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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

Reading Recommendations

Author! Author!

Michael Chabon

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 | 7:00 p.m. | Bend High

Michael Chabon is the author of eight novels as well as two short story collections, two essay collections and a young adult novel. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2001 for his book The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. His novel Wonder Boys was made into a film.

In a New York Times Review, A. O. Scott said of Chabon’s most recent novel, Moonglow, “… this book is beautiful.” Chabon lives in Berkeley, California.

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Mary Roach

Saturday, January 27, 2018 | 7:00 p.m. | Bend High

Mary Roach is the author of seven books, including Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War and Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void. Her writing has appeared in numerous magazines, including Outside, Wired, National Geographic, and the New York Times Magazine. Her article “How to Win at Germ Warfare” was a National Magazine Award finalist, and her book Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers made numerous “Best of” lists. Roach lives in Oakland, California.

Her article “How to Win at Germ Warfare” was a National Magazine Award finalist, and her book Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers made numerous “Best of” lists. Roach lives in Oakland, California.

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Colson Whitehead

Friday, February 16, 2018 | 7:00 p.m. | Bend High

Colson Whitehead is the author of six novels, including The Underground Railroad, for which he won the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction and the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He is also the author of two works of non-fiction and was a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship (the “Genius Grant”) in 2002.

His essays and non-fiction work have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Granta and Harper’s. Whitehead lives in New York City.

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Elizabeth Strout

Friday, March 16, 2018 | 7:00 p.m. | Bend High

Elizabeth Strout is the author of six books, including her 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Olive Kitteridge. Her debut novel, Amy and Isabelle, won the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize.

Her short stories have appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker. Her most recent novel, Anything is Possible, was called “…a shimmering masterpiece of a book” in a review from The Guardian. Strout lives in New York City.

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