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Counting Coup author to speak

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Local Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Larry Colton, author of 'Counting Coup,' the non-fiction story of a girls high-school basketball team near The Little Big Horn Indian reservation in Montana, will be the featured speaker at the American Association of University Women's branch meeting Saturday.

A continental breakfast will be served at the 9:30 a.m. meeting at Oswego Heritage House, on the corner of 10th and A streets. Visitors are welcome.

'Counting Coup' was published in 2000 and became the International eBook Foundation non-fiction book of the year. In Native American parlance, a warrior gained honor and glory by 'counting coup' - touching his enemy in battle and living to tell the tale. Colton spent 15 months living among Montana's Crow Indians to follow the struggles of a young woman named Sharon LaForge, a gifted basketball player and a descendant of one of George Custer's Indian scouts.

Colton is the only professional baseball player ever nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. His life journey has taken him from graduating from the University of California at Berkeley to playing baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies. After suffering an injury, he served as an English and journalism teacher for the Portland School District and wrote three successful non-fiction books. Most recently he founded Wordstock, an event which brought 250 authors and hundreds of enthusiastic readers to the Convention Center last spring.

He also served as a corporate writer for Nike and became a fulltime freelance writer, selling more than 250 feature stories to magazines such as Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Boston Globe, Ladies Home Journal and the New York Times Magazine. Today Colton lives in Portland and is project director for the Community of Writers, a non-profit organization in Portland dedicated to improving the quality of writing instruction in Oregon's public schools.

COW supports teachers by improving their own writing skills to pass on to their students. The organization helps students share their writing online and offers writing tips on preparing stellar homework, plus it helps writers banish writer's block, find a publisher and meet other writers.

A national organization, AAUW promotes equity, education, self-development and positive societal change for women. For information, visit www.loaauw.org or contact Ricky Appleman at 503- 636-5976.