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For Information Contact: Jen Dixon, Library Office Manager
131 N Hemlock St, Cannon Beach, OR 97110

RARE AND OLD BOOK SALE – A Fundraiser for the Cannon Beach Library

Don’t miss the library’s Rare and Old Book Sale fundraiser this Memorial Day weekend, Saturday May 28 through Monday May 30, from 12 to 4 PM.

This fundraiser is returning after a two-year Covid hiatus. Volunteers sort through donations to find the rare and collectible titles, which are then evaluated by an expert for value and condition. Choose from a selection of titles across a wide range of prices – whether you’re a serious collector, or just looking for something interesting.

All proceeds benefit the Cannon Beach Library, one of the few private non-profit libraries left in the country.

The Cannon Beach Library is located at 131 N Hemlock Street, downtown Cannon Beach, Oregon. For more information visit our website

For Immediate Release

For Information: Jen Dixon

503 436-1391

Karl Marlantes to Discuss His Novels in Presentation at Coaster Theatre

North Coast native and popular author Karl Marlantes will discuss his novels, “Deep River” and “Matterhorn” during a presentation sponsored by the Cannon Beach Library.

The in-person presentation will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7, in the Coaster Theatre Playhouse, 108 N. Hemlock St. Admission is free. Proof of Covid vaccination is required. Masks are optional.

Born in Astoria, Marlantes grew up in Seaside and attended Seaside High School, where he was student body president. Marlantes also attended Yale University. He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University and earned a master’s degree.

His first book, “Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War,” written in 2010, was called by the New York Times “one of the most profound and devastating novels ever to come out of Vietnam– or any war.”

It is based on Marlantes’ combat experience as an infantry officer with the 1st Battalion of the U.S. Marines from 1968 to 1969. He was awarded the Navy Cross for leading an assault on a hilltop bunker complex, which is at the core of “Matterhorn.”

Marlantes also received a Bronze Star, two Navy commendation medals for valor, two Purple Hearts and 10 Air Medals.

His second book, a memoir published in 2011, was “What It Is Like to Go to War.” It is about his return  as a civilian and life as a Vietnam War veteran.

In 2019, Marlantes turned in a different direction with his novel, “Deep River,” about the logging industry, canneries and labor organizations on the Columbia River in Oregon and Washington in the early 20th century.

The book follows a Finnish family that leaves Finland and makes its way to Astoria and Southwest Washington, much like Marlantes’ grandparents did when they left their homelands.

Marlantes’ presentation is sponsored by the NW Authors Series, which welcomes authors monthly from September to May and offers the Writers Read Celebration for local writers.

For Immediate Release
Contact: Jen Dixon
503 436-1391

Author to discuss his novels that incorporate current events

Oregon author Omar El Akkad will talk about his award-winning novels, “American War,” and “WhatStrange Paradise” at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 16 during a Cannon Beach Library Facebook Live presentation. Viewers don’t have to subscribe to Facebook to view the presentation. It can be reached through the library’s website,, or by the library’s Facebook page.

In El Akkad’s novels, the fictional characters grapple with events and issues in today’s news. His latest novel, “What Strange Paradise,” was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 2021. It is told from the viewpoint of two children caught up in the real-life Middle East wars and the migrant crisis that followed.

His debut novel, “American War,” takes place during the second American Civil War in 2074 when the United States is ravaged by climate change and disease. It asks what might happen if America were to turn its most devastating policies and deadly weapons upon itself. The novel was translated into 13 languages. It won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers’Award, the Oregon Book Award for fiction and the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize.

El Akkad was born in Egypt, grew up in Qatar, moved to Canada as a teenager and now lives inPortland, Oregon. The start of his journalism career coincided with the start of the war on terror, and over the following decade he reported from Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay and other locations around the world. His work earned a National Newspaper Award for Investigative Journalism and the Goff Penny Award for young journalists. His fiction and nonfiction writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Le Monde, Guernica, GQ and other newspapers and magazines.


Nancy McCarthy,

503 436-2659; cell/text: 503 407-9858

Writers Read Celebration Explores ‘Recovery’  on March 5

In an era when the word “recovery” is on the minds of many people, the word manifests itself in myriad ways.

For 11 writers selected to read during the Cannon Beach Library’s Writers Read Celebration, “recovery” ranges from life after Covid to tending to an ailing bird. Recovery also means a light-splashed winter day, finding the path after being lost on a trail, discovering an old swimming hole or relearning to garden as a cyborg.

The Celebration begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 5 on Facebook Live. Viewers don’t have to be Facebook members. To access the program, go to the library’s website at www.cannonbeachlibrary.organd click on the banner at the top of the page. The event can also be reached by going to the library’s Facebook page.

Last year, the Writers Read Celebration reached more than 1,300 viewers.

This is the fourth year the Cannon Beach Library has hosted the Writers Read Celebration. Sixteen pieces to be read include poems, essays, a rap and a “shuffle” poem, where individual lines are written and shuffled to create different poems.

From November through January, the Cannon Beach Library’s NW Authors Series Committee asked writers to submit entries on the theme, “Recovery?” to be read at the Writers Read Celebration. The pieces were to be no longer than 600 words.

A five-member panel selected 16 pieces from 45 entries without knowing who wrote them. The writers range from Camas, Washington to Wheeler, Oregon and include several from Clatsop and Tillamook counties. The writers who will read their works are:

Scott T. Starbuck, Battle Ground, Washington: poem, “Slim’s Tree”
Bill Grafius, Gearhart: poems, “The Cyborg Gardener,” “Deciding Factor”
Steven Mayer, Cannon Beach: essay, “On Recovery”
Phyllis Mannan, Manzanita: story, “Holes” and poem, “Poem with a Line from Lao
John Ciminello, Naselle, Washington: poems, “The Douser,” “Back to the Beginning”
Karen Keltz, Tillamook: poems, “Another Kind of Resilience,” “Realm of Possibility”
Emily Ransdell, Camas, Washington: poems, “Consider the Blackberry,” “Our
   Pandemic Year”
Jennifer Nightingale, Astoria: poem, “Everything Changed”
Kristen Nekovar, Astoria: rap poem, “Pill Bug”
L Swartz, Wheeler: shuffle poem, “Hunger, edges, falling”
Adria Bagadnani, Manzanita: poem, “Bird”



Information: Nancy McCarthy

503 436-2659 or 503 407-9858 (cell/text)

Cannon Beach Library Seeks Submissions for Writers Read Celebration

This year’s theme is ‘Recovery?’

Recovery manifests itself in myriad ways. The Cannon Beach Library’s NW Authors Series Committee invites local writers to consider what “recovery” means to them and to submit their works for the fourth annual Writers Read Celebration.

All writers of all ages can participate in developing this year’s theme, “Recovery?”.

The deadline for submissions is Jan. 24.

A panel of volunteer judges will select 10 to 12 works to be read by their authors during the celebration, held via Zoom, on March 5.

This year’s theme, “Recovery?” looks at the many meanings of recovery. Writers may approach the theme from any angle, and they may even ask if what appears to be “recovery” really is what they imagined.

All written formats will be considered (essay, story, poetry, prose, etc.) Authors are limited to three entries with a 600-word maximum per entry.

Submissions will be accepted by email ( or by mail (P.O. Box 486 Cannon Beach, OR 97110), though email is preferred.

Submissions should be in Word or PDF format and include a cover letter with the writer’s name, email and phone number. Please do not include the author’s name or contact information on the entry document so authors remain anonymous during the judging process.

The NW Authors Series Committee sponsors monthly author presentations and other events at the Cannon Beach Library. This is the fourth year of the Writers Read Celebration. Previous themes were: “Life on the North Coast,”  “The View from the North Coast” and “Pandemic.” Last year’s Writers Read Celebration on Zoom is available for viewing on Cannon Beach Library’s website or on its  Facebook page.

Cannon Beach Library Becomes a Fine Free Library

For Immediate Release: Friday, September 3, 2021

Cannon Beach, Oregon – The Cannon Beach Library Board of Directors is pleased to announce that patrons will no longer be subject to overdue fines, effective September 3. The library will eliminate overdue fines on materials in all formats, clear existing fines, and restore access to accounts blocked due to unpaid fines.

The new policy will remove fine debt for many patrons. The policy was approved by the Board of Directors in August. “This is a turning point in moving the library forward,” said Phyllis Bernt, board president. “As a nonprofit library every dollar counts, but we’ve watched as fine revenue has consistently waned. Our ultimate goal as a library is to increase access to information and to eliminate barriers to patrons’ ability to use library services. This decision was about eliminating barriers.” Bernt added, “A body of research has shown that, while late fines were originally implemented as an incentive to borrow responsibly, they really don’t work. A large percentage are never collected and doing away with fines does not affect the return of library materials. We felt it was time to add our library to the growing list of institutions throughout the country that have done away with the practice.”

Claire Landrum, board secretary, spent her career as a children’s librarian. She was the driving force behind the motion to become fine free, which easily gained traction with the rest of the board. “Overdue fines disproportionately affect children, especially those in vulnerable groups, and fixed-income seniors. Some families can’t allow their children to use the library because of fines, and nobody wants to have that uncomfortable conversation about debt.” Landrum included, “Everyone in the community benefits when children and seniors can access the resources they need.”

Because the library isn’t a tax-supported public library, there will still be a $10.00 fee for annual library cards, and fees for some services, such as using the public computers, printing, and making copies. Library materials will still have due dates of two weeks and patrons will still be expected to return library materials within the two-week checkout period. Patrons will receive notices reminding them that they have overdue materials, and they will be charged for materials not returned within 49 days of the due date (28 days for new books and DVDs). The library cards of patrons with materials not returned by the 49 or 28-day deadlines will be suspended. Those charges will be cleared and library cards reinstated once the items are returned. Patrons will also be responsible for replacement charges for materials that are lost or damaged. The library offers easy ways to renew materials by phone or by email, and items may be returned any time.

Media Contact:

Jen Dixon, Office Manager

For information:

Nancy McCarthy

Author Dana Haynes to discuss new thriller, ‘Sirocco’

Portland author Dana Haynes will launch the Cannon Beach Library’s 2021-2022 NW Authors Series when he discusses his latest mystery thriller, “Sirocco,” on Sept. 11.

The presentation will be on Facebook Live at 2 p.m. Viewers don’t have to subscribe to Facebook; they can find the link on the library’s website,

Haynes is the author of nine published mysteries and thrillers from Blackstone Publishing, St. Martin’s Press and Bantam Books.  His latest series kicked off in 2019 with “St. Nicholas Salvage and Wrecking.” It was followed in January 2021 with the sequel, “Sirocco,” and will be followed in 2022 by “The Saint of Thieves.”

“Sirocco” continues to follow bounty hunters Michael Finnigan, a former New York City cop, and Katalin Fiero Dahar, a former Spanish assassin, as they operate in the shadowy underworld of international crime-hunting and are hunted by the world’s most dangerous terrorists.

Haynes is editor-in-chief of the Portland Tribune, an award-winning journalist, and a former political speechwriter. His short stories appeared this year in Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen mystery magazines.

He lives in Portland with his wife, Katy King, and their cat, Violet.

The NW Authors Series, a committee of the Cannon Beach Library, sponsors monthly author talks and other events from September through May.


For Immediate Release

Information: Nancy McCarthy

Oregon Coast reporter Lori Tobias to discuss memoir,  “Storm Beat”

Oregon Coast journalist Lori Tobias will talk about her book, “Storm Beat,” which chronicles her years covering the Oregon Coast for The Oregonian, during a Zoom/Facebook ` presentation at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 15.

The discussion is hosted by the Cannon Beach Library’s NW Authors Series. To see her presentation, go to the library’s website, and click on the Zoom link at the top of the page. Or, check the library’s Facebook page, at and roll down to “posts.”

People do not need to be members of Facebook to access the talk.

Tobias arrived on the Oregon Coast in 2000. After freelancing from Newport for several years, she signed on to The Oregonian as a stringer covering the coast from Florence to Astoria. Later, she was hired as a staff writer responsible for the entirety of the coast—one person for 363 miles. The job meant long hours, being called out for storms in the middle of the night in dangerous conditions and driving hundreds of miles in a day if stories called for it.

Tobias has worked as a journalist for more than 25 years, including time at the Rocky Mountain News as a columnist and features writer. She currently freelances for several publications and is a columnist for Oregon Arts Watch. Her novel, “Wander,” was published by Red Hen Press in 2016.

Tobias lives on the Oregon Coast with her husband Chan and rescue pups Luna and Monkey.


For Immediate Release

For Information: Nancy McCarthy; 503 436-2659

Cannon Beach Library hosts bestselling mystery author J.A. Jance

Join bestselling mystery author J.A. Jance at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 10, as the Cannon Beach Library hosts her on Zoom and Facebook.

To see her presentation, go to the library’s website, and click on the Zoom link at the top of the page. Or, check the library’s Facebook page, at and roll down to “posts.”

Jance will present “J.A. Jance, Her Life and Times, 2021 Edition.” She will discuss what she’s working on now, what’s coming next and the origins of some of her popular characters.

She also will highlight her latest Joanna Brady book, Missing and Endangered.

Jance is a top 10 New York Times bestselling author of the Joanna Brady series; the J. P. Beaumont series; three inter-related thrillers featuring the Walker family; and Edge of Evil, the first in a series featuring Ali Reynolds.

Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle with their two long-haired miniature dachshunds.

Jance is the latest author to participate in the Cannon Beach Library’s NW Authors Series. Other authors’ presentations are available on the library’s website.


For  Immediate Release

Contact: Nancy McCarthy

503 436-2659;

Author to discuss Oregon’s slave debate in Cannon Beach Library talk

Historian and journalist R. Gregory Nokes will deliver a Zoom presentation for Cannon Beach Library on March 20 about early Oregonians who were on opposite sides of the intense debate over whether Oregon should be a slave state.

His talk will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 20. Check the Cannon Beach Library website,, for the Zoom link.

It’s little remembered today that the issue of slavery was the dominant issue facing delegates to Oregon’s Constitutional Convention in 1857. But the debate actually began much earlier when the first major wagon trains brought white settlers to Oregon, a few of whom came with slaves.

Nokes will discuss the two books he has written on Oregon slavery, “Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory,” and “The Troubled Life of Peter Burnett: Oregon Pioneer and First Governor of California.” Nokes will discuss a third book coming out this year, “Eminent Oregonians,” which includes a section on Jesse Applegate, who, as a delegate to the constitutional convention, carried the argument against slavery.

Nokes spent 40 years as a journalist with the Associated Press and The Oregonian. He was an AP foreign correspondent in Latin America and AP State Department correspondent in Washington, D.C.


For Immediate Release

Contact: Nancy McCarthy

503 436-2659

Writers to Read Stories, Poems, Essays on ‘Pandemic’ Theme


It’s a word everyone has heard constantly for nearly a year. But it can take on different meanings over time. Ten writers will read their works describing what “pandemic” means to them during the Writers Read Celebration, hosted by the Cannon Beach Library.

The Celebration begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 on Facebook Live. Viewers do not have to be Facebook members. To access the program, go to the library’s website at www.cannonbeachlibrary.organd click on the banner at the top of the page. The event can also be accessed by going to the library’s Facebook page.

Works to be read include stories, poems, essays, a haiku and limerick. From November through January, the Cannon Beach Library asked local residents and visitors to submit entries on the theme, “Pandemic,” to be read at the Writers Read Celebration. The pieces were to be no longer than 600 words.

A five-member panel selected 13 pieces from 51 without knowing who wrote them. The writers range from Vancouver, Washington to Salem, Oregon and include many from Clatsop and Tillamook counties.

The featured writers who will read their works are:

Laura E Bailey, story, “Not the Skin of a Well Man”

Nat Finn, story, “Hey-on, OldOld Man”

Lisa Mayfield, story/essay, “On Toilet Paper”

Jeanie McLaughlin, haiku, “Autumn Hope,” and limerick, “Ocean’s Remedy”

Robert Mushen, poem, “I Hope We Can Hug Again”

Russell Myers, poem, “Remembering Walter Gray”

Jennifer Nightingale, poem, “The Collective Voice,” and essay, “Resentment at the End of the Road”

Emily Ransdell, two poems, “Day Trip Through The Pandemic” and  “Elegy, Interrupted”

L Swartz, story, “Scared”

Alana Thelen, poem, “Pandemic Feast”


PO Box 486
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Cannon Beach, OR 97110-0486


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