Matt Love will be the speaker at the Cannon Beach Library’s Northwest Author series Saturday, Jan. 9, at 2 p.m. This event will focus on his newly completed “A Nice Piece of Astoria: A Narrative Guide” and also on his latest book, a parody of a detective novel, “The Great Birthright.”
Love moved to Astoria in 2013 and his book about the city is a work of creative non-fiction that examines and updates the new and classic stories about America’s oldest city west of the Rockies. The book blends an eclectic variety of literary genres, including memoir,history, essay, vignette, guide, criticism, satire, stream of consciousness, meditation, review, commentary and polemic. In the book, Love tours ;you through Astoria’s bars and taverns, “The Goonies,” Lewis and Clark, sea lions, rain, salmon, coffee, Vikings, the Column, the Clatsop County Fair, the Columbia river, the ship report, his first year in town, and much more. The book includes a preface by Meriwether Lewis. This narrative guide has all the wit, humor, insight, rain worship, beach adoration that one expects from this writer.
In his newest book, “The Great Birthright,” Love parodies the detective novel, working the premise that a slick and tanned L.A. developer colludes with U.S. Supreme Court justice Scalia to have Oregon’s famous 1967 Beach Bill declared unconstitutional. The book has been described as “one man’s vision, indeed a manifesto about how, when and why Love plans to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beach Bill come July 7, 2017.”
Love grew up in Oregon City, attended Portland State and then took his masters in teaching at Lewis and Clark College. He has taught in six Oregon schools, at a high school in Istanbul, Turkey, at Portland State, has coordinated the Lincoln County District Ocean Education Initiateive, and has served 10 years as caretaker of the Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge. After l8 years of living on the Coast, he moved to Astoria, where in addition to writing, running the Nestucca Spit Press, he teaches locally and freelances for various public media.
The author/editor of 14 books about Oregon, Love received the prestigious Oregon Literary Arts’ Stewart H. Holbrook L egacy Award for his contribution to Oregon history and literature.
The January talk at the Cannon Beach Library is free and the public is welcomed.