Kesey's 'Sometimes a Great Notion' is this year's selection

It’s that time of year again —West Linn Reads! Each February, West Linn residents get together and read the same book to promote literacy and celebrate the written word. Think of it as a citywide book club! by: SUBMITTED - The 2013 selection for West Linn Reads celebrates the hardworking spirit of the Northwest.

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 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 our state’s greatest authors felt like a perfect choice as West Linn celebrates its 100th birthday this year.

Join us throughout February for some of the great programs we have planned.

Feb. 1 — Book giveaway

Starting at 10 a.m., the library will give away free copies of “Sometimes a Great Notion,” while supplies last Get here early; they go fast!

Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m. — Author Q&A with Matt Loveby: SUBMITTED - Author Matt Love will speak at the library Feb. 8.

The film version of “Sometimes a Great Notion” was filmed on the Oregon coast during the summer of 1970. Author Matt Love interviewed the locals who participated in the production and had interactions with cast and crew. His book, “Sometimes a Great Movie,” was published last year. Come hear his stories!

Feb. 15, 6:30 p.m. — Film Screening: “Sometimes a Great Notion”

Join us for a screening of the 1970 classic starring Paul Newman, Henry Fonda and Lee Remick. See how many Oregon landmarks you can spot! Fun fact: This was the first movie aired on HBO when it launched in 1972.

Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m. — Music in the Stacks: Ben Rice

Ben Rice plays 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. His latest album, “Pour Me Some Whiskey,” launched to great reviews and is played on Kink 101.9 and several other Northwest radio stations.

Feb. 2-27 — Exhibit of historic West Linn photos

The library will host an exhibit of historic photos from John Klatt called “West Bank Images, Views of Early West Linn,” part of the yearlong celebration of West Linn’s centennial. Klatt works with private collectors and institutions to reproduce classic views that combine historic interest and artistic merit. Each photo has been carefully restored to convey the intention of the original photographer.

March 11, 6:45 p.m. — Book club discussion

Once you’ve had a chance to read the book in February, come discuss this Kesey classic at the March book club meeting!

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