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Published on October 23, 2018 11:08AM

Not Bob Welch

Not Bob Welch

Bob Welch

Bob Welch

Acclaimed Oregon author Bob Welch will be the guest speaker at the Friends of the Waldport Library’s annual membership meeting on Sunday, Nov. 4, sharing “Life Lessons from a Complete Flop.”

Welch will read from his new book “The Wizard of Foz: Dick Fosbury’s One-Man High-Jump Revolution,” which tells the story of a failed prep high jumper whose offbeat style ultimately won him gold.

Welch is a speaker, author, award-winning columnist and writing teacher who has served as an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Oregon in Eugene.

As a columnist for The Register-Guard, Oregon’s second-largest newspaper, he has twice won the National Society of Newspaper Columnists’ highest award for writing.

San Diego author Mike Yorkey calls Welch “the most eclectic writer in America” because he has written about everything from hiking to World War II to the relationship between fathers and sons.

In 2005, Welch founded the Beachside Writers Workshop in Yachats. Since then, more than a thousand students have attended the more than 30 workshops, which are now held mainly in Eugene.

Welch’s talk will begin at 3 pm at the Waldport Community Center, 265 NW Hemlock Street, and will be followed by a discussion and book signing. Light refreshments will be served.

The Nov. 4 talk will be preceded by brief Friends of the Waldport Library meeting at 2:30 pm, which will include election of officers for 2019.

For more information, call the library at 541-563-5880.

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