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Oregon Book Awards Author Tour 10/03-10/05, 2019, 9/19/2019

​Spend some time with Oregon’s best authors hosted by your local library and Literary Arts. Nick Dybek, John Larison, and Emily Whitman, will all read from, speak about, and sign their novels recently honored by Literary Art’s Oregon Book Awards. The author tour will be in Christmas Valley on Thursday, October 3, 2019, at 6:30 PM at the Boosters Hall; in Paisley on Friday, October 4, 2019, at 11:00 AM at the Community Hall; and in Lakeview on Friday, October 4, 2019, at 6:30 PM in the Main Library Meeting Room. 

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Nick Dybek is a recipient of a Granta New Voices selection, a Michener-Copernicus Society of America Award, and a Maytag Fellowship. He received a BA from the University of Michigan and an MFA from The Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He teaches at Oregon State University. He is the author of When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man and The Verdun Affair, a finalist for the 2019 Ken Kesey Award for Fiction.
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 or 541-947-6019. For more information about Literary Arts, connect online at or contact Susan Moore at or 503-227-2583. 

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