories, People I Wanted to Be, is set mostly in the former Soviet Union. Her remarkable stories, which draw from folklore and myths, are full of flawed, sympathetic characters searching for human connection.

Only thirty-four, Ochsner has worked as a substitute teacher, in an auto body shop, as a dog walker, as a waitress and in many other jobs. She lives in Keizer, Oregon with her husband and four children.

For more information about the Second Sunday readings, please call 419-2389. For more information about other library programs, please call 312-1032.

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