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Reading takes center stage

To satisfy many interests, three local authors will read from their recent works in the Sandy Public Library's First Friday Coffee Café.

The event is part of the city's monthly First Friday activity this week, sponsored and organized by Sandy Main Street.

The three authors include Kathryn Hurd (local historical non-fiction), Scott Lazenby (adult fiction) and Nancy Osa (young adult fiction).

Hurd moved to Estacada 15 years ago, and became a storyteller at the Estacada Public Library. While there, she wrote a story about the town's past for the local children. But there was little recorded information, and the research and interviews she did for that story sparked her love of history.

Her creations range from folktales to essays and biographies, and she thrives on research, interviews and the challenge of telling a story in a dramatic way.

She currently has three books to her credit: "The Dwyers: Pioneers in the Timber Industry," "Bruno Paul John: an Oregon Legacy," and "Estacada."

Also on the docket for reading published works is Scott Lazenby, Sandy city manager (his day job), who also has three books to his credit. 

Occasionally, when he isn't on the job at City Hall, he teaches public administration (his night job) as an adjunct professor for Portland State University.

In his free time, Lazenby explores his reading interests from thrillers and mysteries to sci-fi. He also finds time to write his own creative fiction. His books to date are "Playing with Fire," "Prayer Chain" and the recently published "The Hunter."

Reading from her works also will be Nancy Osa, who (among many awards) won the Delacorte Press Prize for a First Young Adult Novel for "CUBA 15."

Osa is a native of Chicago, which provided the setting for her book. Like the main character in her novel, Osa has a Cuban father and American mother.  "CUBA 15" tells the story of a Cuban-American girl discovering her Cuban roots while preparing for her quinceañera, a 15th birthday celebration for girls.

Osa says she learned to write novels, break rules, and appreciate the absurd while at Reed College in Portland, Oregon.

The library's Friday Coffee Café includes free refreshments, a children's activity from 6-7 p.m. and a book sale from the Friends of the Library: from noon to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 

The event is free. For more information, call the library at 503-668-5537.