John R. Bruning will be the leadoff speaker for the 2015-16 season of the Cannon Beach Library’s Northwest Author series. A prolific military and aviation historian, Mr. Bruning will discuss his upcoming book, “Indestructible,” scheduled to be released in 2016. The event takes place Saturday, Sept. 12, 2-3 p.m. at the Cannon Beach Library.
The book is the biography of Paul “Pappy” Gunn, one of the great figures of the Pacific War. In 1941, when the war in the Pacific broke out, Gunn was pulled into the Army Air Corps. While on a secret mission, his wife and four children were captured in Manila by the Japanese Army. Over the course of the next three years, Gunn did everything he could to rescue them from Santo Tomas internment camp. In the process, his actions changed the course of the Pacific War.
Bruning consults for museums in the U.S. and Europe, and helped produce more than a dozen historical documentaries. The Department of Defense presented him with a prestigious 2010 Thomas Jefferson Award for his reporting in Afghanistan. For his work with the Oregon National Guard, he was inducted into the 162nd infantry regiment in September 2011 as an honorary member.
The Cannon Beach Library’s Northwest Author series will include Valerie Geary author of “Crooked River,” Oct. 10; Urban Waite, author of “Sometimes the Wolf,” Nov. 14; Matt Love, “The Great Birthright: An Oregon Novel, Jan. 9; Bill Hall, author of “McCallandia,” Feb. 13; Rebecca Harrison, author of “Deep, Dark and Dangerous: On the Bottom with the Northwest Salvage Divers” and a new book on northwest steamships, March 12; Stephanie Kallos, presenting her third novel, “Language Arts,” April 9; and Lois Leveen speaking on her latest book, “Juliet’s Nurse,” May 14.
The Northwest Author series is held at the Cannon Beach Library at 2 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month, September to May, and is free to the public. The library is located at 131 N. Hemlock St.; 503-436-1391.