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John Larison was born in Oregon in 1979, and worked as a fly-fishing guide and high school English teacher before turning full-time to writing. His most recent novel, Whiskey When We’re Dry, was a Los Angeles Times Bestseller, an Indie Next Pick, and a finalist for the 2019 Ken Kesey Award. It was named a Best Book by O Magazine, Goodreads, Entertainment Weekly, Outside Magazine, Powell's, NPR's All Things Considered, and others, and is currently being developed for a feature film. He lives with his family near Bellfountain, Oregon.
Emily Whitman grew up in Colorado and studied history at Harvard and UC Berkeley. She's worked in bookstores and behind library reference desks. In her novels for kids and teens, myth and magic are part of everyday life. Emily loves researching her books, whether by mining library treasures or learning to fly falcons. Her most recent novel, The Turning, won the 2019 Eloise Jarvis McGraw Award for Children’s Literature. She lives with her family in Portland, Oregon.
This free public program is most suitable for adults, high school, and middle school students. Books by the tour’s authors will be available at the events. The program is made possible by Oregon’s Literary Arts, a community-based nonprofit with a mission to engage readers, support writers, and inspire the next generation with great literature. For more information about this program, please contact Library Director Amy Hutchinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-947-6019. For more information about Literary Arts, connect online at literary-arts.org or contact Susan Moore at email@example.com or 503-227-2583.