EVENTS IN MARCH, 2018
In this compelling, beautiful memoir, award-winning writer Apricot Irving recounts her childhood as a missionary’s daughter in Haiti during a time of upheaval–both in the country and in her home.
Beautiful, poignant, and explosive, The Gospel of Trees is the story of a family crushed by ideals, and restored to kindness by honesty. Told against the backdrop of Haiti’s long history of intervention–often unwelcome–it grapples with the complicated legacy of those who wish to improve the world. Drawing from family letters, cassette tapes, journals, and interviews, it is an exploration of missionary culpability and idealism, told from within.
EVENTS IN APRIL, 2018
How does a twenty-first-century woman living in rural southern Oregon enter the spiritual realm of the Dreamtime and what impact does it have on her life? Denise Kester is an artist and art teacher whose inner dream life is populated by a host of profound characters (brown bears, black crows, blue monkeys, sea turtles, and rabbits among others) who guide Denise through a difficult year of artistic creation as she stares down at a deadline for an important exhibit. Drawing on the Dream is part instruction for artists but even more a profound illumination on the way of the artist. Denise Kester’s profound and beautiful book combines personal testimony of her creative process, her deep inner life within the Dreamtime, and full color reproductions of her monoprints.
Thursday, April 5th, 7:00 pm
Poetry Reading with Jerry Martien and Pepper Trail
Jerry Martien will read and sign copies of his recent collection of poems, Earth Tickets. Poems of celebration and protest and mourning, Earth Tickets draws on the author’s experience as a caretaker to his aged mother in her last years, his stewardship of Humboldt Bay’s coastal dunes and forests, and a quarter century of work as a carpenter and writing teacher.
He will be joined by local naturalist and poet Pepper Trail, who has shared reading venues with Martien over many years. Trail will read from his new collection, An Empty Bowl. These poems range the world, from the crowded streets of Vietnam to the melting Arctic tundra, and from imagined flights of vanished birds to intimate memories of family life. An Empty Bowl is filled with both the urgency of our present moment and with the timeless questions of what it means to be human.
Barry will be reading favorite poems that give delight and hurt not – or if, only a little.
Among poets represented will be W.H. Auden, Elizabeth Barret & Robert Browning, Billy Collins, Wendy Cope, ee cummings, John Donne, Carol Ann Duffy, Gavin Ewart, Kenneth Koch, and more!
Since the beginning of human history, stories have helped people make sense of their lives and their world. Today, an understanding of storytelling is invaluable as we seek to orient ourselves within a flood of raw information and an unprecedented variety of supposedly true accounts.
The Graduate, the most unexpected cinematic blockbuster of the sixties, has contributed a wealth of iconic images to American popular culture with particular urgency to a generation of young people who questioned their place in a rapidly changing world. Beverly Gray’s SEDUCED BY MRS. ROBINSON: How The Graduate Became the Touchstone of a Generation celebrates the 50th anniversary of this cultural phenomenon, putting the film in historical context and offering keen insights as well as lively newly-revealed factoids.
Thursday, April 19th, 7:00 pm
Antoinette Kennedy discusses Far From Home
Far from Home is a debut memoir that probes the hidden heart of the convent. With honesty, humor, and a respect for paradox, Antoinette Kennedy scrutinizes her decision to enter the Sisters of Saint Francis and the discoveries that ultimately propelled her return to the secular world.
Monday, April 23rd, 7:00 pm
Poetry Reading with Janice Rubin and Leah Stenson
Janice D. Rubin is a counselor and educator. Her poems have been published in the Austin International Poetry Anthology, Tiger’s Eye Poetry Journal, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, It Demands a Wildness of Me Anthology and other journals. She was nominated for the Pushcart Poetry Prize in 2008. She’s the author of Transcending Damnation Creek Trail & Other Poems, Her full-length collection Tin Coyote has just arrived.
Drawing from a deep well of autobiographical and cross-cultural experience, Everywhere I Find Myself is a wide-ranging narrative journey of the heart.
Scone by Scone…Tales of an Innkeeper’s Life is a new book by Deedie Runkel detailing her experiences running Anne Hathaway’s B&B and Garden Suites for fifteen years. Runkel and her husband David moved to Ashland in 2002 after more than 20 years inside the Washington, DC beltway. Shifting from public service to serving the public proved daunting, as the couple’s prior experience had not included working together 24/7, profit and loss statements or serving gourmet breakfasts, among many other things.
All events are FREE and open to the public.