The Coos History Museum will host a free Oregon Writers’ Day event on Saturday, October 12, from 1 to 4 pm. The event will feature presentations from three guest authors – Jason Brown, Alison Clement, and Steve Durham. All three authors will share a presentation, public reading, and answer questions from the audience.
Jason Brown was a Stegner Fellow and Truman Capote Fellow at Stanford University. He now teaches in the MFA program at the University of Oregon. His stories have won several awards and appeared in Best American Short Stories, The Atlantic, Harper’s, and other magazines and anthologies. His collection Why The Devil Chose New England For His Work was chosen as a summer reading pick by National Public Radio. Jason’s third book of stories, called A Faithful But Melancholy Account of Several Barbarities Lately Committed, is due out in the fall of 2019.
Alison Clement has published two novels, Twenty Questions (Atria, 2006), and Pretty is As Pretty Does (MacAdam/Cage, 2001). Twenty Questions won the Oregon Book Award. Pretty was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers. Her short stories and essays have appeared in The Sun, The Alaska Quarterly Review, Salon, Calyx and High Country News.
Steve Durham has worked as a newspaper reporter, electrician, and fly-fishing guide. His fiction and essays have appeared in Bridge Magazine, Front Porch Journal and Opossum Magazine. His essay Human Out of Me was named a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2017. He has just completed a memoir about marriage and mental illness.
In addition to the author presentations, there will be an awards ceremony for creative writing submissions for youth and adults. Light refreshments will be served. www.cooshistory.org