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No One Can Pronounce My Name

“A Novel Idea” kicks off on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Downtown Bend Library. This event will be followed by three weeks of programs that explore and expound upon the themes and ideas found in No One Can Pronounce My Name.

The programming culminates with a free presentation by author Rakesh Satyal on Sunday, May 6, at 4:00 p.m. at Bend High School. Free tickets are required for his talk; they will be made available to the public on April 21 online and in all Deschutes Public Libraries.

Upcoming "A Novel Idea" Events

Full Calendar

  • Feb 2

    1:00 PM - Thursday - SCP Redmond Hotel

    Discuss The River Why by Davis James Duncan.
    New location: SCP Redmond Hotel at 521 SW 6th Street - Meet in the lobby.

    David James Duncan's sweeping novel is a coming-of-age comedy about love, nature, and the quest for self-discovery, written in a voice as distinct and powerful as any in American letters. Gus Orviston is a young fly fisherman who leaves behind his comically schizoid family to find his own path. Taking refuge in a remote cabin, he sets out in pursuit of the Pacific Northwest's elusive steelhead. But what begins as a physical quarry becomes a spiritual one as his quest for self-knowledge batters him with unforeseeable experiences.

    521 SW 6th Street, Redmond, OR 97756

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  • Feb 11

    11:00 AM - Saturday - Meeting Room

    Discuss Listening Still by Ann Griffin.

    Jeanie Masterson has a gift: she can hear the recently dead and give voice to their final wishes and revelations. Inherited from her father, this gift has enabled the family undertakers to flourish in their small Irish town. Yet she has always been uneasy about censoring some of the dead's last messages to the living. Unsure, too, about the choice she made when she left school seventeen years ago: to stay or leave for a new life in London with her charismatic teenage sweetheart. So when Jeanie's parents unexpectedly announce their plan to retire, she is jolted out of her limbo. In this captivating successor to her much-lauded debut, When All Is Said, Anne Griffin portrays a young woman who is torn between duty, a comfortable marriage, a calling she both loves and hates and her last chance to break free.



    Masks are optional at all in-person library events

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  • Feb 22

    5:30 PM - Wednesday -

    Discuss Listening Still by Ann Griffin.
    Join via Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89234370973

    Jeanie Masterson has a gift: she can hear the recently dead and give voice to their final wishes and revelations. Inherited from her father, this gift has enabled the family undertakers to flourish in their small Irish town. Yet she has always been uneasy about censoring some of the dead's last messages to the living. Unsure, too, about the choice she made when she left school seventeen years ago: to stay or leave for a new life in London with her charismatic teenage sweetheart. So when Jeanie's parents unexpectedly announce their plan to retire, she is jolted out of her limbo. In this captivating successor to her much-lauded debut, When All Is Said, Anne Griffin portrays a young woman who is torn between duty, a comfortable marriage, a calling she both loves and hates and her last chance to break free.

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  • Feb 24

    12:00 PM - Friday - Brooks Room

    Discuss L.A. Weather by María Amparo Escandón.

    L.A. is parched, dry as a bone, and all Oscar, the weather-obsessed patriarch of the Alvarado family, desperately wants is a little rain. He's harboring a costly secret that distracts him from everything else. His wife, Keila, desperate for a life with a little more intimacy and a little less Weather Channel, feels she has no choice but to end their marriage. Their three daughters-Claudia, a television chef with a hard-hearted attitude; Olivia, a successful architect who suffers from gentrification guilt; and Patricia, a social media wizard who has an uncanny knack for connecting with audiences but not with her lovers-are blindsided and left questioning everything they know. Each will have to take a critical look at her own relationships and make some tough decisions along the way. With quick-wit and humor, Maria Amparo Escandón follows the Alvarado family as they wrestle with impending evacuations, secrets, deception, and betrayal, and their toughest decision yet: whether to stick together or burn it all down.



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  • Mar 2

    1:00 PM - Thursday - SCP Redmond Hotel

    Discuss The Guide by Peter Heller.
    New location: SCP Redmond Hotel 521 SW 6th Street - Meet in the lobby.

    The bestselling author of The River returns with a heart-racing thriller about a young man who, escaping his own grief, is hired by an elite fishing lodge in Colorado where amid the natural beauty of sun-drenched streams and forests he uncovers a plot of shocking menace.

    Masks are optional at all in-person library events.

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  • Mar 11

    11:00 AM - Saturday - Meeting Room

    Discuss L.A. Weather by María Amparo Escandón.

    L.A. is parched, dry as a bone, and all Oscar, the weather-obsessed patriarch of the Alvarado family, desperately wants is a little rain. He's harboring a costly secret that distracts him from everything else. His wife, Keila, desperate for a life with a little more intimacy and a little less Weather Channel, feels she has no choice but to end their marriage. Their three daughters-Claudia, a television chef with a hard-hearted attitude; Olivia, a successful architect who suffers from gentrification guilt; and Patricia, a social media wizard who has an uncanny knack for connecting with audiences but not with her lovers-are blindsided and left questioning everything they know. Each will have to take a critical look at her own relationships and make some tough decisions along the way. With quick-wit and humor, Maria Amparo Escandón follows the Alvarado family as they wrestle with impending evacuations, secrets, deception, and betrayal, and their toughest decision yet: whether to stick together or burn it all down.

    Masks are optional at all in-person library events

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  • Mar 24

    12:00 PM - Friday - Brooks Room

    Discuss The Guide by Peter Heller.

    The bestselling author of The River returns with a heart-racing thriller about a young man who, escaping his own grief, is hired by an elite fishing lodge in Colorado where amid the natural beauty of sun-drenched streams and forests he uncovers a plot of shocking menace.

    Masks are optional at all in-person library events.


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  • Mar 29

    5:30 PM - Wednesday -

    Discuss The River Why by David James Duncan.
    Join via Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85899607808

    Questions? Email paigeb@deschuteslibrary.org and pick up the book at your local library.

    Gus Orviston is a young fly fisherman who leaves behind his comically schizoid family to find his own path. Taking refuge in a remote cabin, he sets out in pursuit of the Pacific Northwest's elusive steelhead. But what begins as a physical quarry becomes a spiritual one as his quest for self-knowledge batters him with unforeseeable experiences.

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  • Apr 11

    6:00 PM - Tuesday - Becky Johnson Community Center

    Discuss death, free of agenda or ideology, with a friendly group. Ages 16+

    This is an in-person program. Masks are optional at all in-person library events.

    Death Cafés are a growing international movement of people gathering together in a relaxed and safe setting to eat tasty treats, drink tea, and discuss death. Free of agenda or ideology, the aim is to increase awareness of death to help people make the most of their (finite) lives. Not a grief support group, it is no more and no less than a friendly group discussing death. Learn more at https://deathcafe.com/what/.

    Facilitated by Cheryl Adcox RN, an End of Life Doula and experienced Death Café facilitator. Cheryl has been a Registered Nurse since 2003 with a background in Oncology and Hospice care. She received her certification as an End of Life Doula through Quality of Life Care in 2019. She is a graduate of the two year Anamcara Program offered through Sacred Art of Living in Bend, OR and is also a certified facilitator of the Institute of Noetic Science's Conscious Aging Workshops. Furthering her work in the community, Cheryl has offered Death Café's in Bend since October 2018 and also facilitates Living Funeral Ceremonies. Cheryl is committed to quality end of life care and offers compassionate, nonjudgmental support, calming presence, education and advocacy. Visit her website at: https://deathdoulahandinhand.com/.

    Becky Johnson Community Center
    412 SW 8th St, Redmond, OR 97756

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  • Apr 12

    12:00 PM - Wednesday - Meeting Room

    Understand how insects impact the world around us.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are optional at all in-person library events.

    Can you name a dozen types of trees? Flowers? Mammals? Probably.
    Can you name a dozen types of the most abundant animals on earth? Maybe not.

    There are more types of insects on earth than all the other animals and plants combined, yet we know so little about them. Scientists estimate that half of the insects on this planet haven’t even been discovered yet!

    We’re surrounded by tiny critters with fascinating lives that perform critical ecosystem functions. Not only are they feeding larger animals, pollinating flowers, and recycling organic matter, but there are insects that skate on water, form complex societies, mate in mid-air, and live their entire adult lives without eating!

    Insects are hard to appreciate if you don’t know what you’re looking at. Come and learn to identify the common insects of Central Oregon. Then the next time a little critter lands on you, instead of swatting it, you can take a closer look and say, “Oh look, a ___________!” “Wow, have you ever seen antennae like that?”

    After a career working as an entomologist in Virginia, Bermuda, and Oregon, Dan retired to Sunriver. Now an amateur naturalist, he enjoys observing nature at all scales, including the smallest of creatures.

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  • Apr 12

    3:30 PM - Wednesday - Meeting Room

    Understand how insects impact the world around us.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are optional at all in-person library events.

    Can you name a dozen types of trees? Flowers? Mammals? Probably.
    Can you name a dozen types of the most abundant animals on earth? Maybe not.

    There are more types of insects on earth than all the other animals and plants combined, yet we know so little about them. Scientists estimate that half of the insects on this planet haven’t even been discovered yet!

    We’re surrounded by tiny critters with fascinating lives that perform critical ecosystem functions. Not only are they feeding larger animals, pollinating flowers, and recycling organic matter, but there are insects that skate on water, form complex societies, mate in mid-air, and live their entire adult lives without eating!

    Insects are hard to appreciate if you don’t know what you’re looking at. Come and learn to identify the common insects of Central Oregon. Then the next time a little critter lands on you, instead of swatting it, you can take a closer look and say, “Oh look, a ___________!” “Wow, have you ever seen antennae like that?”After a career working as an entomologist in Virginia, Bermuda, and Oregon, Dan retired to Sunriver. Now an amateur naturalist, he enjoys observing nature at all scales, including the smallest of creatures.

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  • Apr 15

    3:00 PM - Saturday - Wild Ride Brew

    Enjoy a unique blend of Irish and American folk rock.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are optional at all in-person library events.

    Five Pint Mary plays a unique blend of Irish and American folk rock. They have been a staple of the Central Oregon music scene since 2011, performing a well-honed brew of spirited music, both traditional and original. Influenced by the old world, pub-style music of Ireland and Scotland, infused with a ripple of American bluegrass. Their members include: Sarah Pollock-Holmes on vocals/guitar/Irish tin-whistles, Matt Gwinup on guitar/mandolin/vocals, Rick Havern on banjo/bouzouki/vocals, and Evan Holmes on the violin.

    Wild Ride Brewing
    332 SW 5th St, Redmond, OR 97756

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  • Apr 17

    5:30 PM - Monday - Brooks Room * Registration Required

    Discuss the healing potential of poetry and write your own.

    This is an in-person program. Registration is required. Masks are optional at all library events.

    Hear how psychologists and poetry therapists understand the healing potential of poetry. Listen as Carol Barrett, local poet, shares a series of poems written to assist her in dealing with the loss of her father.

    Participants will be invited to draft their own poem on the subject of loss and will have an opportunity to share their emerging writing with those assembled. Resources for further reading and potential publishing venues will be provided. Carol Barrett holds doctorates in both Clinical Psychology and Creative Writing. She teaches Poetry and Healing courses for two universities, and has published three volumes of creative work: Calling in the Bones, Drawing Lessons, and Pansies.

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  • Apr 22

    12:00 PM - Saturday - Meeting Room

    Come listen to Irish dance tunes and singsongwriter folks songs.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are optional at all in-person library events.

    Ian's 5-string banjo, 4-string tenor banjo and voice will be accompanied by Collin Rhoton's rhythmic guitar and bass playing. Expect authentic, mildly jazzy folk songs woven together with Irish dance tunes & bodhrán playing. Ian hopes that audiences will walk away with fresh perspective, buoyant spirits, and kind hearts.

    Ian Carrick grew up in Bend and works as a community songleader and music educator throughout the High Desert region. Grounded in his conviction that music is ultimately a communal practice, this year Ian is producing a locally-inspired family-oriented album of folk songs intended to restore relationship with the planet, between one another and within ourselves. Learn more at https://www.iancarrick.net/

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  • Apr 22

    4:00 PM - Saturday - Brooks Room

    Come listen to Irish dance tunes and singsongwriter folks songs.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are optional at all in-person library events.

    Ian's 5-string banjo, 4-string tenor banjo and voice will be accompanied by Collin Rhoton's rhythmic guitar and bass playing. Expect authentic, mildly jazzy folk songs woven together with Irish dance tunes & bodhrán playing. Ian hopes that audiences will walk away with fresh perspective, buoyant spirits, and kind hearts.

    Ian Carrick grew up in Bend and works as a community songleader and music educator throughout the High Desert region. Grounded in his conviction that music is ultimately a communal practice, this year Ian is producing a locally-inspired family-oriented album of folk songs intended to restore relationship with the planet, between one another and within ourselves. Learn more at https://www.iancarrick.net/

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  • Apr 29

    11:30 AM - Saturday - Latino Community Association * Registration Required

    Descubre y desarrolla su voz escrita y aprovecha su creatividad.

    Es un taller presencial. Se requiere registro previo. Uso de una cubreboca es opcional en las programas de la biblioteca.

    Así como cada persona tiene una personalidad propia, cada escrito y escritora tiene potencialmente una voz única a través de la cual le es posible expresarse. Este taller está diseñado para ayudar a quien escribe a descubrir y desarrollar su voz escrita con ejercicios que le ayudarán a encontrar patrones personales de dicción e imaginación, disolver bloqueos, recuperar recuerdos perdidos, aprovechar la riqueza de su creatividad, y explorar mitologías personales. También estudiaremos la voz escrita de dos escritores para ilustrar qué eso que llamamos la voz escrita. A través de la participación activa y relajada, aprenderemos a escuchar nuestra voz escrita y a dejarla salir.

    Este taller es presentado por Deschutes Public Libary Foundation. DPL Foundation trabaja para proporcionar fondos confiables y sostenibles que respalden y mejoren los programas bibliotecarios y los servicios de divulgación que llegan y sirven a todas las personas en el condado de Deschutes.

    Para obtener más información sobre DPL Foundation, visite www.dplfoundation.org.2680 NE Twin Knolls Drive, Bend, OR 97701


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  • Apr 29

    6:00 PM - Saturday - Bend High School

    A Novel Idea, the largest community read program in the state of Oregon, celebrates 20 years of building community one book at a time.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are optional at all in-person library events.

    This event is free by but tickets are required. Tickets will be available at www.dplfoundation.or starting April 10. Two per person.

    A Novel Idea has taken readers around the world and throughout time. We’ve read amazing books, joined in on powerful programming, and had thought-provoking discussions over the last 19 years. Four authors from years past return to honor this special occasion: David James Duncan (2004), María Amparo Escandón (2006), Peter Heller (2014), and Anne Griffin (2020).

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