Ochsner will read from, "The Necessary Grace to Fall," a collection of short stories. The book also received the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, one of the nation's most prestigious literary honors. Although this collection is Ochsner's first published volume, most of the stories in it have been published earlier in literary journals.
The 11 stories move from the Czech Republic to Alaska, from Siberia to West Texas as they stake out territories straddling the border between life and death. Ochsner's interest in folklore and myth often suffuse these stories of visitations, crossings, partings and second chances.
Ochsner is an Oregon native, born and raised in Salem. She graduated from McKay High School and Salem Academy before attending George Fox University, Iowa State University and the University of Oregon, where she received a Masters of Fine Arts.
Her stories have appeared in publications such as "Prairie Schooner," "Iron Horse Review," and "Phoebe" and have received numerous awards, including the Ruth Hindman Foundation Prize, the Raymond Carver Prize and Chelsea Award for Short Fiction. Her current writing projects include a novel and an encyclopedic lexicon of myth, fable and fiction set in 16th century Romania.
The reading is free, open to the public and sponsored by Linfield's Northup Library and the Friends of McMinnville Public Library. For more information, call 503-883-2517.