Athena Library to play host to 3 Oregon Book Awards nominees


ATHENA -- Three authors nominated for the Oregon Book Awards, Jennifer Lauck, Roger Porter and Daniel Skach-Mills, will be at the Athena Library, 438 E. Main St. at 7 p.m. July 12 to discuss their work.

Lauck is a an investigative journalist and a memoirist, having written "Blackbird" and "Found." Both works recount the losses of childhood innocence and traumatic family alienations, but with the positive outcomes of a survivor.

Porter, a professor at Reed College, wrote "Bureau of Missing Persons," a poignant account of adult children who have searched for and exposed the secret lives of their fathers. Another of his works is "Self-Same Songs: Autobiographical Performances and Reflections."

Skach-Mills, a poet who has lived as a Trappist monk and is a committed docent at Portland's Chinese garden, has been published in Christian Science Monitor, Open Spaces and Prayers to Protest. His two volumes of poems are "The Hut Beneath The Pine" and "The Tao of Now."

Lauck will also offer a free writing workshop from 3-5 p.m. at the library that day. "Writing The Scene" will give participants an opportunity to learn how to create writing that is active, vivid and scene driven. Participants will receive examples and handouts and will do some writing as well. Space is limited and pre-registration required. Copies of her book "Found" will be given to workshop participants who register in advance.

More information is available at the library or phone 541-566-2470.


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