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OC Library hosts award-winning authors' reading

Virginia Euwer Wolff, an Oregon City literary and musical luminary, is participating in a couple of free events in the coming month.

Wolff is the author of six published novels, including “True Believer,” winner of the 2001 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Her “Bat 6” historical novel about two girls who meet on a softball field and begin to make sense of World War II received the Jane Addams Peace Award in 1999. Her newest novel for young adults, “This Full House” (2009), is on the American Library Association’s Amelia Bloomer List.

On Thursday, Oct. 17, Wolff and Brian Doyle, editor of Portland magazine and author of “Mink River,” will read from their work and engage in conversation at 7 p.m. at the Oregon City Public Library, 606 John Adams St. Doyle, a finalist for the Oregon Book Award, updated readers about a “Mink River” character by publishing “The Plover” this year.

“You can’t have a conversation with Brian and not learn stuff,” Wolff said. “I’m looking forward to spending this literary time with Brian because his heart and brain work quirkily in concert to produce small eruptions of perception, some deeply poignant, some hilarious, all of them appreciative of the human condition, all of them suggestive of new questions whose answers are likely to surprise.”

At 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, Wolff will play violin in an Oregon Sinfonietta concert, with music by Sibelius and Charles Villiers Stanford at the Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church, 10501 S.E. Market St., Portland. Since her retirement from teaching high school English in 1998, Wolff usually plays about 10 concerts a year with orchestras and small chamber ensembles.




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