The Deschutes Public Library Board has approved finalizing the purchase of land for a future Central Library, taking another important step forward in the library’s capital plan to expand and enhance library buildings and services across Deschutes County.  The 12.75-acre parcel is being purchased for $1,350,000 and is located west of Highway 20 near Robal…

(Bend’s Morri Stewart has published Faltofar, a young adult fantasy novel | Photos courtesy of Morri Stewart) Morri Stewart has published her first book, the Young Adult fantasy novel, Faltofar. After having worked on Faltofar for a number of years, Morri decided to hire an editor to fine-tune her book. Her web search led her…

(Poet and author Ellen Waterston and guests will present the Finding Solid Ground Yamsi Ranch Writing Intensive in September | Photo courtesy of Ellen Waterston) July 2020 will find Ellen Waterston offering virtual readings and presentations about her new book, Walking the High Desert, Encounters with Rural America Along the Oregon Desert Trail. Roundabout Books…

((L to R) Sondra Holtzman, Kim Stafford and Ellen Waterston | Photos courtesy of PLAYA) Join Playa for special online programming. Sunday, July 26 at 4:30pm, a special PLAYA Presents will feature readings by Kim Stafford and Ellen Waterston and music by Hunter Noack. On three weekends in August, online Master Classes that use the…

(Images | Courtesy of Deschutes Public Library) Times have changed, but what hasn’t changed is Deschutes Public Library’s commitment to a fun summer reading program. During the months of July and August, Summer with the Library incorporates the popular Beanstack app, with physical activities and reading challenges to do outside and around the house. Library…

(Beth Alvarado of Bend | Photo courtesy of Literary Arts) Bend’s Beth Alvarado has won the Literary Arts’ Sarah Winnemucca Award for Creative Nonfiction for her book, Anxious Attachments (Autumn House Press). Judges were Lacey M. Johnson, Nishta J. Mehra and Rob Spillman. “I want to applaud every 2020 Oregon Book Awards finalist and congratulate…

(Elizabeth Powell | Photo courtesy of OSU-Cascades) Award-winning writer and poet Elizabeth A.I. Powell will share readings from her literary works on June 13 as part of the Hazel Hall Memorial Reading, a semi-annual event hosted by Oregon State University – Cascades. The virtual event is sponsored by the OSU-Cascades Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts…

Winning submission focuses on Arizona’s disappearing waterways and restoration efforts with urban grey water Guest judge, noted author Robert Michael Pyle, and the Waterston Desert Writing Prize Board of Directors have named Hannah Hindley, Tucson, Arizona, the winner of the 2020 Prize! Eli Beck, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Leath Tonino, Ferrisburgh,Vermont were Prize finalists….