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Published on January 16, 2018 10:28AM

The Manzanita Writers’ Series will kick off its 2018 offerings this Saturday, Jan. 20, with Deborah Reed reading from her new novel, “The Days When Birds Come Back.”

Set in a small town on the Oregon Coast, this tale of love and second chances brings two characters together through the renovation of an old house. The book has been described as a graceful testament to endurance, rebuilding and the possibilities of coming home.

Reed herself has moved to the Oregon Coast since her first featured reading at the Manzanita Writers’ Series.

Reed is the author of six literary novels, including “Olivay,” a Bustle magazine pick of the year for 2015; “Things We Set on Fire,” which sold more than 100,000 copies in the first six months; and “Carry Yourself Back to Me,” an Amazon Editor Pick of the year for 2011. She has also authored two popular thrillers under the pen name Audrey Braun.

The presentation will begin at 7 pm at the Hoffman Center for the Arts, 594 Laneda Avenue. Reed’s talk will be followed by a Q&A and an open mic, where local and visiting authors will have the chance to read five minutes of their work.

Admission is $7.

For more details, go to hoffmanblog.org or email kathiejhightower@gmail.com.

• Other speakers at this year’s Manzanita Writers’ Series include: Nicole J. Georges, author of “Fetch,” on Feb. 17; Omar El Akkad, author of “American War,” on March 17; Rene Denfeld, author of “The Child Finder,” on May 19; and Peter Rock, author of “Spells,” on Sept. 15.

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