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Wordcrafters’ Reading Like a Writer Series with B.A.Brock
September 19 • 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm• Free – $5
Join B.A. Brock on September 19 as he discusses Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
When: Third Wednesday of the Month from 7:00-9:00 pm
> Free and open to the public (suggested donation $5)
> Bring your own beverage (attendees under 21 will not be permitted to drink alcohol)
Where: Shelton McMurphey Johnson House, 303 Willamette
*** Arrive early to take a self-tour around the house***
> To get to the house, drive up Pearl St. and turn onto Third following the signs.
> Limited parking is available on both sides of the house.
About Reading Like a Writer: Each month, a professional writer will discuss a book that’s meaningful to them both as a reader and a writer. They’ll share their favorite character moments and passages and all the things they love or find challenging. Then they’ll tease apart elements of craft that inspire them, whether it’s the witty dialogue, how place serves to push characters to the brink, or the masterful interweaving of plot and theme. They’ll open up the discussion for everyone to share at the end. Read ahead so you can share what you love, or just come to enjoy the talk and discover great new books and writers!
About Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller: The legend begins…Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. “The best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.
When word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, the men of Greece, bound by blood and oath, must lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause, and torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows. Little do they know that the Fates will test them both as never before and demand a terrible sacrifice.
Built on the groundwork of the Iliad, Madeline Miller’s page-turning, profoundly moving, and blisteringly paced retelling of the epic Trojan War marks the launch of a dazzling career.
About the speaker: B. A. Brock has lived most of his life in the Pacific Northwest, with a couple years in Oklahoma. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in 2007 at Portland State University–which he mostly uses to contemplate how we can achieve a civilization more closely aligned with Star Trek.
During a round of Dungeons and Dragons, he discovered a desire to write out some scenes from his character’s story. Those scenes became an obsession, that obsession led to writing classes, and an author was born.
When not writing, Brock spends his time reading/reviewing novels, training for marathons, hanging out with his dog, and bemoaning the fact that the world has yet to make a decent gluten free doughnut.