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Linfield alumna to read from new book

Molly Johnson, whose first book was released in October from RainTown Press, will present a reading Monday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

Johnson, a Linfield graduate, will read from her book, Spartacus and the Circus of Shadows. Aimed at young readers, this novel features 13-year-old Spartacus Zander, a boy who believes his human-cannonball mother has been kidnapped by the circus and only he can rescue her. Johnson will also discuss writing her manuscript, the challenges and pleasures of writing for tweens, and how she traveled the distance from finished manuscript to publication.

Johnson began writing for her hometown newspaper in Sisters. A creative writing major while at Linfield, she also wrote movie, restaurant and art reviews for the Linfield Review. She received a master’s from Portland State University and spent a year teaching English in China. She lives in Portland works as a copywriter.

The reading, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Nicholson Library and Linfield English department. For more information, call Susan Barnes Whyte, 503-883-2517, swhyte@linfield.edu.