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Matt Bell in Conversation with Kate Hope Day
Wednesday September 29, 2021 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
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A "work of incandescent imagination" (Karen Russell) from Young Lions Fiction Award–finalist Matt Bell, a breakout book that explores climate change, manifest destiny, humanity's unchecked exploitation of natural resources, and the small but powerful magic contained within every single apple. Part speculative epic, part tech thriller, part reinvented fairy tale, Appleseed is an unforgettable meditation on climate change; corporate, civic, and familial responsibility; manifest destiny; and the myths and legends that sustain us all.
MATT BELL is the author of the novels Scrapper and In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods, as well as the short story collection A Tree or a Person or a Wall, a non-fiction book about the classic video game Baldur's Gate II, and several other titles. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Tin House, Conjunctions, Fairy Tale Review, American Short Fiction, and many other publications. A native of Michigan, he teaches creative writing at Arizona State University.
KATE HOPE DAY is the author of If, Then and In the Quick. She holds a BA from Bryn Mawr College and a PhD in English from the University of Pittsburgh. She was an associate producer at HBO. She lives in Oregon with her husband and their two children.
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J.S. Fields in conversation with Rosiee Thor
Wednesday October 06, 2021 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
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Born the heir of a master woodcutter in a queendom defined by guilds and matrilineal inheritance, nonbinary Sorin can’t quite seem to find their place. At seventeen, an opportunity to attend an alchemical guild fair and secure an apprenticeship with the queen’s alchemist is just within reach. But on the day of the fair, Sorin’s mother goes missing, along with the Queen and hundreds of guild masters, forcing Sorin into a woodcutting inheritance they never wanted.
J.S. Fields is a scientist who has spent too much time around organic solvents. They enjoy roller derby, woodturning, making chainmail by hand, and cultivating fungi in the backs of minivans.
Rosiee Thor began her career as a storyteller by demanding to tell her mother bedtime stories instead of the other way around. She spent her childhood reading by flashlight in the closet until she came out as queer. She lives in Oregon with a dog, a cat, and an abundance of plants. She is the author of Young Adult novels Tarnished Are The Stars and Fire Becomes Her and the picture book The Meaning of Pride.
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Dianne Roth in conversation with Shikha Gottfried
Wednesday October 13, 2021 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
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For 10 years I have been writing columns in the Corvallis Gazette Times and the Albany Democrat Herald Newspapers. Mostly, I write stories of my life … my growing up, my years in public schools, being a single mom, my teaching career, and the strange world we live in. There are stories about my father’s driving rules, some opinions about my mother’s failed efforts to turn me into a 1950’s lady, a few excessive rants about speeding drivers, and thoughts from my years teaching first and second graders. It has been a grand adventure remembering and recording my life’s stories.
Dianne Roth is a mother, grandmother, teacher, and freelance writer. She is also a hiker, knitter, guitar player, gardener, and member of the LBCC Better Bones and Balance exercise community. Her greatest honor was raising her sons and teaching nearly 500 young children how to think and how to learn. What a pleasure!
Shikha Gottfried is a newly minted empty nester, who is excited to reclaim more time for old interests and explore new ways of being in this world. Her goal is to play more tennis, grow more flowers and cultivate curiosity in service to herself, her family, and her community.
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