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Wordcrafters’ Reading Like a Writer Series with Gina Oschner
October 17 • 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm• Free – $5
Join Gina Oschner as she discusses Tinkers by Paul Harding!
When: October 17 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 Tinkers by Paul Harding:
Tinkers by Paul HardingAn old man lies dying. Propped up in his living room and surrounded by his children and grandchildren, George WashingtonCrosby drifts in and out of consciousness, back to the wonder and pain of his impoverished childhood in Maine. As the clock repairer’s time winds down, his memories intertwine with those of his father, an epileptic, itinerant peddler and his grandfather, a Methodist preacher beset by madness. At once heartbreaking and life affirming, Tinkers is an elegiac meditation on love, loss, illness, faith, and the fierce beauty of nature.
About the speaker:
Gina Ochsner lives in Keizer, Oregon and divides her time between writing Gina Oschnerand teaching with the Seattle Pacific Low-Residency MFA program. Ochsner has been awarded a John L. Simon Guggenheim grant and a grant from the National Endowment of Arts. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Glimmertrain and the Kenyon Review.
She is the author of the short story collection The Necessary Grace to Fall, which received the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and the story collection People I Wanted to Be. Both books received the Oregon Book Award. Her novel entitled The Russian Dreambook of Colour and Flight was published in 2009.