Members of Cannon Beach Reads at their December meeting selected seven nonfiction books and five works of fiction to read during 2019 and scheduled discussion dates for these titles.
Cannon Beach Reads begins the new year on Wednesday, Jan.16, with a discussion of “The Good Rain: Across Time and Terrain in the Pacific Northwest.” Timothy Egan — a New York Times columnist and author of eight award-winning books with links to the West — was born in Seattle, where he lives. Raised in Spokane and educated at the University of Washington. Pacific Northwest ties ooze from his beautifully crafted and carefully researched guide to our region.
Egan highlights the geology, botany, history, economics and culture of this far corner of North America and shows what has been lost and what remains intact since Europeans and East Coast Americans arrived in the 1840s.“The Good Rain” struck this reader as a superior commentary on Pacific Northwest development in the twenty-first century.
Cannon Book Reads has set the following meeting schedule for the remaining 2019 readings: Kenneth Graham’s “The Wind and the Willows,” Feb. 20; J.D. Vance’s “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis,” March 20; John Steinbeck’s “Cannery Row,” April 17; Jeff Goodell’s “The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World,” May 15; Betty Smith’s “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” June 19; Madeleine Albright’s “Fascism: A Warning,” July 17; James Joyce’s “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man,” Aug. 21; Stephen Greenblatt’s “Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics,” Sept. 18; Jahren Hope’s “Lab Girl,” Oct. 16; Douglas Adams’ “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” Nov. 20, and Zora Neale Hurston’s “Barracoon: The Story of the Last ‘Black Cargo,’” Dec. 18.
The Cannon Beach Book Company stocks copies of these books, and the library collection holds a copy of each. Cannon Beach Reads meets at the library, 131 N. Hemlock St., 7-8:30 p.m., every third Wednesday of the month. All interested in these discussions are welcome, and coffee or tea and cookies provide an additional incentive.
The Northwest Author Series offers another literary experience during the third week of January when the Cannon Beach Library hosts “An Evening with Fisherpoets in Cannon Beach,” 7-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17.
Fisherpoets Jon Broderick of Cannon Beach, Dave Densmore and Rob Seitz of Astoria, Gene Leech of Chinook, Wash., and Jay Speakman from Gearhart will present their work.
Fisherpoet presentations have a reputation for warming audiences, but a winter evening in Cannon Beach may be exceedingly damp and cold so the library fireplace will be on. Arrive early for a spot near the hearth at this free event.
Friday, Jan. 18, marks the deadline for submissions to Writers Read, a library project to encourage writers to share writings—personal essays, poems or stories—on the theme of “Life on the North Coast” with an interested audience, including other writers.
Submissions, no longer than 600 words, might address the writer’s connections to the North Coast, what draws the writer to stay here, or any place or experience that illustrates the writer’s feelings about the North Coast.
Submissions may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to the Cannon Beach Library, P.O. Box 486, Cannon Beach, OR 97110. They must be accompanied by a cover letter containing the author’s name, email address and telephone number. The submitted writing itself must not identify the author.
Anyone may participate in the Writers Read project. A committee consisting of library volunteers, a bookstore employee and a local writer will read all submissions and select six to 10 to be read by their authors at a gathering in the library, 7 p.m., Friday, March 1.
Writers whose works are selected for reading will be notified after the committee considers submissions. Writers should be available for the March 1 Writers Read gathering. Erick Bengel, editor of Coast Weekend, has said he will publish excerpts from some selected Writers Read submissions on the Daily Astorian’s Weekend Break feature page on March 8. For more information, contact the Cannon Beach Library, (503) 436-1391.
Sponsored by the Friends of Haystack Rock lecture series, Matt Hunter will discuss “Oregon’s Razor Clam Resource: Past, Current and Future” at the library, 7-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 9.
Hunter, a shellfish biologist at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Marine Resources Program in Astoria, brings 26 years of experience with ODFW and valuable insight and appreciation for the natural cycle of marine fisheries to this lecture.