(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…

From rich and colorful children’s picture books to diverse stories of challenge and empowerment in young adult (YA) fiction, today’s youth literature blurs genre boundaries and appeals to people of all ages. In fact, approximately 55-percent of YA readers are adults (Bowker Market Research), and people of all ages read and collect picture books. It’s…

(Photo | Courtesy of Deschutes Public Library)  Deschutes Public Library proudly announces the 16th annual celebration of A Novel Idea…Read Together. Each year A Novel Idea brings together thousands of Deschutes County residents to read, discuss and attend a variety of free cultural and author events at the Library’s six locations and at partnering businesses. Programming…