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1/28/2005 Community-wide book reading, discussion planned

McMINNVILLE -- McMinnville residents will have the opportunity to participate in a major community book reading and discussion which will culminate with the author’s appearance in March.

"The Brothers K," a novel by David James Duncan, is the basis for several McMinnville-area community readings and discussions.

In an effort to promote thoughtful reading and encourage community-wide conversations, librarians from Linfield College and the McMinnville Public Library, along with Linfield professors, Third Street Books and the Oregon Council for Humanities, are planning a series of events leading up to Duncan’s March 16th appearance, according to David Gutterman, Linfield assistant professor of political science.

"We hope to have book clubs, high school and college students, and as many community members and groups as possible read Duncan’s novel," Gutterman said. "We will organize several discussions aimed at giving people a chance to talk about what they’ve read and share ideas and thoughts raised by Duncan’s novel."

Librarians from around the area, as well as local book clubs, have been contacted to participate. The community-wide discussion is open to any clubs or individuals who are interested.

Duncan is a Northwest novelist and essayist who often speaks and writes about environmental topics. His first book, "The River Why," was the first fiction ever published by the Sierra Club. "The Brothers K," his second novel, covers baseball, growing up in the 1960s, Vietnam, Canada, religion and a family named Chance – two parents, four brothers and

twin sisters. "River Teeth: Stories and Writings" is a collection of fiction and nonfiction.

Dates and information on specific events will be available in the near future as well as details about Duncan’s lecture. The book and study guides will be available at Nicholson Library and Third Street Books starting Tuesday, Feb. 1.

For more information, contact Susan Whyte, director of Nicholson Library at Linfield, 503-883-2517.