Ales and Ideas Hosts Oregon Book Award Nominees Nick Jaina & Martha Grover

Clatsop Community College and the Fort George Brewery are pleased to announce the May Ales & Ideas community lecture.  On Thursday, May 4th, CCC joins forces with Oregon’s nonprofit Literary Arts to presenters Martha Grover and Nick Jaina, two Oregon Book Award nominees renowned for their honest, insightful, and frequently funny creative nonfiction memoirs.

The presentations start a t 7 p.m. at Fort George Lovell Showroom. Doors open with food and beverage service at 6pm. Seasonal beers on tap, food and other beverages are available for purchase, but no purchase is required. Minors are welcome. The Fort George Lovell Showroom is located at 14th and Duane St. in Astoria. 

Martha Grover is the author of The End of My Career, a 2017 Oregon Book Award finalist in creative nonfiction. She is also the author of One More for the People (Perfect Day Publishing).  Her poetry, illustrations, and essays have been published in various journals and magazines. ElevenPDX writes, “With a sharp wit and keen sense of local history, Martha Grover’s writing has scope and clarity that seem to have gone missing in the last few years.” She’s been publishing her zine, Somnambulist, since 2003.  

Nick Jaina is a musician and writer living in Portland. He tours the world performing music and reading from his works, in addition to composing film soundtracks and writing for contemporary dance.  He is the author of Get It While You Can, a 2016 Oregon Book Award finalist in creative nonfiction. Willamette Weekly’s Michael Mannheimer describes the effort from “Portland’s most literate songwriter, as “Part memoir, part music criticism, part cathartic exorcism, it's a meditation on suffering and the things we put ourselves through in the name of discovering the best version of ourselves.”  Jaina’s writing has appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Oregon Humanities, fields, and Under The Gum Tree, amongst other publications.  Locals may recognize Jaina from his recent workshops at the Sou’wester Lodge in Seaview, WA. 

Both authors are published by Perfect Day Publishing. Martha Grover is also teaching free writing workshops on Friday, May 5th in the afternoon at the Seaside Library and Saturday morning at Manzanita library. Contact Susan Moore for more details at


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Accommodations: Persons having questions about or a request for special needs and accommodation should contact JoAnn Zahn, Vice President of Finance and Operations, at Clatsop Community College, 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, Oregon 97103, Phone 503-338-2421 or TDD 503-338-2468. Email special needs and accommodation request to Contact should be made at least two business days in advance of the event.


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