Literary Arts is pleased to announce events in Klamath Falls on May 15th-17th, as part of the Oregon Book Awards Author Tour. Authors George Estreich, April Henry and Jen Violi will appear at events Tuesday-Friday in Klamath Falls.

Best-selling young adult author and Oregon Book Awards finalist April Henry will appear on Tuesday, May 15th at the Klamath Falls Public Library (126 South 3rd Street) at 5:30 p.m. April will talk about her latest books, how to find inspiration in your everyday life, writing for teens, and more.

In addition, authors George Estreich and Jen Violi will offer free writing workshops on Wednesday, May 16th at the Klamath Falls Library. Jen and George will also appear together for a reading at the Klamath Falls library on Thursday, May 17th at 6:30 p.m.

ABOUT THE WORKSHOPS:

Discover the Book You Were Meant to Write
A workshop with Jen Violi
3:00p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 16th

This workshop is an expedition into the unknown. We’ll uncover your story and life patterns, the clues to that book you’ve got in you. For instance: What always gets you riled up? Where is your big joy? We’ll free-write up a storm, tap into collective wisdom through shared, generative feedback, and you’ll leave the workshop with questions, practices, and energy to fuel you and your book-to-be.

Teach Your Readers: Creative Nonfiction and Making the Most of What You Know
A workshop with George Estreich
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 16th

A writer is a teacher. We value writers of essay, memoir, and nonfiction, not only for their finely wrought sentences or experiments in form, but also for what they can teach us. In this workshop, we’ll talk about how to move from topics to subjects. Reading brief published excerpts, using writing prompts, and discussing your writing, we’ll look at the imaginative possibilities of what you already know.

Both workshops are free but space is limited and participants are asked to register by emailing Susan Denning at susan@literary-arts.org.

About the authors appearing at Klamath Falls:

April Henry has written thirteen mysteries and thrillers for teens and adults. Her first young adult novel, Shock Point, was an ALA Quick Pick, a Top 10 Books for Teens nominee, a New York Library’s Books for the Teen Age book, named to the Texas Tayshas list, and a finalist for Philadelphia’s Young Readers Choice Award. Her book, Girl, Stolen is a 2012 Oregon Book Award finalist.

George Estreich has taught writing at Duke, the University of Pennsylvania, and Oregon State University. His book, The Shape of the Eye is a 2012 Oregon Book Award winner. The Shape of the Eye is an at-home dad’s memoir about raising a daughter with Down syndrome, setting one child’s story against the stories associated with her diagnosis.

Jen Violi is an Oregon Book Award finalist for her first novel, Putting Makeup on Dead People. Jen creates her life amidst the green and caffeine in Portland. According to Jen, she’s a book midwife, helping writers bring forth the books they were meant to write. Book writing is personal and life changing, and what Jen offers also honors that. Side effects can include back pain, weird food cravings, and big feelings, so Jen’s work with writers includes healthy supplements of compassion, reverence, and pickles, as needed. Learn more at www.jenvioli.com.

This program was made possible in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities (OH), a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds OH’s grant program.