The Oregon Legacy Literary Series will return to Lincoln City this Sunday, Feb. 4, with an appearance by Portland author Tracy Manaster at Driftwood Public Library.
The month-long series of talks aims to celebrate writing by Oregon authors as well as books that reflect the heritage of the state.
Manaster is the author of the novels “You Could Be Home By Now” and “The Done Thing.” A graduate of Wesleyan University and The Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she lives in Portland with her husband and twin daughters.
On Sunday, Feb. 11, the library will welcome Susan DeFreitas, author of the novel “Hot Season,” which won a Gold IPPY Award in 2017. Born and raised in rural west Michigan, DeFreitas spent 14 years in the high country of Arizona before moving to Portland, where she serves as an independent editor with Indigo Editing & Publications and a contributor at Litreactor.com. She has been publishing fiction, nonfiction and poetry since 2006.
On Sunday, Feb. 18, the series will feature Gina Ochsner, whose latest novel, “The Hidden Letters of Velta B.,” was released in 2016. Based in Salem, Ochsner teaches at Corban University where she also directs the Between 2 Worlds Young Adult Creative Writing Conference. She also teaches with the Seattle Pacific Low-Residency MFA program. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Glimmertrain and the Kenyon Review. She is the author of the short story collections “People I Wanted to Be” and “The Necessary Grace to Fall,” which received the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. Her novel “The Russian Dreambook of Colour and Flight” received the Grub Street Book Prize in 2011 and was long listed for the Orange Prize in 2010.
The series will conclude on Sunday, Feb. 25, with a visit from Amy Stewart, co-founder of the horticultural blog “Garden Rant” and author of several non-fiction books on gardening, including “Flower Confidential,” “Wicked Plants” and “The Drunken Botanist,” as well as the mystery series “The Kopp Sisters.”
Stewart, who grew up in Arlington, Texas, received a B.A. degree in anthropology and a master’s in community and regional planning from the University of Texas at Austin. She currently lives in Portland, but co-owns an antiquarian bookstore in Eureka, California.
Now in its 24th year, the Oregon Legacy Literary Series, began as a gift from the Friends of the Driftwood Public Library to recognize the community for all of its support during the library’s move to its current premises.
Each presentation begins at 3 pm at the library, located on the second floor of the Lincoln Square Civic Complex at 801 SW Hwy. 101.