Author Apricot Irving will read from her memoir, “The Gospel of Trees”, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, for the Cannon Beach Library’s NW Authors Series. The presentation will be via Zoom.

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The Zoom meeting ID is: 839 3778 0980

Irving grew up as a missionary’s daughter in Haiti during a time of upheaval. Drawing from her parents’ journals, as well as her own, she retraces the story of her family, the missionaries in the north of Haiti, and the shattered history of colonization.

Irving’s memoir has been described as a “lyrical meditation on ecology, loss, and the tangled history of missions in Haiti.”

Irving has taught literature and writing to students worldwide. She reported on post-earthquake recovery efforts in the north of Haiti for the radio program This American Life. Her reporting on the Eagle Creek fire in 2017 was selected for the 2019 anthology Best American Science & Nature Writing. She is also an award-winning nature reporter and director of an oral history project focused on the changing landscape of Northeast Portland.

“The Gospel of Trees” won a 2019 Oregon Book Award for creative nonfiction. Irving received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and Literary Arts Creative Nonfiction Fellowship. Her writing has appeared in Granta, On Being, Tin House, Oregon Humanities, Portland Monthly and Topic Magazine.

The Cannon Beach Library’s NW Authors Series presents authors and other events nearly every month. Upcoming authors include Karl Marlantes on Nov. 28, and Jennifer Greer, Greg Nokes and J.A. Jance in 2021. The NW Authors Series also will conduct the Writers Read Celebration of local writers on Feb. 20; this year’s theme is “Pandemic.”


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