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3/7/2005 David James Duncan to present reading at Linfield

McMINNVILLE – David James Duncan, award winning author of "The Brothers K" and "The River Why," will present a reading Wednesday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

The reading is free, but tickets are required. For tickets, call College Relations, 503-883-2217, or stop by the College Relations Office, 026 Melrose Hall at Linfield. Because seating is limited, no more than four tickets will be distributed per person.

"The Brothers K," winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award and The American Library Association Book Award and named a New York Times Notable Book in 1993, is the focus of a series of community readings by book clubs, reading groups and school classes throughout Yamhill County.

Discussion sessions on the book will be held Tuesday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. at Third Street Books in McMinnville and on Wednesday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Nicholson Library at Linfield College. Both are free and open to the public.

"The River Why," Duncan’s first novel, was the first fiction ever published by the Sierra Club. It was a Book of the Month Club selection in 1983 as well as the winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award. It was a winner of "100 Best of Oregon, 1800-2000" and ranked 35th on the San Francisco Chronicle’s list of "The 20th Century’s 100 Best Books of the American West."

"The Brothers K" was Duncan’s second novel and 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 more recent collection of fiction and nonfiction. "My Story as told by Water" was a National Book Award finalist in non-fiction, the winner of the Western States Book Award, a Pushcart Prize and a Montana Arts Council Literary Fellowship. It was twice selected in "The Best Spiritual Writing, 2001." "Citizen Dissent," a book consisting of Duncan’s essay, "When Compassion Becomes Dissent" and Wendell Berry’s "A Citizen’s Response to the New National Security Strategy," was the winner of the American Library Association’s 2003 Award for Preserving Intellectual Freedom.

Duncan received his bachelor’s degree in English from Portland State University. He is a contributing editor to Orion Magazine, Cascadia Times and "River Teeth: a journal of narrative nonfiction."

Duncan’s appearance is sponsored by Friends of Nicholson Library, Friends of McMinnville Public Library, the Linfield Department of English and the Oregon Council for the Humanities. For more information, contact Susan Whyte, director of Nicholson Library at Linfield, 503-883-2517.