Local Book Love

On Friday, October 21st,  I had the great pleasure to hear a reading from two talented authors at Broadway Books in Portland.

The first was a local author that I had never heard of before, Lisa Wells. She read from her book Yeah. No. Totally. The essay she read, a reflection on a favorite family vacation spot which has since been erased by housing developments, was well-written, well-read and evocative of the “now” in Oregon. Zeitgeist is the word, she is the voice. I haven’t read the book yet but I plan to.

The next person to read was Matt Love, whom I’ve written about before. Love is an author and high-school English teacher in Newport, Oregon. He’s written previously about his stint as a caretaker on a wildlife refuge. His current book is about the Yaquina Bay Bridge, the “crown jewel of Oregon socialism.” He handed out a newspaper issue his students created all about the bridge, with pictures, poems and stories. It’s amazing what properly led and motivated high schoolers can do. I haven’t read Love’s book yet either but it’s on my list of Oregon stuff to do before moving.

It’s amazing how much there is on offer in Portland any given night!



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s