Literature & Poetry
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.
by JEFF SPRY Cascade A&E Feature Writer
Bend artist Kelley Salber has a fascination with all things miniature. An explorer of art and words her whole life, her tiny bookshelf treasures are custom-crafted to her client’s reading desires and youthful dreams. No two of these intriguing miniaturized masterpieces are alike, being carefully created with painstaking detail and realism.
“I’ve been infatuated with books and miniature things since I was a little girl and made little miniature landscapes out of bark and things I found outside,” said Salber. “I’ve always been a fan of bold bright colors and texture. The little bookcase series started with a piece called Seven Billion Souls… And Each One Has A Story. I was watching a Tom Cruise movie, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and the spy team hopped from Moscow to Mumbai and I was amazed at how many people there were everywhere.”
Salber grew up in the wilds of Montana and moved here to Bend where the Central Oregon population is low.
“I was stunned with how many people were milling about in these huge cities and so impressed with the idea that everyone was important and had a story and it got me contemplating things. I did that piece in 2012 when there were seven billion people on the Earth and that’s why I titled the art that way.”
One of the bookcases formed from a recycled book, The Collected Works, operates on that same concept. It’s a collection of “good reads” books representing the incalculable individual stories that create our complex tapestry of history.
Her miniature wooden bookcases came about due to her obsession with books and a fundraising project for Atelier 6000 in Bend where artists were all given a section of 2X4 and told to do something with it and bring it back to auction off.
“I got the idea for a little bookshelf and really liked it. I try to recycle old books to make journals or art pieces. They come from garage sales, thrift stores, library sales and donations from friends who are moving and need to get rid of books. Sometimes I have the book I need for a particular piece and sometimes I have to go in search of one. Each tiny book is made from book board or foam core with added decorative paper or print paper and some paper I hand marble. Every book art piece is very labor intensive and tedious but I love it.”
Salber savors books for their portability and because books tend to lead toward deeper contemplation. Her wonderfully whimsical works resonate with strains of toys and childhood.
“I’m finishing a custom order right now with the theme of The Wizard Of Oz,” she said. “I actually printed some backgrounds and textures for the Yellow Brick Road and have rainbow colors and a little magic wand and a little Toto and tiny ruby slippers. And I always put quotes on the spines of the books or philosophical phrases to contemplate.”
Each finished novelty bookcase or book collection is a window into the stories of life and the accumulated memories, images and tales we absorb through life.
“People are really drawn to the simple concept of books on bookshelves, it’s comforting and it’s familiar. I have people look at them and get really excited by the endless possibility of what can be created and discovering the hidden messages. They’re just really fun and they make me happy and smile.”
Salber’s sensational art can be seen inside Hood Avenue Art at 357 West Hood Avenue in downtown Sisters. 971-570-6811
Kiersten White, the bestselling author of the popular teen trilogy, Paranormalcy, has known she would be a writer for as long as she could remember. “Reading has always been my favorite activity,” she comments. “It was a very natural transition from being an avid reader and lover of stories to being a writer, where I could create my own stories to share with others.”
As a child, she was hopeful that her career would lead her to become an illustrator, as well. “It turns out they like you have artistic talent in order to be an illustrator. Alas, I have none,” White lamented. That’s why, for her most recent novel, she collaborated with Portland artist, Jim Di Bartolo, to create a work split between words and images.
Di Bartolo, like White, predicted his career path at a young age. He was inspired to draw and paint images by both his father, who himself was an artist, and the Sunday cartoons. Di Bartolo has partnered with writers on several books, including Lips Touch: Three Times, a 2009 National Book Award finalist written with his wife, Laini Taylor.
The novel co-authored with White, In the Shadows, has been Bartolo’s “dream project.” White created such “lyrical, lovely, and creepily wondrous text chapters,” Di Bartolo applauds. “Words are true artistry, and [White’s] ability to create such whole, unique characters is breathtaking.”
In the Shadows follows the lives of sisters, Cora and Minnie, who live in a small, stifling town where strange and mysterious things occur. Their mother runs the local boarding house and their father is gone. They suspect that the woman up the hill from them may be a witch.
Thomas and Charles are brothers who have been exiled to the boarding house so Thomas can tame his ways and Charles can fight an illness that is killing him with increasing speed. Their family history is one of sorrow and guilt, from which they vainly try to escape.
Arthur is also new to the boarding house. His fate is tied to those of Cora, Minnie, Thomas, and Charles. One day, Arthur inexplicably discovers he knows of the specific forces that are working in the shadows, manipulating fates and crafting conspiracies. The closer Cora, Minnie, Arthur, Thomas and Charles get to the truth, the closer they get to harm. But the forces threaten not only their safety. They threaten the entire world. It just remains to be seen whether the group can act quickly enough to save it.
The book, released on April 29, is now on shelves nationwide.