In the hold that date department:
Writers Talking: Leslie What and Craig Lesley
Tuesday, May 4, 2010, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Central Library, 801 S.W. 10th Ave. Portland, OR 97205
503.988.5123, US Bank Room
How often to you see a Leslie with an "i" together with a Lesley with a "y"?
Leslie What is a Nebula-Award winning writer and graduate of Pacific University's MFA in Writing. Rick Kleffel says about her story collection Crazy Love, a finalist for the Oregon Book Award, "She can hook you with just a few words and after that, you're on your own in the emotionally vivid worlds she creates. And for all the pain she wrests from her characters and thrusts in your face, for all the vivid anger and wrenching anguish she puts the reader through, there's a sort of clarity here that's positively cathartic." Recent work appears in Utne Reader and Serving House.
Craig Lesley is the author of four novels, numerous short stories, and, most recently, a memoir. His work has received The Western Writers of America Best Novel of the Year, three Pacific Northwest Booksellers' Association Awards, an Oregon Book Award, and the Medicine Pipe Bearer's Award. Both Storm Riders and The Sky Fisherman were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Craig’s memoir Burning Fence is receiving outstanding praise, including these words from Kent Haruf, author of Plainsong: "Craig Lesley has been justly celebrated for his novels. Now this vivid, unflinching story of his own life, as a son and as a father, can only serve to increase his already considerable stature as a writer and, not incidentally, as a human being."
Presented in partnership with Pacific University's Master of Fine Arts in Writing program.