A series of facilitated book groups scheduled throughout Central Oregon in February, coordinated by Building Common Ground and Central Oregon Community College (COCC), is open to the community to discuss My (Underground) American Dream: My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive by Julissa Arce, a political commentator and immigrant…

“Why are there no more Leonardos?” asks author and Central Oregon Community College (COCC) writing instructor Mike Lankford in his latest book, Becoming Leonardo, a da Vinci biography that recently made the Wall Street Journal’s Top 10 Nonfiction Book list of 2017. “I think the truth,” he posits, “is there are potential Leonardos everywhere in…

Robust offerings to serve writers of all levels and genres. Best-selling author Stephen King is often asked how one could become a better writer. Two of his commonly shared beliefs are to take your writing seriously and to write consistently. Writers in Central Oregon have expanding opportunities to heed King’s advice thanks to Deschutes Public…

Robust offerings to serve writers of all levels and genres Best-selling author Stephen King is often asked how one could become a better writer. Two of his commonly shared beliefs are to take your writing seriously and to write consistently. Writers in Central Oregon have expanding opportunities to heed King’s advice thanks to Deschutes Public…

In 2012 the Author! Author! literary series began with a very lofty goal: Bring some of the brightest literary minds to Central Oregon four times a year to share their booksand engage audiences in discussionsand thought-provoking ideas regarding their work. Now, five years laterand entering its sixth season, Author! Author! has successfully lived up to…

(Photos above courtesy of Bev Clarno) Bev Clarno’s lifetime of service has offered up a new gift in the form of her recently released autobiography, From Pigs to Politics. The book chronicles Clarno’s earliest childhood memories, career in government and concludes with her current thoughts on politics in America. Over the years Clarno has been…