Back by popular demand: Oregon City resident Hannah Gildea is reprising her free talk, titled "The Goulash Diaries: A Writer's Adventures in Eastern Europe."
Gildea is scheduled to present her "Goulash Diaries" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at the Oregon City Public Library, 606 John Adams St.
Gildea packed the room as the grand finale of the Milwaukie Ledding Cultural Forum series this year, Nov. 3 at the Ledding Library Pond House in downtown Milwaukie.
Oregon City Adult Services Librarian Gina Bacon explained why the Oregon City's Carnegie Library is so excited to host a "Goulash Diaries" reprise.
"Travel helps us understand other cultures as well as our own," Bacon said. "We hope patrons will enjoy hearing stories of her misadventures and perhaps gain a heightened awareness of their own cultural values, beliefs and perceptions."
Last year Gildea received a Vaclav Havel scholarship from the Prague Summer Program for Writers, and in 2014 she was awarded a Summer Literary Seminars fellowship to study fiction in Vilnius, Lithuania. Then Milwaukie reference librarian Robert Lanxon invited Gildea to close last year's Ledding Cultural Forum series, which has a mission of "celebrating culture" at the library. In an effort to write a piece worthy of a Cultural Forum grand finale, Gildea wrote "The Goulash Diaries," drawn largely from passages of her own diaries in Eastern Europe.
Gildea has read in her hometown's historic Carnegie Library before. In 2015, Oregon City Library Director Maureen Cole asked Gildea to read her fiction as part of a groundbreaking-themed author's night, to celebrate the beginning of construction on the library with cutting-edge authors. Gildea again volunteered her time later in 2015 to raise money for the library at the Friends of the Oregon City Public Library Bookstore.
"The Goulash Diaries" includes a short excerpt of Gildea's award-winning short story "Cottonmouth," which won the Mighty River Short Story Contest as her first publication. It was recently published in "Big Muddy: The Journal of the Mississippi River Valley."
Gildea has received national and international honors from Arts & Letters, Bare Fiction, and New Millennium Writings. "Cottonmouth" also was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Gildea is looking forward to offering the public another chance to hear her "Goulash Diaries." She encourages everyone to attend the free event on Jan. 12.
This conversation at the Willamette Falls Media Center was to promote the original talk in November:
Hungry for more … goulash?
What: Hannah Gildea presents a talk titled "The Goulash Diaries: A Writer's Adventures in Eastern Europe"
When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12
Where: Oregon City Public Library, 606 John Adams St.
More: Gildea's award-winning first publication, "Cottonmouth," published in "Big Muddy: The Journal of the Mississippi River Valley," is available for free checkout with a Clackamas County library card. It also is available for purchase at the Friends of the Oregon City Library Bookstore, 502 Seventh St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.