Jun
2
4:30 PM16:30

Heather 'Anish' Anderson presents "Thirst"

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By age 25, Heather Anderson had hiked what is known as the "Triple Crown" of backpacking: the Appalachian Trail (AT), Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), and Continental Divide Trail (CDT)―a combined distance of 7,900 miles with a vertical gain of more than one million feet. A few years later, she left her job, her marriage, and a dissatisfied life and walked back into those mountains.

In her new memoir, Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home, Heather, whose trail name is "Anish," conveys not only her athleticism and wilderness adventures, but also shares her distinct message of courage--her willingness to turn away from the predictability of a more traditional life in an effort to seek out what most fulfills her. Amid the rigors of the trail--pain, fear, loneliness, and dangers--she discovers the greater rewards of community and of self, conquering her doubts and building confidence. Ultimately, she realizes that records are merely a catalyst, giving her purpose, focus, and a goal to strive toward.

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Jun
7
6:30 PM18:30

John Dodge presents "A Deadly Wind: The 1962 Columbus Day Storm"

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“A Deadly Wind: The 1962 Columbus Day Storm” is a non-fiction account of the strongest windstorm in West Coast recorded history. The storm killed dozens, injured hundreds, damaged more than 50,000 homes and leveled enough trees to build a million homes. The unrivalled cyclone gave birth to the Asian log export market and the Oregon wine industry. In A Deadly Wind, veteran journalist John Dodge weaves a compelling story spiced with human drama, Cold War implications, Pacific Northwest history and the science of severe weather.

About the author: John Dodge was a columnist, editorial page writer and investigative reporter for The Olympian prior to retiring in 2015 from an award-winning career that spanned 40 years. He and his wife, Barbara Digman live in the Olympia area and enjoy gardening, bird-watching, hiking, reading and traveling".

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Jun
14
6:30 PM18:30

Joe Wilkins presents "Fall Back Down When I Die"

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Wendell Newman, a young ranch hand in Montana, has recently lost his mother, leaving him an orphan. His bank account holds less than a hundred dollars, and he owes back taxes on what remains of the land his parents owned, as well as money for the surgeries that failed to save his mother's life. An unexpected deliverance arrives in the form of seven-year-old Rowdy Burns, the mute and traumatized son of Wendell's incarcerated cousin. When Rowdy is put under his care, what begins as an ordeal for Wendell turns into a powerful bond, as he comes to love the boy more than he ever thought possible. That bond will be stretched to the breaking point during the first legal wolf hunt in Montana in more than thirty years, when a murder ignites a desperate chase. Caught on the wrong side of a disaffected fringe group, Wendell is determined both to protect Rowdy and to avoid the same violent fate that claimed his own father. A story set in a fractured and misunderstood community, Fall Back Down When I Die is a haunting and unforgettable tale of sacrificial love.

About Joe Wilkins: Joe Wilkins’s memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers, won the GLCA New Writers Award for nonfiction, and his work has appeared in the Georgia Review, the Harvard Review, Slate, and elsewhere. Wilkins lives with his wife and two children in western Oregon, where he teaches writing at Linfield College.

 
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Jun
22
6:30 PM18:30

Craig Rullman presents "The Bunkhouse Chronicles"

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In this eclectic collection of essays, Rullman explores the tangled landscapes of a culture in rapid transition. From our complicated relationship with emerging technologies to the bombing of Nagasaki, from a skydive to honor the life of a Native American Chief to a solo hike for solace in the remote Sierra backcountry, he invites us to examine the truths swept under the American rug, and to question our role in perpetuating the contradictions, humorous conundrums, and retail pathologies of our evolving world. Gritty, vulnerable and often hilarious, Rullman's writing is born in the borderlands and draws widely from history to remind us that--even in an era of widespread uncertainty--poetry still matters, beauty is found where we pause to embrace it, and in the long arc of human experience our questions outlive the answers.

About Craig Rullman: Craig Rullman is an award-winning journalist and weekly columnist for The Nugget Newspaper in Sisters, Oregon. A former police detective and veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Mr. Rullman is a graduate of the University of Nevada, and holds an M.A. from Northern Arizona University. For several years he was a working cowboy on the deserts of Arizona, California, and Nevada. He lives with his wife on the Figure 8 Ranch, in the shadow of the Oregon Cascades.

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Jul
11
4:00 PM16:00

Therese Oneill presents "Ungovernable"

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Feminist historian Therese Oneill is back, to educate you on what to expect when you're expecting . . . a Victorian baby! In Ungovernable, Oneill conducts an unforgettable tour through the backwards, pseudoscientific, downright bizarre parenting fashions of the Victorians, advising us on:
- How to be sure you're not too ugly, sickly, or stupid to breed

- What positions and room decor will help you conceive a son

- How much beer, wine, cyanide and heroin to consume while pregnant

- How to select the best peasant teat for your child

- Which foods won't turn your children into sexual deviants

- And so much more

About Therese: Therese Oneill is the New York Times bestselling author of Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage and Manners.

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Jul
12
4:00 PM16:00

Jane Kirkpatrick presents "Everything She Didn't Say"

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In 1911, Carrie Strahorn wrote a memoir entitled Fifteen Thousand Miles by Stage, which shared some of the most exciting events of twenty-five years of traveling and shaping the West with her husband, Robert Strahorn, a railroad promoter, investor, and writer. Everything She Didn’t Say imagines Carrie nearly ten years later as she decides to write down what was really on her mind during those adventurous nomadic years. Kirkpatrick’s masterful, rich imagination draws out the emotions of living—the laughter and pain, the love and loss—to give readers a window not only into the past but into their own conflicted hearts. Booklist states “Kirkpatrick is an unwavering pillar in historical fiction, showcasing the power of her meticulously researched and richly rendered details.” Everything She Didn’t Say is a testament to these words.

Jane Kirkpatrick is the New York Times and CBA bestselling and award-winning author of more than thirty books, including All She Left Behind, A Light in the Wilderness, The Memory Weaver, This Road We Traveled, and A Sweetness to the Soul, which won the prestigious Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center. Her works have won the WILLA Literary Award, USABestBooks, the Carol Award for Historical Fiction, and the 2016 Will Rogers Medallion Award. Jane lives in Central Oregon with her husband, Jerry.

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Jul
13
10:00 AM10:00

Marie Bostwick Meet N' Greet & Signing!

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Join us as we host NYT bestselling author Marie Bostwick for an in store signing of her books, including her newest, Hope on the Inside, which was released on March 26th, 2019. Marie was born and raised in the northwest. In the three decades since her marriage, Marie and her family have moved frequently, living in eight different states at eighteen different addresses. These experiences have given Marie a unique perspective that enables her to write about people from all walks of life and corners of the country with insight and authenticity. Marie currently resides in Portland, where she enjoys writing, spending time with family, gardening, collecting fabric, and stitching quilts. Visit her at www.mariebostwick.com

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May
15
6:30 PM18:30

Jack Nisbet presents "The Dreamer and the Doctor"

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In The Dreamer and The Doctor, award-winning author Jack Nisbet turns his attention to American pioneers John and Carrie Leiberg.

Dr. Carrie Leiberg, a pioneer physician, fought hard for public health while nurturing both a troubled son and a fruit orchard. Her husband, John Leiberg, was a Swedish immigrant and self-taught naturalist who transformed himself from pickax Idaho prospector to special field agent for the US Forest Commission and warned Washington DC of ecological devastation of public lands.

The Leiberg adventures spilled out of the Northwest to touch issues of public health, government control, and personal freedom that remain in hot dispute today; what they accomplished emerged as touchstones of character and identity for an entire region.

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