The Deschutes Public Library and the Deschutes Public Library Foundation Are Pleased to Support This Year's Nature of Words Event

Posted By:  Lisa McGean
Date Posted:  10/29/2007

The Nature of Words showcases acclaimed writers in fiction, literary nonfiction and poetry. The festival also includes an awards event for winnners of the Rising Star competition for high school and college-age writers. Venues include:

* Rising Star Creative Writing Competition Awards for Young Writers: October 31st,7:00 p.m., Central Oregon Community College Library Rotunda-free to the public.
* Guest Author Readings and Book Signings: November 1-2, 7:30 p.m., Tower Theatre.
* VIP Reception: November 2, 6:00 pm Umpqua Bank, downtown Bend.
* Guest Author Workshop: November 2 and 3, morning and afternoon, OSU/Cascades Campus and COCC library.
* Dinner and Guest Author Panel Discussion: November 3, 6:30 pm, High Desert Museum.
* Open Mic: November 4, 11:00 am, Bend Public Library, Brooks Room. Free to the public.

The guest author line-up includes:
* Debra Magpie Earling: American Book Award author of "Perma Red".
* Craig Johnson: mystery writer and Wyoming rancher, author of "Cold Dish: Death Without Company".
* Benjamin Percy: short-story writer and former Central Oregonian, author of "Refresh, Refresh".
Literary Nonfiction
* Timothy Egan: National Correspondent for The New York Times and author of "The Worst Hard Time".
* Kathleen Dean Moore: Oregon Book Award winner for "The Pine Island Paradox".
* Ted Kooser: Winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for "Delights and Shadows".
* Pattiann Rogers: author of "Firekeeper, Selected Poems", winner of the 2006 Lannan Award.

Guest author-led workshops will cover an array of topics including:
Timothy Egan - Of Time and Place
Debra Magpie Earling - Match Strike Stories: Lists and story scenarios.
Heather Vogel Frederick - Borrowed Fire: Getting to the Heart of a character.
Craig Johnson - Mapping the Novel: Location, Location, Location.
Ted Kooser - Out of the Ordinary.
Kathleen Dean Moore - The Nature Essay: Practicing the Osprey's Art.
Benjamin Percy - Voices.
Pattiann Rogers - Writing Outside the Box.

More information is available at, via infor@thenatureofwords, or by calling 541.330.4381 or 541.480.3933.

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