First Draft Writers’ Series to host novelist Craig Lesley


PENDLETON — Northwest novelist Craig Lesley, the author of four novels set in the Northwest and a memoir “Burning Fence” set in Eastern Oregon, will be the guest at the Pendleton Center for the Arts’ First Draft Writers’ Series at 7 tonight, at Pendleton Center for the Arts, 214 N. Main St., in the Pearson Auditorium.

His novels “Winterkill,” “The Sky Fisherman” and “Talking Leaves” all received the Pacific Northwest Booksellers’ Award. Two of his novels have been considered for the Pulitzer Prize and his short stories have appeared in 21 publications. He teaches creative writing at Pacific University’s Master of Fine Arts program.

Lesley will give a reading, followed by an open mike format, limited to the first ten people who sign up. Each participant can read original work for three to five minutes.

The audience will be able to visit with the author, purchase books and pick up First Draft schedules for the 2014 season.

Doors will open at 6:30, reading starts at 7 p.m. The event if free and open to the general public.

For more information, contact the Pendleton Center for the Arts at 541-278-9201 or visit online at


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