Book Release Event on May 12: May the Forest Be With You

Save the date of May 12 for the book release celebration of May the Forest Be With You a project of Rockaway Beach Citizens for Watershed Protection. The Hoffman Center for the Arts will be the setting as the creation of 24 different local artists, writers, scientists and musicians will be released for sale for the very first time from 7:00-9:00 PM on Friday May 12, 2017.

May the Forest Be With You celebrates forests and trees, and shines light on the consequences of logging as it is currently practiced on habitat for fish, birds, animals and humans. The enormity of the devastation to local forests through clear cutting and spraying has been the focus of RBCWP for five years.
The book was created when local writers were invited to write about trees and forests.

The writings were shared with local artists to be illustrated. Submissions include works by Robert Adams, Lloyd Lindley, Nancy Webster, Joan Cutuly, Roger Dorband, and many others. The result is a beautiful tribute to our forests.

The event will include book sales, display of the artist’s originals, readings by the writers, and music by Sonya and Fred, as well as the Rhythm Method, a local improve band. Join us for an inspirational evening.

Jonathan White Shares His Book Tides

Jonathan White will read from his book Tides:
The Science and Spirit of the Ocean 

Hoffman Center for the Arts
Saturday, May 20, 2017 | 7pm

After nearly losing his 65’ wooden schooner in a large Alaskan tide, writer, sailor, surfer and marine conservationist Jonathan White vowed to understand the tide.  He knew the moon had something to do with it, but what exactly?  He thought he’d learn enough from a book or two, but the subject turned out to be far more complex, fascinating and poetic than he imagined.  Two books turned into three hundred — and ten years of research criss-crossing the seven seas to view the largest, fastest, scariest, and most amazing tides in the world.

His book mixes science, history, ocean lore and literary travel writing. He fills you in on various cultures’ ancient myths about the tides and scientists’ gradual discovery of what triggers tides’ rise and fall. He touches on rising sea levels triggered by climate change, the latest efforts to tap tidal energy for our electrical power needs, and more.

White has written for the Christian Science MonitorSierraThe SunSurfer’s JournalOrion, and other publications.  He holds an MFA in creative nonfiction, and lives with his wife and son on a small island in Washington State. He has served on numerous conservation boards  and committees, including the San Juan Preservation Trust, the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee, and the Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Initiative.

As founder and former director of the Resource Institute, a nonprofit educational organization based in Seattle, Washington, he spent eleven years building a seminar program aboard the schooner Crusader in the Pacific Northwest. Resource Institute sponsored weeklong seminars aboard the sixty-five-foot schooner, with subjects ranging from navigation, anthropology, and whale research to poetry, writing, music, and photography. James Hillman, Lynn Margulis, Gary Snyder, Robert Bly, Art Wolfe, and William Stafford were among the many who taught aboard Crusader.  Jonathan’s first book, Talking on the Water, grew out of these experiences.

                        “When I first received this book for a review I thought I would learn some neat facts for impressing people on trivia night. I was ready to learn, but I wasn’t ready to feel. Tides is poetry, prose, and practical science intertwined with incredible skill.” – BlogCritic

“White makes gnarly subtleties lucid, and has a sense of humor when confronted
with the technicalities of his subject.” – Michael Upchurch,the Oregonian

During the day Saturday, from 1-3, White will teach a workshop on Research and Writing: A Balance. How much research is too much?  Too little?   Discussion topics include how to conduct interviews, travel, note-taking, recordings, the role of patience and luck, and how to organize and manage research materials while writing. This will be useful whether you write fiction, nonfiction, memoir.

The workshop will be held at the Hoffman Center for the Arts and tuition is $40. Register using the Add to Cart button below.

Following White’s reading and Q&A in the evening, we’ll have our popular Open Mic where up to nine local or visiting writers will read 5 minutes of their original work. The suggested (not required) theme for the evening’s Open Mic is “Not Your Usual Ocean Story.“

NOTE: Admission for the evening reading is $7. This event may well sell out, so come early. Doors open at 6:30.

The Manzanita Writers’ Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts. For more information contact Kathie Hightower ~

Former Oregon Coast Reporter Presents First Novel

wander_imgThe Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host a book reading by Lori Tobias, author of “Wander” Friday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. Tobias is the former coastal reporter for The Oregonian. “Wander” is her first novel.

Set in the 1980s in the rural community of Bidarkee Bay, Alaska (a fictional area the size of a small state with a population of barely 20,000), “Wander” is the story of Patrice “Pete” Nash, a young broadcast reporter who finds herself facing the winter alone after her husband, Nate, accepts a job on “the slope.”

As Pete pursues the next big breaking news story, she strikes up a friendship with the new guy in town, the Ivy League-educated Ren, who recites poetry and lives in the family-owned, vacant inn. Their friendship offers a glimpse of a different kind of life — one that seems to Pete to offer everything marriage to the country-raised Nate does not.

But unbeknown to Pete, Ren has come to Alaska for his own dark reason—to end his life. By the time, Nate returns home, their lives have been irrevocably changed. One man is dead, two others missing and a third forever lost to them.

Lori Tobias is journalist and writer of more than 25 years, including time at the Rocky Mountain News as a columnist and features writer, and most recently as a staff writer for The Oregonian, for which she covered the Oregon Coast for more than a decade. She lives on the Oregon Coast with her husband Chan and rescue pup Mugsy.

Copies of “Wander” will be available for sale and autographing at the reading.


Cascadia Book Event on September 10th

Cascadia Cover 6072The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host a book reading by H. W. “Buzz” Bernard, author of “Cascadia” Saturday, Sep. 10 at 7 p.m.

“Cascadia,” Bernard’s fifth novel, tells the story of a major earthquake and tsunami striking Manzanita on a busy summer day. It intermixes the lives of a famed geologist who foresees the disaster and tries to get the public to pay attention, with his retired clergyman/counselor friend, who supports him despite widespread skepticism.

Other characters include a former fighter pilot trying to make amends with a local woman he jilted years before, and an eccentric retiree who searches the area for legendary buried treasure.

“Cascadia” has been cited for its graphic depiction of the devastation that could occur when “The Big One” – the dreaded Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake – occurs just off the Oregon coast.

Jerry Thompson, author of the non-fiction work “Cascadia’s Fault: The Coming Earthquake and Tsunami that Could Devastate North America,” said Bernard’s book is “riveting, scary, and entirely believable . . . a compelling, page-turning thriller with the ring of truth.”

Bernard is a native Oregonian. Before becoming a novelist, he worked at The Weather Channel, as a senior meteorologist for 13 years. Prior to that, he was a weather officer in the U.S. Air Force for over three decades. His airborne experiences included a mission with Air Force Hurricane Hunters, airdrops over the Arctic Ocean and Turkey, and a stint as a weather officer aboard a Tactical Air Command airborne command post.

Copies of “Cascadia” will be available for sale and autographing at the reading.

Representatives of the Emergency Volunteer Corps of Nehalem Bay will also be on hand to demonstrate and sell disaster supplies.

Book Launch Set at Hoffman Center

Kessler Book Cover 4072Lauren Kessler will launch her latest book “Raising the Barre: Big Dreams, False Starts, and My Midlife Quest to Dance the Nutcracker” Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.s

Kessler is an American author, and immersion journalist who specializes in narrative nonfiction. She is also a professor at the University of Oregon where she directs the Writing Initiative in the School of Journalism and Communication

When she was 12, Kessler’s instructor crushed not just her dreams of being a ballerina but also her youthful self-assurance. Many decades and three children later, Kessler embarked on a journey to join a professional company and perform in Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” ballet.

“My book is a story about shaking things up, taking risks and ignoring good sense, and forgetting how old you are and how you’re ‘supposed’ to act,” said Kessler. “It’s about testing limits and raising the bar(re) on your own life.”

Cloud and Leaf Bookstore in Manzanita is sponsoring the book launch.

Floyd Skloot to read at Cloud & Leaf

winterJoin Cloud & Leaf in welcoming prizewinning author, Floyd Skloot, who will be reading from his latest book of poetry, Approaching Winter.  The event will be held on Friday, November 20th at 7:00 pm.

Skloot’s eight poetry collection evokes the fluid and dynamic nature of memory as it ebbs and floods through our daily lives.  Here the real and the imagined intermingle freely.

Floyd and his wife Beverly have recently moved to Manzanita part-time.  Please help us welcome them to our community.  Cloud & Leaf Bookstore is located at 148 Laneda Avenue.

Hiking Book Gets Manzanita Launch

unnamedAuthor Connie Soper will launch her new book “Oregon Coast Trail: 40 Consecutive Day Hikes from the Columbia River to the California Border” Thursday, Aug. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.

The event is free and open to the public.

“I don’t consider my book a traditional trail guide,” said Soper, a part-time Manzanita resident. “I think it’s important for hikers to be aware they are walking through history, along same paths and trails first established by Native Americans and later by settlers.”

Most of the hikes listed include mile-by-mile maps, and provide tips such as which hikes are tide dependent, and how to arrange for boat rides. The book also includes historic and present day photographs, as well as stories about places passed along the way.

Cloud and Leaf Bookstore in Manzanita will provide book sales at the launch event.

Book Launch Celebration on Thursday, March 26

torn fish book coverLocal author Phyllis Mannan will introduce her recently published memoir, Torn Fish: A Mother, Her Autistic Son, and Their Shared Humanity, at a book launch party at the Hoffman Center, , at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 26. Please join her for music and refreshments, followed by a short reading. This event is free to the public.

Dr. Jean Edwards, Edwards Center founder, says, “While I know a great deal about the education and training of those with autism, Phyllis opened my eyes to a family’s journey. Her insights deeply moved me. We often hear inspirational stories about children with autism making remarkable gains, but seldom hear the story of their transition from school to adult life . . . This compelling story of David’s life with autism helps you understand the loneliness and isolation that come when communication is impaired.”

Based on the author’s experiences with her 43-year-old son, Torn Fish invites you to see how David’s mind works and how his limited ability to communicate and understand feelings impacts his daily life and that of his family. The author also offers insight from her years of struggling to make good decisions for her son, all the while trying to make, and keep, a connection with him.
Phyllis Mannan has advocated for her son and others with developmental disabilities on the board of directors of The Arc-Washington County and Edwards Center. She served as president of two family associations, one of which she helped found. Her poems have appeared in The Oregonian and northwest literary magazines. Her nonfiction has appeared in the North Coast Squid, RAIN Magazine and the Cup of Comfort series. She lives in Manzanita with her husband, Phil.

Torn Fish: A Mother, Her Autistic Son, and Their Shared Humanity is available at Cloud & Leaf Bookstore and Manzanita News & Espresso, and as a print book and an e-book on Amazon.