Joseph Bernt

Joseph Bernt

On Wednesday, December 15, members of Cannon Beach Reads, the reading group the Cannon Beach Library sponsors, met to discuss “Honey in the Horn” by H. L. Davis, who received the Pulitzer Prize in 1936 for his novel about homesteading life in Oregon at the beginning of the twentieth century.

In addition to a lively discussion of “Honey in the Horn,” members of CB Reads decided on the books the group will read and discuss via online Zoom meetings every third Wednesday until the library can again safely accommodate large groups.

Cannon Beach Reads encourages anyone interested in discussing classic fiction and nonfiction and current bestsellers to consider joining the group’s conversations. To join Cannon Beach Reads, email Joe Bernt,, to be placed on our email list so you can receive invitations to join the Zoom meetings.

During the first Zoom meeting of the new year, Bob Lundy will lead a discussion of “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! Adventures of a Curious Character” by Richard P. Feynman, January 19, at 7 p.m.

Feynman, a theoretical physicist, after completing his Ph.D. at Princeton University, worked on the Manhattan Project that developed the nuclear weapons detonated over Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the final days of World War II. He was Professor of Theoretical Physics at Cornell University and then at the California Institute of Technology, where he became the Richard Chase Tolman Professor of Theoretical Physics.

Feynman received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965, was a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was elected in 1965 as a foreign member of the Royal Society.

As members of Cannon Beach Reads will learn from his memoir, Feynman, who died in 1988, had a sense of humor.

Cannon Beach Reads will discuss five other nonfiction books in 2022, including “Notes from a Small Island” by Bill Bryson, “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States” by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, “The Swerve: How the World Became Modern” by Stephen Greenblatt, “Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World” by Tim Marshall and “Polio: An American Story” by David M. Ochinsky.

Members of the reading group also plan to read and discuss six novels. These, include “A Death in the Family” by James Agee, “Ricochet River” by Robin Cody, “Chicago: A Novel” by Brian Doyle, “So Big” by Edna Ferber, “Animal Farm” by George Orwell and “The Lincoln Highway” by Amor Towles.

A reminder: Marc Ward, co-founder and executive director of Sea Turtles Forever, an environmental non-profit organization, will present a World of Haystack Rock Library Lecture on “Microplastic Recovery on the North Oregon Coast,” Wednesday, January 12, at 7 p.m.

Ward has spent 20 years managing STF in Costa Rica and Oregon. STF uses a patented beach filtration system to remove micro plastic efficiently from beach environments. His research has involved extensive work on marine turtle habitat and the effects of marine plastic on the sustainability of turtle populations.

Ward’s lecture will be presented via Facebook Live @Friends of Haystack. For additional information, contact Tiffany Boothe, FOHR board member.

Another reminder: The Northwest Authors Series at the Cannon Beach Library will host Oregon author Tina Ontiveros on Saturday, January15, at 2 p.m.

Ontiveros will discuss “Rough House,” her award-winning memoir that tells a story of love, family, addiction and a childhood spent below the official federal poverty line while shuffling between her single mother in the Oregon desert and her logger father migrating through rural, forested spaces of the Pacific Northwest.

In her writings, Ontiveros explores class, generational hardship and marginalization of the poor. “Rough House” was a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Bestseller, an Indie Next Pick and a 2021 Pacific Northwest Book Award recipient.

A writer and teacher, Ontiveros lives in Oregon. She is the first person in her family to have gone to college, and she did so while raising her children. After community college, she earned a bachelor of arts in literature from Marylhurst University and a master of fine arts in nonfiction writing from Goddard College. Ontiveros now teaches at Columbia Gorge Community College in The Dalles.

A final reminder: The Northwest Authors Series is sponsoring the 4th Annual Writers Read Celebration! The series committee encourages writers to submit their original literary works. All writers of any and all ages can participate.

This year’s theme is “Recovery?” Writers are encouraged to use this theme however they wish to interpret it.

A panel of volunteer judges will select 10-to-12 works to be read by their authors during the celebration. The Celebration will be held via Zoom on March 5, 2022, so selected writers also will need access to Zoom.

All written formats are eligible for inclusion (essay, story, poetry, prose and so forth). Entries are limited to three per author with a maximum word length of 600 words per entry. Submissions will be accepted by email ( or by mail (P.O. Box 486, Cannon Beach, OR 97110), though email is preferred.

Submissions should be formatted in Word or PDF and include a cover letter with the writer’s name, email and telephone number. Please do not include the writer’s name or contact information on the entry document—authors are anonymous during the judging process.

Deadline for submission of entries is January 24, 2022.

The Cannon Beach Library will be closed January 1.


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