Drake to discuss latest book at Linfield reading

Monica Drake, photo by bellen drakeMonica Drake, author and associate professor of liberal arts at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, will discuss her latest novel, “The Stud Book,” Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room at Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

“The Stud Book,” which was published by Hogarth Books in April, examines the lives of a group of friends in Portland as they explore the hardships of raising a child and the difficulties of adulthood. Each of the friends has their own relationship with children, whether it is raising a newborn, teaching sex-ed to high school kids, guiding a teenage daughter or wanting to become a mother.

Drake, who lives in Portland, holds a master’s of fine arts in creative writing from the University of Arizona. Her writings are frequently published by the Oregonian and other Northwest newspapers. Her first book, “Clown Girl,” won an Eric Hoffer Award, an Independent Publishers Book Award and has been optioned for a film by actress Kristin Wiig of Saturday Night Live fame.

The event, part of the Readings at the Nick series, is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Nicholson Library and the Linfield College English Department. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, director of Linfield libraries, 503-883-2517.