Local playwright and novelist George Evans will make a pair of presentations this weekend as part of Chapter II Revisited, the author series presented by Pat Yoakum, who operated Chapter II book store in Forest Grove for many years.
Evans has loved and lived in Forest Grove for more than 46 years, spending 33 of those years at Pacific University as a professor of English literature until he retired in 1999.
During the '60s, at the beginning of the Civil Rights movement, he spent three of the most controversial years of his career in Beaumont, Texas. He describes the journey to Eugene, Oregon as a trip from 'Hell to Heaven.' After five years working towards and receiving his doctorate at the University of Oregon in 1966, he moved to Forest Grove to assume his position teaching literature and play writing at Pacific.
While there, he wrote around 20 plays and three novels. Three of his plays 'Orwell That Ends Well', 'With Trilliums Warm My Bed,' and 'Whose Woods Are These?' have been presented locally.
Evans' Chapter II Revisited presentations will be at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23-24 ,in the Rounder Room at McMenamins Grand Lodge.
The presentations will be followed by a time for questions and book signing. All three of his books will be available. He is donating all profits to the Community Housing Fund, which has been set up to help provide shelter to homeless families in Washington County.
Also available for purchase at this event will be books by other local authors: Bea Bliss, Nel Rand, Mary Jane Nordgren and David Asson, in addition to an assortment of used books and Dover books.