Monica Drake, bestselling author of â€œClown Girl,â€ will be featured on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. She has received numerous awards including the Arizona Commission on the Arts Award, the Alligator Juniper Prize in Fiction and a Millay Colony Fellowship. As a Portland-based writer, Drake has had articles and reviews published in The Oregonian as well as other publications. She currently holds a teaching position at the Pacific Northwest College of Arts.
Gary Holthaus, environmentalist and author of â€œFrom the Farm to the Table: What All Americans Need to Know About Agriculture,â€ will be featured on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m. His previous works include â€œUnexpected Mania,â€ â€œCircling Backâ€ and â€œAlaska: Reflections on Land and Spirit.â€ Holthaus graduated with a bachelor's degree from Boston University, and in 1990, he received an Individual Fellowship for Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Jerry Naylor, will present his work â€œThe Rockabilly Legends: They Called it Rockabilly Long Before They Called it Rock and Roll,â€ on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 7:30 p.m. Naylor was the lead singer of The Crickets in 1960 following the untimely death of Buddy Holly, and he continues as a record producer, song writer, radio and television personality, film and television producer and Grammy nominated solo recording artist. He is also the creator of â€œThe Rockabilly Legends: A Tribute to My Friends,â€ a comprehensive and historical music collection which includes a documentary and 14-CD original soundtrack celebrating rockabilly and rock â€˜nâ€™ roll music.
Marvin Henberg, author of â€œInspired Pragmatism: An Illustrated History of Linfield College,â€ will close the fall schedule on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. He will discuss the joys and frustrations of his research, show photographs that made the final cut for the book and others that did not, read selected passages from the text and entertain questions from the audience. Henberg, professor of philosophy and a member of the Linfield faculty since 1994, served as Linfieldâ€™s interim president in 2006 and is the former vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty.
The Readings at the Nick series is sponsored by the Linfield English Department and Friends of Nicholson Library. All readings are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, college librarian, at 503-883-2517.