(Photo | Courtesy of Arcadia Publishing & The History Press) Abandoned Oregon: Ghost Towns of the Painted Hills and Beyond combines the author’s penchant for aimless road trips, foolhardy adventure seeking and paranormal curiosity, and offers it all up in four variations on a weekend getaway through Central Oregon. Beginning in the Painted Hills, the…

(Photo | Courtesy of Deschutes Public Library) Author! Author! Kicks Off on January 15 Through eight remarkable seasons, the Deschutes Public Library Foundation’s Author! Author! literary series introduced dozens of bestselling authors to Central Oregon for thought-provoking presentations and memorable discussions. The Foundation builds on this successful history in its ninth season with a new…

(Photo by fotografierende from Pexels) The High Desert Museum is now accepting submissions for the 2021 Waterston Desert Writing Prize. The Prize honors literary nonfiction that illustrates artistic excellence, sensitivity to place and desert literacy with the desert as both subject and setting. Emerging, mid-career and established nonfiction writers are invited to apply. To learn…

(Photo courtesy of Arcadia Publishing and The History Press) Written by Joe Peterson, Hidden History of Ashland Oregon, part of the Hidden History Series, is about innovators, authors and baseball pioneers.  Famous for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland has a deep history that goes far beyond the stage. From a 160-year-old unsolved murder to a…

(Natalie Goldberg | Photos courtesy of Sarah Cyr) Natalie Goldberg will read from her latest book Three Simple Lines: A Writer’s Pilgrimage into the Heart and Homeland of Haiku in a virtual event on Tuesday, February 2, 2021. The reading will be hosted by Dudley’s Bookshop Cafe and local writer Sarah Cyr.   “This is a…

Young writers from Crook, Deschutes, Harney, Jefferson and Lake counties are now invited to submit essays exploring desert landscapes to the High Desert Museum’s Waterston Student Essay Competition. The Waterston Student Essay Competition, now in its second year, is part of the Waterston Desert Writing Prize. It’s open to students in grades nine through 12,…