Lindsay Hill will read from his book Sea of Hooks at the Pine Grove Community House at 7 pm on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Part of the Manzanita Writers’ Series, the event is being moved to the Pine Grove Community House in Manzanita because the Hoffman Center is being renovated.
In this riveting , darkly humorous, and sometimes harrowing novel, Christopher Westall, an alarmingly imaginative young man, experiences repeated trauma and transformation.
His childhood has shattered into a thousand glints, shards, and tangled threads that are gathered and rewoven by the reader while following Christopher’s pivotal journey from San Francisco to the mountains of Bhutan.
Sea of Hooks was named best book of 2013 by the Oregonian, and in the top ten books of 2013 by New York Magazine. Gabe Habash, for Publishers Weekly, declared it the most underrated book of 2013. “It’s one of the best books I’ve read in years,” he writes. “That’s it, I’m out of superlatives. Read Sea of Hooks.” The magazine named it one of the top five books of 2013.
“Sea of Hooks is brilliant. Mr. Hill, a sometime-banker and longtime poet, spent twenty years writing Sea of Hooks, a novel so audacious, so intricately constructed, that it was a reading experience unlike any I’ve ever had. And it completely reinvents the bildungsroman in the process. …It’s a novel that proves that the complexities of one young man’s daily life, his preoccupations and his nightmares, and above all, his compassion, can be extraordinarily fascinating, suspenseful, and revelatory.”–Carolyn Oliver, Rosemary and Reading Glasses
Lindsay Hill was born in San Francisco and graduated from Bard College. Since 1974, he has published six books of poetry and his work has appeared in a wide variety of literary journals. Sea of Hooks, his first novel, was published by McPherson & Company in November of 2013. Hill’s other writing and editorial projects include the production of a series of recordings of innovative writing under the Spoken Engine label, and the co-editing, with Paul Naylor, of the literary journal Facture. Since leaving a career in banking, he has worked in the nonprofit sector. Lindsay Hill lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, the painter Nita Hill.
Following Hill’s reading and Q&A, we’ll have our popular Open Mic where up to nine local writers will read 5 minutes of their original work.
Admission for the evening is $5.
The Writers’ Series Reading Group will meet the Thursday prior to Hill’s reading, September 18th, 6:30 pm at the Manzanita Library. Everyone is invited to bring a friend to both events.
The Pine Grove Community House is located at 225 Laneda Avenue.