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Oregon author kicks off local lecture series

Free 'Evening with an Author' event comes to North Plains library Saturday


Photo Credit: COURTESY PHOTO - Robin Cody has won numerous awards, including an Oregon Book Award and a Western Writers of America Silver Spur Award. The Friends of the North Plains Public Library members are introducing their “An Evening with an Author” series with special guest Robin Cody at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at the North Plains Public Library.  

The Oregon author has published both fiction and non-fiction books. Cody grew up in Estacada, graduated from Yale University, taught in the American School of Paris, France, and was the Dean of Admissions for Reed College. In 1984, he became a writer with The Oregonian and later joined the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) as a freelance writer. It was during an assignment for BPA he was inspired to canoe the length of the Columbia River from its source to its mouth, which sparked the his 1995 Oregon Book Award winner.

“Ricochet River” was first published in 1992 and was one of 100 works chosen by the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission “as exemplifying Oregon’s rich literary heritage from the years 1800 to 2000.” The book was made into a 1998 film starring Kate Hudson. 

He’s won other awards as well, including the Western Writers of America Silver Spur Award for short non-fiction in 1986. 

Cody now conducts seminars and workshops in the Portland area, mostly about nature-writing. He will be speaking about his works, particularly “Voyage of a Summer Sun,” followed by a question-and-answer period and book signing. Books will be available for purchase. 

Refreshments will be served. The program is free but seating is limited to the first 50 people. Call 503-647-5051 to reserve a seat.   

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