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Published on July 2, 2018 1:26PM

South Beach author Sue Fagalde Lick will hold a release party for her new novel, “Up Beaver Creek,” this Sunday, July 8, at Newport Public Library.

Set in Newport, the book follows the adventures of P.D., a woman who moves to the Oregon Coast after the death of her husband to start a new life as a musician. P.D. has a rocky start at the coast, but things get far, far worse when the long-feared earthquake and tsunami hit.

The story involves a colorful cast of characters, including a mysterious artist who makes sculptures out of discarded junk; a jazz-loving taxi driver; a disturbingly friendly postmistress; old hippie musicians; and a ranger who promises to take P.D. kayaking up Beaver Creek.

“The characters are imaginary, but we on the coast have all met people like them,” said Lick, who lives a few miles north of Beaver Creek and hopes her house is high enough to be safe when the real tsunami comes.

A California native who has lived in Lincoln County for 22 years, Lick spent many years in the newspaper business before deciding to concentrate on books, essays and poetry. Her previously published books include three volumes about Portuguese Americans; two coastal memoirs;“Shoes Full of Sand” and “Unleashed in Oregon;” and a nonfiction book titled “Childless by Marriage,” about people who don’t have children because their partners are unable or unwilling to be parents. A former president of Writers on the Edge, Lick co-founded the coast branch of Willamette Writers.

Like P.D., Lick is a widow and a musician. She co-directs the choirs at Sacred Heart Church in Newport and performs locally on vocals, guitar and piano. But she is not P.D., she insists. “P.D. has a lot more courage than I’ll ever have.”

Sunday’s book launch will start at 2 pm at the library, featuring readings followed by a conversation about the book and the publishing process.

Newport Public Library is located at 35 NW Nye Street.

For more information, go to https://suelick.com.

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