October 2016 – Writing & Book Events at Eugene Public Library
All events free. More information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library.
Writer Seth Kantner – Sunday, October 2, 2 p.m. , Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive / Seth Kantner was born in a sod igloo in the Brooks Range of northern Alaska and has spent five decades living a subsistence life above the Arctic Circle. He will read from his award-winning and critically acclaimed works, discuss the Native lifestyle in which he was raised, and talk about the monumental upheaval that both climate and culture change have brought to the region. His presentation will be illustrated with images of the Arctic: the land, ice, animals, and people of his home. Featured will be passages from Kantner’s novel “Ordinary Wolves,” his memoir “Shopping For Porcupine,” and his newest non-fiction book, “Swallowed by the Great Land.” Seth Kantner is a commercial fisherman, writer, and wildlife photographer. He was born and raised in northern Alaska and his art reflects his love for this land and the animals who live on it, and his belief in the importance of wildness left wild. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of the UO Duck Store. Free. Information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library.
Pioneer Girl: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Annotated Autobiography / A talk by editor Pamela Smith Hill / Saturday, October 15, 2 p.m. , Downtown Eugene Public Library / Pamela Smith Hill, editor of the bestselling annotated autobiography “Pioneer Girl” by Laura Ingalls Wilder, will speak at the Downtown Eugene Public Library on Saturday, October 15, 2:00 p.m. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of the UO Duck Store. In addition to the annotated “Pioneer Girl,” Pamela Smith Hill is the award-winning author of the biography “Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Writer’s Life” and three young adult novels. She grew up in the Missouri Ozarks, forty miles from Wilder’s Rocky Ridge Farm, and launched her professional writing career in South Dakota. She has taught creative and professional writing at universities in Oregon, Washington, and Colorado. She lives in Portland, Oregon. Free. Information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library.
Windfall Reading: Ritter and Tennant / Tuesday, October 18, 6 p.m. , Downtown Eugene Public Library / This month’s Windfall Reading features Young Adult novelist William Ritter and poet Colette Tennant. William Ritter is the author of the bestselling “Jackaby” series of Young Adult novels. In addition to writing, he teaches Mythology and Creative Writing to high school students. He appears as part of Lane Literary Guild’s “More Voices” project, made possible in part by a small grant from Lane Arts Council with support from City of Eugene Cultural Services. / Colette Tennant is the author of two poetry collections, “Eden and After” and “Commotion of Wings.” Her work is widely published in journals and her poem “Smaller” was nominated for a 2014 Pushcart Prize. Tennant has served as the Vice President of the Oregon State Poetry Association and teaches at Corban University in Salem. / 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. Free. Information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library.
Echoes of the Revolution: Ireland’s 1916 Rising After 100 Years / Wednesday, October 19, 6 p.m. , Downtown Eugene Public Library / Join the University of Oregon’s Mark Quigley for a talk about the complex legacies of Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising, including W.B. Yeats’ poem memorializing the event. In this centennial year, events are being held in Ireland and around the world to reflect on the many different ways the Easter Rising has been remembered and understood. Mark Quigley is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Oregon and an expert in twentieth-century Irish literary and cultural history. He is the author of “Empire’s Wake: Postcolonial Irish Writing and the Politics of Modern Literary Form” and is currently writing a book on Ireland and the First World War. Free. Information: 541-682-5450 or www.eugene-or.gov/library.