Literary Events at Eugene Public Library

October 2016 – Writing & Book Events at Eugene Public Library

All events free.   More information: 541-682-5450 or

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

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

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

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

Lane Writers Reading Series – Sept. 25

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Windfall Reading Series – September 20

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Poetry for the People – Martha Gatchell

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Lane Arts Council’s Fiesta Cultural

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Four Windfall Readings


Literary Events at Eugene Public Library

Writing and Book Events at Eugene Public Library in September 2016  
Free.  More information:  541-682-5450  or .
Artist Eric Mindling: Living Threads – Saturday, September 3, 12:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
In connection with Lane Arts Council’s Fiesta Cultural, an illustrated talk by artist Eric Mindling based on his upcoming book “Living Threads.” Over a two-year period, Mindling took photographs of people and community fashion in more than 65 villages in Oaxaca, Mexico. His presentation is a visual journey into these ancient, living civilizations and cultures. Mindling will share tales of his travels as he worked to capture, honor, and preserve the rich cultural story of the Oaxacan people and their traditional dress. Born in the U.S., author and photographer Eric Mindling has lived and worked in Oaxaca, Mexico since 1992.
Download Books, Music, and More – Free! -Tuesday, September 13, 5:30 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
Have fun and save money: learn how to get free downloadable and streaming eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, music, movies, and TV shows from Eugene Public Library. See an onscreen overview of online services Library2Go, Hoopla, Zinio, OneClick, and Freegal, plus take-home instructions and troubleshooting tips. These services offer tens of thousands of titles and are available at the Library website from home or on the road. Bring yourself and your curiosity; no device needed.
Make a Book –Sheldon Branch Library:  Saturday, September 17, 2:00 p.m.
Downtown Library:  Monday, September 19 ,  6:00 p.m.
Bethel Branch Library:  Tuesday, September 20, 6:00 p.m.
Adults and teens: learn how to handcraft a hardcover book using basic folding and stitching skills. This book design features removable pages, perfect for a journal or sketchbook to use and refill. 

Jack Ohman: Political Cartoonist and Writer -Sunday, September 18, 2:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
Celebrate freedom of expression with Pulitizer Prize-winning political cartoonist Jack Ohman at an important and entertaining illustrated talk in honor of Banned Books Week.  Among those concerned about censorship, newspaper cartoonists rank high. With a constant flood of feedback about their work from readers and publishers, cartoonists directly experience others’ impulses to censor messages that are disagreed with, feared, or not understood.   Jack Ohman won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning, and was a finalist in 2012. He is a nationally syndicated political cartoonist and writer known for his commitment to free speech, including in response to the “Charlie Hebdo” attacks in France in 2015.   Ohman’s work is syndicated to 200 newspapers and is especially familiar to local readers due to his long tenure at The Oregonian.   He is currently the editorial cartoonist for The Sacramento Bee, as well as an associate editor, writing a weekly column and several editorials each week.   Ohman has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the Scripps Howard Award, the National Headliner Award, the Overseas Press Club Award, and two first place Best of The West Awards. He was a finalist for the Herblock Prize in 2013. He is a former president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists.
Tanya Peterson: To Thine Own Self Be True -Thursday, September 22, 6:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10 th  & Olive
Celebrate Self-Awareness Month with a talk by Tanya J. Peterson about how to “know yourself and own your life.” She encourages the exploration of questions such as “Who am I? What do I want? How do I want to be in my life?” Peterson’s talk draws on her own life experience, her background as a counselor, her mental-health-themed novels, and her upcoming self-help book. She encourages the development and use of self-awareness to “create a life worth living.”  A counselor and writer for the “Anxiety-Schmanxiety” blog, Tanya Peterson is the author of four novels including “My Life in a Nutshell,” which was named a 2014 Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews. Her other critically acclaimed novels are “Twenty-Four Shadows,” “Leave of Absence,” and “Losing Elizabeth.”
Tween Scene -Thursday, September 29,  4:00 p.m.,  Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
This month’s book is “We the Children” by Andrew Clements. This fast-paced novel tells the story of sixth graders excited about the town’s new amusement park – until they realize the cost to the  community and decide to fight for what’s right. For grades 4 through 6. Pre-register and pick up the book at the Children’s Center starting  September 1.
Teen Book Group -Thursday, September 29, 4:00 p.m.,  Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive
This month’s book is “The Alex Crow” by Andrew Smith. This novel weaves together multiple storylines that transcend time and space, with protagonists including an adopted refugee, a schizophrenic bomber, a failed arctic expedition, and a bionic, reincarnated crow. Visit the Downtown Teen desk starting  September 1 to pre-register and pick up your copy.