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Springfield Celebrates Authors: Allison Cobb and Aaron Gilbreath

Sat, April 16 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm PDT
225 5th St Springfield, OR 97477
in person and online

Join two of this year’s finalists in Creative Nonfiction for a talk and reading at the Springfield Public Library.

In Plastic: An Autobiography (Nightboat Books), Alison Cobb’s obsession with a large plastic car part leads her to explore the violence of our consume-and-dispose culture, including her own life as a child of Los Alamos, where the first atomic bombs were made. The journey exposes the interconnections among plastic waste, climate change, nuclear technologies, and racism. 

Aaron Gilbreath is the author of The Heart of California: Exploring the San Joaquin Valley (University of Nebraska Press). The Heart of California weaves the story of historian Frank Latta’s forgotten 1938 boat trip from Bakersfield to San Francisco with Aaron Gilbreath’s trip retracing Latta’s route by car during the 2014 drought, to bring this important, unusual region to life.

Springfield Celebrates Authors is an annual series presented by the Springfield Public Library highlighting local, national and international authors.  Past events can be found on the Springfield Celebrates Authors Playlist on the library’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/wheremindsgrow. All events are free and open to the public.

This event takes place in person, and there is also the option to attend on Zoom.

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Allison Cobb

Allison Cobb is the author of Plastic: An Autobiography (Nightboat Books), a 2022 Oregon Book Awards finalist. She is also the author of  After We All Died, which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards in poetry,  Born2, and Green-Wood. She works for the Environmental Defense Fund .
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Aaron Gilbreath

Aaron Gilbreath is the author of The Heart of California: Exploring the San Joaquin Valley (University of Nebraska Press), a 2022 Oregon Book Award finalist in Creative Nonfiction. His essays have appeared in Harper's, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Dublin Review, been nominated for a James Beard Award, and named notable in Best American Essays, Best American Travel Writing, and Best American Sports Writing.
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