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Know Exploring at Deschutes Public Library

The Deschutes Public Library invites the public to bring their sense of adventure and desire for intrigue this November as they go exploring. From westward expansion to deadly ascents, they will look at our fascination with discovery throughout the month of November with a series of Know Exploring events and programs. All programs are free and open to all, and no registration is required.


Women of Discovery
Get to know extraordinary women with COCC instructor Chris Rubio. From aviators to primatologists to environmentalists, these women will excite and amaze you with their curiosity and heart—not to mention their extraordinary achievements.
• Thursday, November 13 • 6pm • East Bend Library

Mount Hood: Exploring Oregon’s Perilous Peak
Mt. Hood has shaped the very land of the Northwest. It helps create the notorious Oregon rains and deep alpine snows, and it draws millions to its textbook beauty every year. But its snowy peak also captures the attention of the nation almost every time it wreaks fatal havoc upon climbers seeking the summit.
• Wednesday, November 5 • 6pm • Downtown Bend Library
• Thursday, November 6 • 12pm • La Pine Library 

Early Maps of the American Hemisphere
Stephanie Wood, director, Wired Humanities Projects, University of Oregon explores what we can learn from the earliest map makers.
• Saturday, November 8 • 2pm • Downtown Bend Library 

Lewis and Clark Across Two Centuries
Mark Spence, author and historian for the National Park Service, examines the Lewis and Clark expedition and the ways it has been remembered and forgotten over two centuries.
• Saturday, November 15 • 2pm • Redmond Library
• Sunday, November 16 • 2pm • Downtown Bend Library 

Explorers and Their Expeditions
Community librarians Nate and Chandra highlight the adventures of the explorers who changed the world by being bold. From the North Pole to the South Pole, Nate and Chandra delve into the triumphs and tragedies of well-known expeditions as well as highlight some lesser-known treks.
• Thursday, November 20 • 2:30pm • Aspen Ridge
• Thursday, November 20 • 6pm • East Bend Library 

www.deschuteslibrary.org, 541-312-1034

Central Oregon Writers Guild - A Celebration of Writing

Expect to be entertained at the Central Oregon Writers Guild’s annual contest awards evening. A Celebration of Writing will be October 18 at 7:30pm with winning writers from throughout the state reading short works of fiction, nonfiction, mystery/detective, memoirs, science fiction/fantasy and poetry.


The event is the highlight of the Central Oregon Writing Guild’s seventh annual Harvest Writing Contest, which offers cash prizes to winning Oregon writers. Contest entries are at a record high as the contest gains in popularity and importance.


“Many of the entries wowed me with the talent and caliber of writing,” said M. (Mary) Pax, a successful Bend-area science fiction writer and one of the contest judges. “Many made me laugh out loud. Oregon writers are definitely a witty, passionate and skilled lot.”


Jami Carpenter, also on the judge’s panel said, “The stories and poems were wonderful, fun and entertaining and clever. The quality of writing amazed me. The topics ranged from the silly to the sublime, and kept me turning the pages. Central Oregon has a wealth of writing talent.”


Carpenter is a book editor who works with boutique publishers as well as with independent self-publishing writers.


Contest Chair Mike Rettig feels, “The unique and most powerful part of the contest is listening to the top-10 placers read their work in front of an audience.”


Last year’s awards evening was so popular, it outgrew its Redmond-area venue. As a result, this year’s celebration will be in Bend’s new Hampton Inn in the Old Mill District.


The venue can accommodate a larger audience and offers easy accessibility. The cost to attend is just $10. A no host beer and wine bar will add to the celebratory feel of the event.


Come cheer on your favorite writers, hear stories artfully told and find inspiration for your own creative work.


Pax notes that entering the contest in 2009 and 2013 motivated her to stretch her writing boundaries. “The first year I entered was the most significant,” she said.“The entry was the first short story I had written. I learned that writing short fiction is so much faster than novels. I started writing more of it and submitting to magazines and ezines. The feedback from editors was invaluable. It gave me a boost in confidence and made me rethink my approach to a writing career.”


Rettig, who has placed first and third in the contest, notes that previous top placers have ranged from college students to writers who have gone on to win Emmy awards.


The contest is just one way the guild provides support and education to area writers. The guild also offers monthly meetings, critique groups and workshops.



Stellar Author Line-up Marks Third Season of Author! Author! Literary Series

With two successful seasons under its belt—both of which received an enthusiastic response from the community—the Deschutes Public Library Foundation announce the line-up for its 2014-15 Author! Author! literary series.

Thursday, September 25, 2014 | 7pm | Bend High School Auditorium
New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Ruins. Walter is the author of eight books and a career journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post and Boston Globe. He was awarded the PEN/USA Literary Prize in both fiction and nonfiction. Walter will also lead a writing workshop on September 26; it is open to the public but registration is required and space is limited.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 | 7pm | Bend High School Auditorium
Stein’s novel The Art of Racing in the Rain sold more than six million copies, has been translated into 35 languages and spent more than three years on the New York Times bestseller list. His new novel, A Sudden Light, will be published by Simon & Schuster in September.

Friday, March 6, 2015 | 7pm | Bend High School Auditorium
Patchett is the best selling author of the novels Run, The Patron Saint of Liars, Taft, State of Wonder and The Magician’s Assistant. She received the Orange Prize for fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award in 2002 for her novel Bel Canto. She is also the author of five nonfiction books, including her most recent memoir, This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage.

Friday, May 29, 2015 | 7pm | Bend High School Auditorium
Kerman is the author of the memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Woman’s Prison. The book has been adapted into a Peabody Award-winning original series for Netflix. Kerman serves on the board of the Woman’s Prison Association and is a frequently invited speaker to students of law, criminology, gender and women’s studies, sociology and creative writing. She received the 2014 Justice Trailblazer Award from the John Jay College Center on Media, Crime and Justice.

“We’ve been so pleased by the community’s embrace of the series,” says Author! Author! Project Director Chantal Strobel. “Their enthusiasm shows that Deschutes County is a vital hub in Oregon’s cultural and literary landscape.”

Strobel says that the series’ success benefits the community in a number of ways. “Author! Author! promotes and strengthens community dialogue. We saw this so clearly last season, especially with authors such as Sherman Alexie and Cheryl Strayed. But the program also helps out libraries at the same time,” she adds. “All of the proceeds from ticket sales are used by the Foundation to support and enhance Library programs and services.”

In an effort to increase exposure to literature and engage teens in civic dialogue, the Library Foundation also provides free tickets for up to 200 regional high school students to attend the four author presentations and to receive copies of the authors’ books.
“The Library Foundation works closely with high schools in our area to provide books for students to read prior to each author’s visit,” Strobel says. “This is part of an effort to reach out to young adults in the region and to expose them to quality literature while engaging them in discussions regarding the books’ themes.”

General admission tickets are just $20 each. Those tickets, as well as preferred seating tickets that include access to a private author reception, are available now at www.dplfoundation.org. Series tickets are also available.