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Northwest Authors Speaker Series Recorded Presentations

NW Author Series Recorded Presentations 2021-22 Season:

Omar El Akkad Facebook Live Presentation April 16, 2022:

Omar El Akkad, best-selling author of “American War,” joins library volunteer Doug Sugano to discuss his latest novel “What Strange Paradise.” Omar reads two powerful passages from his latest work, which has been nominated for the Oregon Book Award, and shares an intimate view of himself as a writer. He explores migration discourse, climate fiction, his writing process, and why writing is good for the soul.

4Th Annual Writers Read Celebration Live Presentation March 5, 2022:

The Cannon Beach Library’s NW Authors Series presents the 4th annual Writers Read Celebration. Chosen writers gathered to read original works interpreting the theme, “Recovery?” Volunteer Nancy McCarthy expertly proctored the event, introducing the writers and following up with questions about their works.

Stephen Holgate Facebook Live Presentation February 5, 2022:

Portland author Stephen Holgate returns to talk about his latest thriller, “To Live and Die in the Floating World.” He discusses his writing process, his character development, and how his real-life experiences reflect in his novels. He also treats us to a couple theatrical readings and shares some great stories.

Tina Ontiveros Facebook Live Presentation January 15, 2022:

Tina Ontiveros, author of the stirring memoir “Rough House,” joins us to discuss her writings, her early life, and her advice on creating contemporary nonfiction. Her important insights give a voice to those effected by poverty, as she explores the social constructs that help exploit the poor and cement class discrimination.

Deborah Reed Facebook Live Presentation November 13, 2021:

Deborah Reed, author and owner of Cloud and Leaf Bookstore in Manzanita, joined us for November’s NW Authors Series Presentation. Deborah shared her captivating insights on developing fiction – the need for a sense of place, ways to engage a reader, and the publication process. She also discussed her character development and her journey as a writer.

Karen Thompson Walker Facebook Live Presentation October 16, 2021:

Portland author Karen Thompson Walker discusses her writing process, characters, and upcoming projects. She also shares her insights into writing a pandemic-themed novel just as a real pandemic was gripping the world.

Dana Haynes Facebook Live Presentation September 11, 2021:

Portland author Dana Haynes kicks off the 2021-22 season of the Cannon Beach Library’s NW Authors Series, our ongoing speaker series that highlights authors of the Pacific Northwest. Haynes joins volunteer Nancy McCarthy to discuss “Sirocco,” the second book of his “St. Nicholas Salvage and Wrecking” series. He shares his insights about character development, travel, publishing, and the writing experience.


NW Author Series Recorded Presentations 2020-21 Season:

Lori Tobias Facebook Live Presentation, May 15, 2021:

The Cannon Beach Library’s NW Authors Series presents Lori Tobias. Volunteer Nancy McCarthy sits down with author and journalist Lori Tobias. Tobias gives us insight into her writing process, discusses new memoir “Storm Beat,” and shares her life spent in the unpredictable business of journalism.

J.A. Jance Facebook Live Presentation, April 10, 2021:

The Cannon Beach Library’s NW Authors Series hosts bestselling mystery author J.A. Jance. She joins us for a candid conversation about her life, her writings, and what comes next.

R. Gregory Nokes Zoom Presentation, March 20, 2021:

The Cannon Beach Library’s NW Authors Series hosts author, historian, and journalist Greg Nokes as he discusses the history of slavery in Oregon.

NW Author Series Writers Read Celebration, February 20, 2021:

The Cannon Beach Library’s NW Authors series presents the third annual Writers Read Celebration. Writers read original works on the theme “Pandemic”. February 20, 2021.

Jennifer Greer Facebook Live Presentation, January 23, 2021:

The Cannon Beach Library’s NW Authors Series presents author Jennifer Greer. Jennifer discusses her new crime thriller A Desperate Place.

Apricot Irving Zoom Presentation, October 10, 2020:

The Cannon Beach Library’s NW Authors Series hosts author Apricot Irving on Zoom Saturday, October 10th, 2020. She gives a moving talk about her experiences in Haiti through her award-winning memoir “The Gospel of Trees” and reads from her latest article about wildfires in Oregon.

Marianne Monson Facebook Live Presentation, August 22, 2020:

Paula Butterfield Zoom Presentation, September 19, 2020:

The Cannon Beach Library’s NW Authors Series presents author Paula Butterfield, who discusses her new historical fiction “La Luministe” and shares the beautiful works of artist Berthe Morisot.

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