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9/29/2006 Linfield literary series highlights Northwest author

McMINNVILLE - John Daniel, an award-winning author with eight published works, will be featured in the Readings at the Nick series at Linfield College.

The reading will be held Monday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library.

Daniel's latest work is “Rogue River Journal: A Winter Alone," three nonfiction tales of Daniel, his father and a narrative of a five-month period of solitude in a Rogue River cabin. Its focus is Daniel's own coming of age and his father's experiences with the American labor movement. The novel won the 2006 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award.

Before publishing "Rogue River Journal," Daniel wrote a variety of other novels and poetry collections. "The Trail Home" was published in 1992, and is a collection of nature and American West essays. In 1996, he published "Looking After: A Son's Memoir," which is a true story of his experience caring for his mother as she died of Alzheimer's. His two poetry collections are "Common Ground" and "All Things Touched by Wind." He has also published poems and essays in West American Literature and North American Review.

Daniel earned the Pushcart Prize, the Andres Berger Award for Creative Nonfiction and the John Burroughs Natural History Essay Award, among others. He also serves as a chair of PEN Northwest and is a judge for the John Burroughs Association's Natural History Essay Award.

Daniel attended Reed College and was awarded the Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry at Stanford University where he received a master's degree in English/creative writing. Daniel has taught at Stanford, Oregon State University, Ohio State University, Sweet Briar College, Lewis and Clark College, St. Mary's College of California and St. Lawrence University.

The reading is free and open to the public. Daniel's appearance at Linfield College is sponsored by the Linfield English Department and Friends of Nicholson Library. For more information, call Susan Whyte, college librarian, at 503-883-2517.