|April 29, 2019
7:00 pm: Poetry Reading with The 'Somewhat Rogue” Group
April 29, 2019 –
Monday April 29th 7:00 pm
Poetry Reading with
The 'Somewhat Rogue” Group
“Somewhat Rogue” comprises Ann Lovett, Linda Jaffe, and Kim Hamilton, who are long-time practicing poets, but relatively new to the Rogue Valley poetry community. They each teach poetry classes at OLLI and have published widely in national journals including Comstock Review, The Atlanta Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Mid-Atlantic Review, Ursa Minor and LOCUSPOINT. Their collection, Sight Reading, is now available.
|April 30, 2019
7:00 pm: Bloomsbury Reading Group - Maid
April 30, 2019 –
The Bloomsbury Reading Group is starting up again!
If you love to read and discuss books, please join the Bloomsbury Reading Group.
20% off the month's selection for members of the Reading Group.
Our April book selection is:
Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay and a Mother's Will to Survive by Stephanie Land
|May 1, 2019
7:00 pm: The Art of Spiritual Journal Keeping - a monthly discussion
May 1, 2019 –
Wednesday May 1st 7-8 pm
"The process of writing uncovers our deepest thoughts and emotions, then transforms them into a medium of teaching for others. We can change the future through an understanding and reconciliation of the past.”
Harold Klemp, Days of Soul Journal, Foreword
|May 2, 2019
7:00 pm: Fire at My Feet
May 2, 2019 –
Thursday May 2nd 7:00 pm
Clay Dickerson discusses his book
Fire at My Feet
The book shares real-life events taken from the nearly 40-year career of local author, Clay Dickerson. Dickerson is a veteran wildfire fighter and retired professional Forester with the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF). Most of his long career was spent in Southwestern Oregon (SWO).
Fire At My Feet tells how the author began his lengthy ODF employment of nearly 40 years, by working as a summer crewman on a rural patrol engine for the Grants Pass ODF Unit. The book shares some of his interesting, exciting, and sometimes frightening experiences from 1962-66 at various jobs on wildland fire lines. He continued with ODF full-time after college graduation, with hair-raising tales of logging accidents, violent winter storms and landslides that were survived when at work daily in the coastal woods. More fire experiences from diverse locations are also told from, across Oregon and in surrounding states.
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|May 6, 2019
7:00 pm: Pocket Guide for Lightworkers from Archangel Metatron
May 6, 2019 –
Monday, May 6th 7:00 pm
Ruth Anne Rhine discusses her book
Pocket Guide for Lightworkers from Archangel Metatron
This book will assist all heart-centered people as to how to maintain a peaceful and compassionate perspective, now and in the years ahead, while existing amid global chaos, as our Earth transitions into one of peaceful coexistence.
The Author, Ruth Anne Rhine, will be discussing the book's beneficial content, who Archangel Metatron is, and her development of channeling, along with reading a few excerpts.
|May 7, 2019||May 8, 2019
7:00 pm: Artificial Intelligence: Confronting the Revolution
May 8, 2019 –
Wednesday May 8th 7:00 pm
James Adams discusses his book
Artificial Intelligence: Confronting the Revolution
Artificial Intelligence is a revolution that will impact all of humanity and may, ultimately, destroy life as we know it. Over the next 15 years, America will be transformed with tens of millions of jobs lost, rapidly growing inequalities and a swollen underclass. At the same time, health care will be transformed, lifespans extended and climate change tackled through AI.
Local author James Adams will be sharing the findings from his latest book, Artificial Intelligence - Confronting The Revolution.
|May 9, 2019
7:00 pm: That's Just The Way Life Is: A Memoir
May 9, 2019 –
Thursday May 9th 7:00 pm
Leslie Compton discusses her book
That's Just The Way Life Is: A Memoir
That’s Just the Way Life Is, is a narrative non-fiction. Having written daily in a journal during the difficult day-to-day journey while caring for my father during his final months with cancer this book has emerged. Through the pages are woven flashbacks of treasured memories of love, warmth and shared moments that bring solace and a renewed resolution.
America is aging. The ‘baby boom’ generation is confronting such loss with little or no first-hand experience in a culture that perpetually denies the brutal reality of care giving and looks for short cuts to deal with the painful process of grief. Living through this time with my father, I realized the need for caregivers to be validated. Readers will learn they can survive this process. They will also see priceless opportunities to resolve issues and renew memories to treasure in their period of grief.
I will talk about the difficult times as well as the delightful memories, and the many choices they have demonstrated through role-play.
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|May 13, 2019
7:00 pm: Watershed Redemption
May 13, 2019 –
Monday May 13th 7:00 pm
Diana Hartel author of
Diana Hartel’s Watershed Redemption opens with efforts to save Pacific salmon of the Klamath. These long-form essays on important US watersheds are powerful calls to action. “With elegant, crystal-clear prose, she weaves a dire yet hopeful tapestry of ecological ignorance, genocide, and tenacious activism.” –Balcombe, Siskiyou Prize n Shakespeare Festival and is the poetry editor of the JPR listeners’ magazine, Jefferson Journal.
|May 14, 2019||May 15, 2019||May 16, 2019
7:00 pm: Straw Bale Building Details: An Illustrated Guide for Design and Construction
May 16, 2019 –
Thursday May 16th 7:00 pm
Jim Reiland Contributing Editor, talks about -
Straw Bale Building Details: An Illustrated Guide for Design and Construction
Almost weekly we learn from climate scientists that climate change will impact us sooner and more severely than earlier predictions. In North America, 40% of all the energy we consume is used to heat, cool, and operate buildings—homes, offices, schools, hospitals, factories, stores, etc. Another 10% is used in construction. If we’re going to replace structures that have reached the end of their service life, we need the new buildings to last for hundreds of years, we need them to be energy efficient, and we need them to be energy neutral by either sequestering carbon, or having a very low embodied energy to begin with. Straw does all of these! Many super-energy efficient straw bale buildings demonstrate that this is possible. Given the urgency we face, straw makes sense, and it’s an annually renewable, non-toxic, locally abundant by-product of a food crop harvest!
Jackson County leads Oregon in the number of permitted straw bale structures—over fifty and counting! At least six of those straw bale buildings are in Ashland.
The book is the culmination of a twelve-year effort by members of the California Straw Building Association, a non-profit organization that promotes and advocates for the use of straw in buildings. All of the book’s authors volunteered their time and expertise to this project; all proceeds from book sales go to further CASBA’s research and outreach efforts.
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|May 20, 2019
7:00 pm: Oh Baby! An Adoption Story
May 20, 2019 –
Monday May 20th 7:00 pm
Sue DeMarinis discusses her novel
Oh Baby! An Adoption Story
Local author Sue DeMarinis will be discussing her debut novel - Oh, Baby! Told as heartwarming, funny, and often unbelievable stories of becoming a mother at 50, with a parallel fictional tale of a young Guatemalan woman who wasn’t quite ready for the role of motherhood, and the baby that connected them.
|May 21, 2019||May 22, 2019
7:00 pm: The Poetry of Carlos Reyes and Alma Rosa Alvarez
May 22, 2019 –
Wednesday May 22nd 7:00 pm
The Poetry of Carlos Reyes and Alma Rosa Alvarez
CARLOS REYES is a world traveler and his journeys inform his poetry. He is the author of 11 volumes of Poetry and many volumes of translations Recent poetry: Two People in the Night by a River, Along the Flaggy Shore, Poems from West Clare Guilt in Our Pockets, Poems from South India , Pomegranate. Sister of the Heart . Forthcoming: Wrestling the Mistral . Recent translations: Poems of Love and Madness, Poemas de amor y locura, Selected Translations . He is also the author of a prose memoir, The Keys to the Cottage, Stories from the West of Ireland .
Alma Rosa Alvarez is a professor of English at Southern Oregon University where she has taught for twenty two years. Her teaching focus is on ethnic literatures in the U.S. Alma Rosa is inspired by the work of Pablo Neruda, Lucille Clifton and Tomas Rivera. Some of her work has been published in the local journal Main Squeeze. For the last four years, Alma Rosa has also worked on local racial justice issues through the Racial Equity Coalition.
|May 23, 2019
7:00 pm: No Right Way
May 23, 2019 –
Thursday May 23rd 7:00 pm
Michael Niemann discusses his novel
No Right Way
It is the fall of 2015. The refugee stream from Syria into Turkey has swelled to unprecedented numbers. Valentin Vermeulen, investigator for the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services, is sent to check that the money sent to alleviate the crisis is spent for the intended purposes.After meeting refugees not living in an official camp, he learns that none of them have received any aid.
His investigation as to why the refugees in the camp haven’t receive any aid leads to the discovery of an audacious fraud perpetrated by the local mafia. Chased by the mafia and the police, desperate to recover the stolen millions, Vermeulen faces his toughest challenge yet.
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7:00 pm: Light Years
May 30, 2019 –
Thursday May 30th 7:00 pm
Chris Rush talks about his memoir
The Light Years is a joyous and defiant coming-of-age memoir set during one of the most turbulent times in American history.
Chris Rush was born into a prosperous, fiercely Roman Catholic, New Jersey family. But underneath the gleaming mid-century house, the flawless hostess mom, and the thriving businessman dad ran an unspoken tension that, amid the upheaval of the late 1960s, was destined to fracture their precarious facade.
After an unceremonious ejection from an experimental art school, Rush heads to Tucson to make a major drug purchase and, still barely a teenager, disappears into the nascent American counterculture. Stitching together a ragged assemblage of lowlifes, prophets, and fellow wanderers, he seeks kinship in the communes of the west. His adolescence is spent looking for knowledge, for the divine, for home. Given what Rush confronts on his travels--from ordinary heartbreak to unimaginable violence--it is a miracle he is still alive.
The Light Years is a prayer for vanished friends, an odyssey signposted with broken and extraordinary people. It transcends one boy's story to perfectly illustrate the slow slide from the optimism of the 1960s into the darker and more sinister 1970s. This is a riveting, heart-stopping journey of discovery and reconciliation, as Rush faces his lost childhood and, finally, himself.
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