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4/10/2006 Community discussion on

McMINNVILLE – Two opportunities to discuss David Quammen's novel "The Song of the Dodo" will be held Thursday, April 27, and Wednesday, May 3, as part of the MacReads community reading and discussion that will culminate May 10 with the author's appearance at Linfield College.

A number of Yamhill County book clubs, reading groups and classes are participating in the community reading project which is designed to promote thoughtful reading and encourage community-wide conversations.

The sessions on April 27 and May 3 will give readers the opportunity to discuss the ideas and issues raised in Quammen's book. Chapters selected for reading are 1, 4, 6, 9 and 10. The book can be purchased at Third Street Books in McMinnville. A reader's guide will also be available at Third Street Books, the McMinnville Public Library and Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

Marvin Henberg, assistant to the president and professor of philosophy and environmental studies, will lead the discussion Thursday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the conference room of Linfield's Nicholson Library. David Sumner, assistant professor of English, and Jeff Peterson associate professor of sociology, will lead the discussion Wednesday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m. at Third Street Books in downtown McMinnville. The culmination of the MacReads program is a presentation by Quammen Wednesday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield.

Quammen, a former columnist for Outside magazine, is well-known for his ability to write about science, biodiversity and nature while maintaining the interest of the general reader. Quammen, a three-time winner of the National Magazine Award, will be the first Renshaw Distinguished Visitor, under the newly established Philip Renshaw Endowment for the Liberal Arts. The endowment was established by Renshaw, a Linfield alumnus and former trustee and one of the college's most avid supporters.

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