West Linn Reads launches month filled with activities

by: VERN UYETAKE - Carlee Kelly with her daughters, Elin and Madelin, picks up her copy of 'Sometimes a Great Notion' Friday at the West Linn Library.The city launched its annual West Linn Reads library program last week.

This year’s selection is Ken Kesey’s classic, “Sometimes a Great Notion.” The story centers around a bitter strike that rages through a small riverside logging town along the Oregon coast. Bucking that strike out of sheer cussedness are the hardheaded Stampers, who run a union-free logging company and doggedly follow the family motto: “Never give a inch.” As the strike continues, the Stampers face betrayals, brutal rivalries and the unraveling of their family core.

The library’s selection committee chose Kesey’s 1964 novel because it celebrates the hardworking spirit of the Northwest. A book that takes place in Oregon and was written by one of the state’s greatest authors felt like an apt choice as West Linn celebrates its 100th birthday.

The library will feature events throughout February as part of West Linn Reads. Free copies of the book were given away at the library on Feb. 1.

Friday at 6:30 p.m. there will be a question-and-answer session with author Matt Love, who wrote “Sometimes a Great Movie.” The film version of “Sometimes a Great Notion” was filmed on the Oregon coast during the summer of 1970. Love interviewed the locals who participated in the production and had interactions with cast and crew. His book was published last year.

On Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m. there will be a film screening of “Sometimes a Great Notion.” The 1970 film stars Paul Newman, Henry Fonda and Lee Remick.

On Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. Ben Rice will play originals and cover songs that are a mix of country, blues and bluegrass played with a mix of guitars from a Dobro to a cigar box guitar.

Through Feb. 27, an exhibit of historic West Linn photos from John Klatt called “West Bank Images, Views of Early West Linn” will be shown. Klatt works with private collectors and institutions to reproduce classic views that combine historic interest and artistic merit.

On March 11 at 6:45 p.m. the library book club will discuss “Sometimes a Great Notion.”

For more information about West Linn Reads, visit

by: VERN UYETAKE - Librarian Rebecca Mayer puts out some more books for West Linn Reads.

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