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Barnes’ memoir selected for MacReads

Kim Barnes’ memoir “In the Wilderness: Coming of Age in Unknown Country,” is this year’s selection for MacReads, a community-wide book reading and discussion that culminates in a presentation by the author.

Schools, book clubs and residents throughout Yamhill County are encouraged to participate in the program, which is in its sixth year. The highlight of the MacReads program is a presentation by Barnes on Wednesday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College. Discussions on the book will be scheduled later this spring and a reception will follow her appearance.

“In the Wilderness: Coming of Age in Unknown Country, ” a memoir focusing on family, religion and the Idaho wilderness, was selected as a finalist for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize.

Barnes is also the author of the novel “Finding Caruso” and “Hungry for the World.” Her essays, stories, and poems have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, MORE magazine and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. Her latest novel, “A Country Called Home,” has received the 2009 PEN USA Literary Award in Fiction and was the Barnes and Noble book-of-the-month club selection in December. She is currently working on a third novel set in Saudi Arabia as well as a collection of personal essays and a screenplay. She teaches creative writing at the University of Idaho and lives with her husband, the poet Robert Wrigley, outside Moscow.

MacReads is designed to create intergenerational conversations with a common book and discussion opportunities. It is sponsored by the Linfield College English Department, Friends of Nicholson Library, Friends of McMinnville Public Library and Third Street Books. It is open to any person or group interested.

Books will be available at Third Street Books in McMinnville. Dates of the community discussions will be announced later. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, director of Linfield’s Nicholson Library, 503-883-2517.