THURSDAY, SEPT. 21
GARTH STEIN: Garth Stein, an acclaimed documentary filmmaker, is the author of two novels, "Raven Stole the Moon" and "How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets." His play, "Brother Jones," was a finalist for the 2004 Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference and the Northwest Playwrights Competition. Garth's award-winning documentary, "When Your Head's Not a Head, It's a Nut," follows his sister's brain surgery for epilepsy and was broadcast nationally on PBS. The reading is sponsored by Friends of Nicholson Library and Friends of McMinnville Public Library.
MONDAY, OCT. 16
JOHN DANIEL: Writer and teacher John Daniel is the author of eight books of memoirs, personal essays and poetry. His newest work, "Rogue River Journal: A Winter Alone," is an account of an experiment in solitude in the backcountry for which he received the 2006 Pacific Northwest Bookseller Association Book Award. "The Trail Home" and "Looking After: A Son's Memoir" both won Oregon Book Awards for Literary Nonfiction. He is the author of two poetry collections, "Common Ground" and "All Things Touched by Wind." In addition, Daniel is a regular contributor to journals and magazines and serves as poetry editor of Wilderness magazine and chair of PEN Northwest. He also teaches workshops and serves writer-in-residence positions around the country. The reading is sponsored by the Linfield English Department and Friends of Nicholson Library.
THURSDAY, NOV. 16
DORIANNE LAUX and JOE MILLAR: Dorianne Laux, the author of "Facts about the Moon," also wrote "Awake," "What We Carry," a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and "Smoke," a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her work has been widely published in academic journals, magazines and newspapers, and she has earned numerous honors and awards including the Pushcart Prize for poetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship and two fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts. Laux is an associate professor in the University of Oregon Creative Writing Department.
Joe Millar is the author of "Overtime," a finalist for the National Poetry Series. His latest work, "Fortune," will be published this fall. His writing also has been featured in various magazines, and he has won fellowships from Montalvo Center for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts in Poetry and Oregon Literary Arts. Millar, a professor at Oregon State University, also has taught for the Oregon Writers Workshop, Mountain Writers Workshop series and at Mt. Hood Community College. The reading is sponsored by the Linfield English Department and Friends of Nicholson Library.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 29
JOE KURMASKIE: Joe Kurmaskie, dubbed the "Metal Cowboy," is the author of "Metal Cowboy" and "Riding Outside the Lines." His latest book, "Momentum Is Your Friend: The Metal Cowboy and His Pint-Sized Posse Take on America," documents Kurmaskie's 3,000-mile bicycle ride with his two children. Kurmaskie has been a contributing writer to various magazines and newspapers, and reviews books for The Oregonian. The reading is sponsored by Friends of Nicholson Library and Friends of McMinnville Public Library.