Grass Roots Event Books
Missed an event? Here are all the books showcased in 2018-2019 thus far!
Champinefu Lecture Series: Travis Stewart
Wednesday December 11 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
115 SW 2nd St, Corvallis, OR 97333
Regional Indigenous Art
Travis Stewart, is an artist and a creator of interpretive museum displays within the Chachalu Museum for the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde. In this lecture, he shares information about historic and current indigenous artwork, including a recently commissioned piece for display at OSU. Though the indigenous artwork of the past has been overlooked, Travis will share modern research into historic creations, as well as impressive current Kalapuya artists. To see an example of Travis's work, click here.
This lecture is free and open to the public. In the past, seats have filled quickly, so you may wish to arrive early.
Author Event with Paul Turner
Thursday December 19 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Paul Turner, builder and co-owner of the Darkside Cinema in Corvallis, Oregon, is releasing his first novel, *footnotes. Paul has previously published two books of essays, Prancing Lavender Bunnies and Dodging the Butterfly Nets.
*footnotes examines the suicide of a young woman and how the act affects three generations of people with whom she shared her life. The story flows from the dry Arizona desert to a growing Las Vegas to the rain-swept Pacific Northwest. This fictional account shares some of the lesser-known aspects and challenges of mental illness. People who carry the weight of mental illness often feel they are insignificant, mere footnotes. In this novel, the burdens of war, childhood trauma, or just merely lousy brain chemistry inspire skills that become part of the characters' lives, and maybe some of the best parts of who they are. *footnotes uses humor and vivid imagery to bring the reader into this often invisible world. Available soon at Grass Roots. The author will be reading and signing books at this event.
An Evening with Elizabeth Rush
Tuesday January 14 | 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Corvallis-Benton Community Public Library
645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis, OR 97330
Elizabeth Rush's most recent book Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore was a finalist for this year's Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction. Hailed as "deeply felt" by the New York Times and “the book on climate change and sea levels that was missing” by the Chicago Tribune, Rising is both a highly original work of lyric reportage and a haunting meditation on how to let go of the places we love.
With every passing day, and every record-breaking hurricane, it grows clearer that climate change is neither imagined nor distant—and that rising seas are transforming the coastlines of the United States in irrevocable ways. Rush guides readers through some of the places where this change has been most dramatic, from the Gulf Coast to Miami, and from New York City to the Bay Area. Weaving firsthand testimonials and profiles of wildlife biologists, activists, and other members of vulnerable communities, Rising privileges the voices of those too often kept at the margins.
Rush was awarded an Andrews Forest Writing Residency through the Spring Creek Project in 2016, and one chapter in Rising is set at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest.
This event is free and open to everyone.