Anna Keesey will read from her book Little Century at the Hoffman Center at 7pm on Saturday, March 21, 2015.
Written in the tradition of My Antonia and There Will Be Blood, Little Century follows eighteen-year-old orphan Esther Chambers homesteading in the lawless town of Century, Oregon, in 1900, a time of a battle for water and rangeland between sheep and cattle owners.
“Anna Keesey’s debut novel hums with raw energy: its youthful heroine’s, the small town around which the ranches lie, and the new century that’s just unfolding….Exhilarating.”— The Boston Globe
Little Century won the 2013 Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, awarded each year by the Susan B. Anthony Institute for the best work of fiction by an American woman published in the preceding year. The award calls attention to the work of a promising but less established woman writer. Previous winners include Anne Patchett, Toni Morrison and Ursula Le Guin before they achieved fame.
Anna Keesey is a graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Her work has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including Best American Short Stories. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship and has held residencies at MacDowell, Bread Loaf, Yaddo, and Provincetown. Keesey teaches English and creative writing at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon.
Following Keesey’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. The suggested theme for Open Mic is “Frontiers and Pioneers.”
Admission for the evening is $7.
During the day on Saturday, from 1 to 3pm, Keesey will teach a writing workshop on “Writing Before You Were Born: How to Create Lively Historical Fiction.” Keesey will talk about what historical fiction is, share strategies for research, and provide participants some on-the-spot practice in telling a historical story. Held at the Hoffman Center, the workshop is $30. Register and pay here.
Marcia Silver and Gail Young will lead a discussion of Keesey’s book at the Manzanita Library two weeks later on Saturday, April 4 from 2 to 3pm.