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11/22/2002 Award-winning writer and illustrator to present reading

McMINNVILLE – Award-winning writer and illustrator David Kherdian and Nonny Hogrogian will read from their work Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall at Linfield College.

The husband and wife team will read from their books and discuss their work. Children are encouraged to attend the reading, since they both have produced numerous children's books, which will be for sale following the program. The reading is free, open to the public and sponsored by Linfield's Northup Library and the Friends of McMinnville Public Library.

Kherdian is the author and editor of over 50 books, including poetry, novels, memoirs and children's books as well as critical studies, translations and retellings. He has published nine contemporary American poetry anthologies including "Beat Voices." One seminal work, "Down at the Santa Fe Depot: 20 Fresno Poets," inspired a series of anthologies, and another, "Settling America: The Ethnic Expression of 14 Contemporary American Poets," was the first multi-ethnic anthology published in the country. His book, "The Road from Home: The Story of an Armenian Girl," is the story of his mother who narrowly escaped the killing of 1.5 million Armenians by the Turks.

His numerous awards include a Newbery Honor Book, the Jane Addams Peace Award, the Friends of American Writers Award and a nomination for The American Book Award. His most recent book is "The Revelations of Alvin Tolliver," the story of a restless Wisconsin 12-year-old with a love of the wild.

Kherdian will read from several books of poetry including "Looking Over Hills, " "I Remember Root River," "Homage to Adana," "The Neighborhood Years," and his memoir, "I Called it Home."

Hogrogian has authored and illustrated 15 books and has illustrated over 50 others, using a variety of techniques and styles. She received the Randolph Caldecott Medal for her books "Always Room for One More" and "One Fine Day." Throughout her career, she has studied painting, charcoal drawings, etching, lithography, woodcutting and illustration, and even excelled at contour drawings. After graduating from Hunter College, she worked in the advertising department of William Morrow, where she illustrated book jackets and learned about typeface and design. She studied different artists' methods and techniques for the three years she spent at Morrow until she understood how type and color worked best for her. She was never interested in mastering a single technique, but rather in growing as an artist.

Her most recent book is "The Tiger of Turkestan," which she both wrote and illustrated.

The couple lives in McMinnville where they are currently publishing Stopinder: A Gurdjieff Journal for Our Time.