The Waterston Desert Writing Prize 2020 is now open for submissions. Applicants must submit online through April 1, 2020. The Prize, now in its sixth year, honors creative nonfiction that illustrates artistic excellence, sensitivity to place and desert literacy, with the desert as both subject and setting. Inspired by author and poet Ellen Waterston’s love…

Drawing on Ijeoma Oluo’s New York Times bestseller So You Want to Talk About Race, as a dialog-builder and platform for engagement, Central Oregon Community College (COCC), OSU-Cascades and several community groups are hosting a series of book conversations on race to commemorate this year’s Season of Nonviolence. The book chats are scheduled throughout Central…

Banni Bunting, a former FBI agent and national tennis champion, is launching a mindfulness picture book for children, How Do You See the World? — A Book of Mindful Choices. Now a certified mindfulness teacher in Bend, the book is the result of her many years of teaching mindfulness in local classrooms and schools. A…

The Central Oregon Writers Guild will begin accepting submissions for its 2020 Writing Contest on January 1. Submissions are open to Oregon residents in the following categories: Adult (19 & over) — Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Children’s Literature; and Youth (18 & under) — Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Children’s Literature. Prizes: $50 — First-place winners…

It was 100 years ago in January that Deschutes County had its first countywide library system—a collection of buildings, outposts and outreach vehicles that marked the beginning of what Deschutes Public Library is today. The Library kicks off its centennial celebration with a month of free events and programs that explore this pivotal decade in…

(Photo | Pexels) With the holidays upon us, Joshua Savage, author of 100 Things to Do in Bend, Oregon Before You Die, has put together the definitive Bend bucket list, and it’s full of things to do during the holidays. Below are some suggested activities straight from the book itself: See Santa Land: When the…

(Photo of Book Cover | Courtesy of Deschutes Public Library) Deschutes Public Library is pleased to announce When All Is Said as the 2020 “A Novel Idea…Read Together” selection. The book, written by first-time novelist Anne Griffin, was revealed at a public unveiling on December 6 at the Downtown Bend Library. “Each new year of…

(Photo | Courtesy of Dancing Moon Press) Local writer Kake Huck calls herself a “desultory poet” because it took her eight years to write the short collection called Sentenced to Venice.  “I wrote one poem a month for my writing group meetings. I’m not what you would call driven.” Recently published by Bend’s Dancing Moon Press,…

(Photo | Courtesy of Deschutes Public Library) Season and individual event tickets are now on sale for the 2020 Author! Author! Literary Series. The line-up of bestselling authors includes Barry Lopez (Arctic Dreams), Susan Orlean (The Library Book), and Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma). Series tickets are $75 for general admission, or $210 for premiere…