Wordcrafters’ Reading Like a Writer Series with John Reed
July 18 • 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm• $5
John Reed discusses The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
When: July 18 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 The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald:
The exemplary novel of the Jazz Age, F. Scott Fitzgeralds’ third book, The Great Gatsby (1925), stands as the supreme achievement of his career. T. S. Eliot read it three times and saw it as the “first step” American fiction had taken since Henry James; H. L. Mencken praised “the charm and beauty of the writing,” as well as Fitzgerald’s sharp social sense; and Thomas Wolfe hailed it as Fitzgerald’s “best work” thus far. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when, The New York Times remarked, “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s that resonates with the power of myth. A novel of lyrical beauty yet brutal realism, of magic, romance, and mysticism, The Great Gatsby is one of the great classics of twentieth-century literature.
About the speaker: John Reed’s years as an Army Intelligence officer have given him more than enough background for his four espionage novels: Thirteen Mountain, Dark Forest, Shadow White as Stone and The Kingfisher’s Call. His unforgettable characters and tension-filled plots are testament to his skill as a master storyteller.
John is a sought-after presenter at writers conferences on the west coast and Mexico. He also conducts the legendary Pirate Workshop at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference. His poetry has appeared in more than 50 literary magazines and journals. He has a master’s degree in Communications and is a member of the International Thriller Writers. John lives and writes in Eugene Oregon. Follow him online at www.johnreedbooks.com.