Friday, May 17, 2013
The Oregon Book Awards Author Tour brings Oregon Book Awards finalist Alexis Smith to the Hood River Library for an author talk on May 19, at 2 p.m.
Smith grew up in Soldotna, Alaska, and Seattle, Wash.. She holds degrees from Portland State University and Goddard College. She was selected as a finalist in fiction for her debut novel “Glaciers,” published by Tin House Books.
This program is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Hood River County Library District and Literary Arts.
For more information about the program, please contact the Library District at 541-386-2535, info@ hoodriverlibrary.org, or visit their website at http://hoodriverlibrary.org. For more information about the programs of Literary Arts please contact them at 503.227.2583 or visit www.literary-arts.org
Smith spent her early years in Alaska. When she was in sixth grade, her family moved to Seattle. She’s spent the last 12 years in Portland. But images from her Alaskan childhood still fill her stories and dreams.
“Glaciers” follows Isabel through a day in her life in which work with damaged books in the basement of a library, unrequited love for the former soldier who fixes her computer, and dreams of the perfect vintage dress, move over a backdrop of deteriorating urban architecture and the imminent loss of the glaciers she knew as a young girl in Alaska.
This program is sponsored by Literary Arts of Portland, Oregon. Their mission is to engage readers, support writers and inspire the next generation with great literature.
The programs of Literary Arts include: Writers in the Schools, Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships, Portland Arts & Lectures and Delve: Readers’ Seminars.
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