Date(s) - November 9, 2019
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cannon Beach Library
Author Craig Lesley to discuss his novels at Cannon Beach Library
Author Craig Lesley will discuss his four novels and memoir during a NW Authors presentation at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 in the Cannon Beach Library.
Lesley, nominated twice for a Pulitzer Prize, wrote the novels Winterkill, River Song, Sky
Fisherman and Storm Riders, as well as a memoir, Burning Fence. His works, including the memoir, explore the father-son relationship, the native American struggle and the myth of the American West.
The late Oregon author Ursula K. LeGuin said of his writing, “Without sensationalism or self-pity, unsparingly compassionate, Craig Lesley writes of the marginal, the dispossessed, the hardscrabble people of America. He writes with grace and gravity and the driest humor, the quietest passion, the rarest, unjudging justice.”
A native Oregonian, Lesley was born in The Dalles and raised by a working single mother in small towns throughout the state, including Madras, Pendleton and Baker City. Before beginning his writing career, he was a river guide, longshoreman and farm worker. His writing reflects his working class background.
Twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, he won three Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Awards, the Western Writers of America Golden Spur Award for Best Novel and an Oregon Book Award. He received several national fellowships and holds a doctorate of humane letters from Whitman College.
Lesley was educated at Whitman College, the University of Kansas, and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and he taught English and creative writing for over 50 years, including workshops at PSU’s Haystack Summer Arts Program in Cannon Beach.
Through its NW Authors program, the Cannon Beach Library hosts authors and other events throughout the year. Upcoming events include:
• Fisherpoets Geno Leech, Dave Densmore, Rob Seitz and Jay Speakman: 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19
• Writers Read Celebration, featuring local writers reading original essays, stories and poems: 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28
• Author Maryanne Monson, celebrating 100 years of Women’s Suffrage: 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14
• Author Apricot Irving: 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26
• Author Karl Marlantis: 2 p.m. Sunday, May 10
• Fisherpoets Clem Starck and Charles Goodrich: 2 p.m. Sunday, May 31