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Clatsop County Cultural Coalition Grants Funding To Oregon Reads 2009 Book Discussion and Speaker

From: Caitlin Wright
To: Media
Date: 01/08/09
Subject: Oregon Reads 2009 Book Discussion and Speaker PR

Clatsop Community College
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 01/08/09
Contact: Candice Watkins 503-338-2460

Oregon Reads 2009 Brings Stubborn Twig Discussion And Speaker To CCC

Clatsop Community College (CCC), along with nearly every public Oregon library and county, has been reading Stubborn Twig as part of the Oregon Reads 2009 community reads program sponsored by The Oregon Library Association. Stubborn Twig was chosen as the book for the entire state to read in honor of Oregon’s 2009 sesquicentennial.

The author of Stubborn Twig is Oregon resident Lauren Kessler. She is the author of various bestseller and award winning narrative nonfiction works, founder and editor of Etude, an online narrative nonfiction magazine, and directs the University of Oregon’s graduate program in literary nonfiction.

“Stubborn Twig is the true story of three generations of a Japanese American family in Hood River and the family’s successes, challenges, internment in WWII, and lives afterward,” says Candice Watkins, CCC’s Reference and Instruction Librarian. “It is an eye-opening read that enriches your understanding of Oregon, its history, and the diverse people who have made and continue to make Oregon such a wonderful and interesting place to live.”

To help CCC celebrate the Oregon Reads 2009 community reads program, a presenter from the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center will speak in the CCC Art Center Gallery at 11:00 a.m. on February 4th, 2009. The speaker will share the Japanese American experience in Oregon, including the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.

In preparation for the speaker event on Feb. 4th, the faculty and staff are going to participate in a book discussion on January 23rd and 30th from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. in the Library Conference Room. They would like to extend their welcome to the public to join them in this book forum.

In addition to the participants’ thoughts and ideas about the book, possible discussion topics for Stubborn Twig can be found at: www.oregonreads2009.org/stubborn_twig_discussion.html

The Art Center Gallery and Library are located at CCC’s main campus in Astoria, OR. The Art Center Gallery and Library are ADA Accessible. These events are free and open to the entire public. Please keep in mind that due to the Jerome Campus Redevelopment Project, parking at the campus is limited so please allow sufficient time to locate a parking place on or near the campus.

For more information about the CCC Stubborn Twig speaker event, contact Candice Watkins at 503-338-2460.

For more information about the Oregon Reads 2009 program, visit www.oregonreads2009.org/index.html

Clatsop Community College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.



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