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Author Craig Lesley will discuss his four novels and a memoir during a Northwest Authors presentation at 2 p.m. Nov. 9 in the Cannon Beach Library.

Lesley, nominated twice for a Pulitzer Prize, wrote the novels “Winterkill,” “River Song,” “Sky Fisherman” and “Storm Riders,” as well as a memoir, “Burning Fence.”

Lesley was born in The Dalles and raised by a working single mother in small towns throughout Oregon, including Madras, Pendleton and Baker City.

Before beginning his writing career, he was a river guide, longshoreman and farm worker. His writing reflects his working-class background.

Lesley was educated at Whitman College, the University of Kansas and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He taught English and creative writing for more than 50 years, including workshops at PSU’s Haystack Summer Arts Program in Cannon Beach.

Through its Northwest Authors program, the Cannon Beach Library hosts authors and events throughout the year.


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