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Oregon Writers’ Collective Reading

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National Women’s Month Reading at Tsunami

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Windfall Reading at Eugene Public Library

Windfall Reading: Barbara Drake and Nick Jaina
Tuesday, February 16, 5:30 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive. Free.
This month’s readers are just-announced 2016 Oregon Book Awards finalists for Creative Nonfiction, Barbara Drake and Nick Jaina.

Barbara Drake’s honored collection of essays is “Morning Light: Wildflowers, Night Skies, and Other Ordinary Joys of Oregon Country Life.” Her previous nonfiction collection “Peace at Heart” was also an Oregon Book Award finalist. She has published several collections of poetry, most recently “Driving One Hundred.” A Linfield College Professor Emeritus, Drake wrote a college textbook, “Writing Poetry,” which has been widely used for decades.

Nick Jaina, best known as a musician, composer, and writer, has been recognized for his first book, the memoir “Get It While You Can.” In it, he explores fear, freedom, heartbreak, and what it means to be a successful artist. Jaina is co-founder and musical director of the Satellite Ballet and Collective in New York City and has written a column about his touring and other adventures for Willamette Week.

Literary Arts’ annual Oregon Book Awards celebrate excellence in Oregon writing, support emerging and established writers, and build community. The Windfall Reading Series is sponsored by Eugene Public Library, Lane Literary Guild, Friends of Eugene Public Library, and Eugene Public Library Foundation. Refreshments served at intermission.

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Third Saturday Reading Series at Tsunami

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February Events at Eugene Public Library

February 2016 – Writing and Book Events at Eugene Public Library
All events free. More information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library.
Naked Shakespeare
Saturday, February 6, 3:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive. Free.
Director and actor Judith “Sparky” Roberts will talk about the art of artifice in Shakespeare’s plays, in a presentation illustrated with performances by professional actors Joe Cronin, Dylan Skye Kennedy, Richard Leebrick, Marcee Long, and Patrick Torelle. Discover how Shakespeare entices the audience to revel in “the momentary trick.” Explore how he lays bare the illusions of theatre while using lures both obvious and subtle to engage the audience’s collusion, unleashing their “imaginary forces.”  
 
The First Folio was published in 1623, just seven years after the writer’s death, with the title “Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies.” It is the only source of 18 of his 38 plays including “The Tempest,” “Macbeth,” “Twelfth Night,” and “As You Like It.”
 
In 2016, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, original First Folios will tour for display in every state in the nation plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. The University of Oregon’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene was chosen as the single Oregon site. Between January 6 and February 7, visitors to the museum will be able to see the exhibit with free admission, as well as participate in related events on campus and in the community.
 
The national tour “First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare” is a traveling exhibition from the Folger Shakespeare Library, in partnership with the Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association. For a calendar of all events in connection with the exhibit, visit jsma.uoregon.edu/Shakespeare.
 
Windfall Reading: Barbara Drake and Nick Jaina
Tuesday, February 16, 5:30 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive. Free.
This month’s readers are just-announced 2016 Oregon Book Awards finalists for Creative Nonfiction, Barbara Drake and Nick Jaina.
Barbara Drake’s honored collection of essays is “Morning Light: Wildflowers, Night Skies, and Other Ordinary Joys of Oregon Country Life.” Her previous nonfiction collection “Peace at Heart” was also an Oregon Book Award finalist. She has published several collections of poetry, most recently “Driving One Hundred.” A Linfield College Professor Emeritus, Drake wrote a college textbook, “Writing Poetry,” which has been widely used for decades.  
Nick Jaina, best known as a musician, composer, and writer, has been recognized for his first book, the memoir “Get It While You Can.” In it, he explores fear, freedom, heartbreak, and what it means to be a successful artist. Jaina is co-founder and musical director of the Satellite Ballet and Collective in New York City and has written a column about his touring and other adventures for Willamette Week.
Literary Arts’ annual Oregon Book Awards celebrate excellence in Oregon writing, support emerging and established writers, and build community. The Windfall Reading Series is sponsored by Eugene Public Library, Lane Literary Guild, Friends of Eugene Public Library, and Eugene Public Library Foundation. Refreshments served at intermission.
 
Tween Scene
Thursday, February 25, 4:00 5:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive. Free.
This month’s book is “Schooled” by Gordon Korman.  A novel about Cap, who’s always been homeschooled by his hippie grandmother, and his adventures when he suddenly must attend regular middle school. For grades 4 – 6. Pre-register and pick up the book at the Children’s Center starting February 1.
 
Teen Book Group
Thursday, February 25, 4:00-5:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
This month’s book is “I’ll Give You the Sun” by Jandy Nelson. It’s a story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time and different points of view, by artists Jude and her twin brother Noah.  For ages 13 – 17.
 

 

Writing Contest for Valentine’s Day

Write to Me about Love Inc. sends the following contest info:

2016 Debut Contest – OPEN for SUBMISSIONS until Midnight, Valentine’s Day, Feb 14, 2016

EXPLORE LOVE IN OUR FIRST LITERARY CONTEST:
Fiction (maximum 2,000 words)*
Non-fiction (maximum 2,000 words)*
Poetry (1-3 poems per single submission) (total maximum 75 lines)*

FIRST PRIZE: $1000.00 CAD (per category) plus a full manuscript review** by the literary agency The Rights Factory;
THREE HONOURABLE MENTIONS PER CATEGORY: Guaranteed publication in donttalktomeaboutlove.com.

What does LOVE mean to you? We want your fiction, non-fiction and poetry exploring love in any of its myriad expressions: romantic, platonic, parental, and much, much more. We know there is a whole world of love out there, and we want to read about it.

Details: http://www.donttalktomeaboutlove.com/contest/

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