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Author Timothy Egan will speak at Lake Oswego Reads

Tenth-annual community reading program will feature his award-winning book, 'Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher'

SUBMITTED PHOTO: LISA HOWE VERHOVEK - Seattle author Timothy Egan will visit Lake Oswego in February to read from his award-winning book, 'Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher.'Seattle author Timothy Egan, whose book “Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher” has been selected for the 2016 Lake Oswego Reads program, will visit the city in February to talk about his award-winning work.

Egan’s presentation is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Feb. 10 in the Lake Oswego High School auditorium. Admission is free, but seating is limited and tickets are required.

“It's an honor to be picked by Lake Oswego, and I'm really looking forward to it,” Egan says. “Edward Curtis always said his main goal was to ensure that the people he tried to capture with his camera lens would live forever. With this selection, you've helped his subjects along to immortality."

“Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher” is the product of Egan’s extensive archival research as well as arduous travel to many of the locations and tribes studied by Curtis. The book has won praise for its compelling narrative, graceful prose and originality, as well as for humanizing Curtis and the Native people he photographed and admired over the course of three decades.

Among other awards, the bestselling biography won the Carnegie Medal for the Best Nonfiction Book of 2012, and also was recognized with starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly. It is the first nonfiction book ever chosen for the annual citywide reading program.

“We are thrilled with this year’s Lake Oswego Reads selection and with it, the promise of an engaging and interesting community conversation,” says Nancy Niland, president of the Friends of the Lake Oswego Public Library, which is sponsoring Egan’s visit. “Timothy Egan is sure to be a wonderful speaker. Tickets for his presentation will be highly prized.”

Members of the Friends of the Library will have the first opportunity to pick up those tickets on Saturday, Jan. 9, at the Lake Oswego Library. Remaining tickets will be available to nonmembers at 10 a.m. on Jan. 23 at the library.

The official kickoff of 10th-annual Lake Oswego Reads will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 11, at the library, with complimentary copies of Egan’s books distributed to library cardholders. A variety of related programs are planned throughout the month of February, featuring speakers, music, art and other exhibits.

All of the events are free, thanks to the financial support of the Friends of the Library, the Lake Oswego Rotary Club, the Lake Oswego Women's Club and The Lake Oswego Review.

For program updates, go to www.lakeoswegoreads.org.