For anyone who enjoys mysteries and the Pacific Northwest, this is a great story—four murders, none by a serial killer but all linked to a beautiful pond in the heart of Bend, and to Sarah Chatham, a successful Portland attorney who thought she was coming to Bend to retire. Are the killers long gone or…

(Guadalupe McCall | Photo courtesy of COCC) Award-winning young adult author and poet Guadalupe McCall, known for her coming-of-age tales that blend fantasy and history, will discuss her work at Central Oregon Community College (COCC) from 5:30-7pm on Thursday, May 30, at the Bend campus’s Children’s Literature & Equity Resource Center in the Barber Library….

(Christopher Boucher, T. Geronimo Johnson and Emily Carr | Photos courtesy of OSU-Cascades) Oregon State University – Cascades will host Rendezvous with Risk: A Literary Festival featuring nationally-recognized storytellers and Oregon-based artists. The festival will include readings, writing workshops, book signings, and interactive art installations that explore contemporary writing and the intersections of art-making and…

(Robert Putnam) When Robert Putnam, Harvard professor and New York Times best-selling author, set out to study and chronicle the opportunity gap that exists for today’s American youth, he uncovered some compelling case studies across the nation — including one in Bend. Putnam will be speaking about the resulting work, Our Kids: The American Dream…

(Elizabeth Woody, Jarold Ramsey, and Kim Stafford  | Photos courtesy of COCC) Kim Stafford, Oregon’s poet laureate and the director of Lewis & Clark College’s Northwest Writing Institute, is bringing his poetry to Central Oregon, together with Elizabeth Woody, past poet laureate of Oregon, and Madras poet Jarold Ramsey, as part of Central Oregon Community…