Popular novelist Deborah Reed finds that the lush environment of the North Oregon Coast heals and informs people here as it does her, now a resident of Manzanita, and her two troubled characters in “The Days When Birds Come Back,” who together struggle to overcome their past lives while restoring themselves and a craftsman bungalow in her latest novel.
Reed, who has published four literary novels and two thrillers in the past seven years, will read from and discuss “The Days When Birds Come Back,” at the Northwest Authors Series, sponsored by the Cannon Beach Library, 2 p.m., Saturday, May 12.
Reviewers for national publications have praised “The Days When Birds Come Back,” especially for its descriptions and powerful language that maintain readers’ attention and drive Reed’s narrative forward.
In addition to “The Days When Birds Come Back,” Reed has published three other literary novels: “Carry Yourself Back to Me,” “Things We Set on Fire” and “Olivay.” Her two thrillers, “A Small Fortune” and “Fortune’s Deadly Descent,” were published under the pen name, Audrey Braun.
Reed has lived and presented writing workshops throughout the U.S. and Europe. Her family has ties to the South, but she grew up in Michigan and Florida, attended 11 elementary schools and lived as an adult in Germany, Los Angeles and several places in Oregon, including Portland. Since 2015, Reed has called Manzanita home.
Reed, who graduated from Oregon State University and completed her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Pacific University, is co-director of Black Forest Writing Seminars at the University of Freiberg in Germany.
Bob Tarr will introduce Reed and her latest novel, and Cannon Beach Book Company will offer copies for purchase at this book reading and signing at the Cannon Beach Library, 131 N. Hemlock.