Matt Love Reads from his Latest: The Great Birthright, on March 5th

matt love on the beachMatt Love will read from his latest book, The Great Birthright: An Oregon Novel, at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 7 pm, with a writing workshop during the day. The reading is a special event of the Manzanita Writers’ Series.

In his fiction debut, Love bends and twists the detective novel genre with hilarious, unexpected and political results. The premise: a Los Angeles developer is trying to privatize Oregon’s publicly-owned beaches, its vaunted “great birthright,” and only one washed-up detective and self published writer can stop him.

“When readers finish this novel,” said Love, “I hope they are ready to go to war to protect our beaches.” Especially to protect them from what Love calls “the New Jersey and Malibufication of Oregon’s beaches: boardwalks, espresso stands, security guards, fences, no dogs, no bonfires, no fort building, NO TRESPASSING signs.”

The Great Birthright includes Love’s call to action for Oregonians to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beach Bill on July 7, 2017.

Love grew up in Oregon City and is a lifelong educator and publisher of Nestucca Spit Press. He’s the author/editor of 14 books about Oregon, including the Beaver State and Newport Trilogies. In 2009, Love won the Oregon Literary Arts’ Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award for his contributions to Oregon history and literature. He lives in Astoria with his husky, Sonny. He’s currently working on a book about teaching.

During the day on Saturday, Love will teach a writing workshop on Getting the Writing Going, from 10 am to 3:30 pm. Tuition is $50.

Join Love to experiment with innovative techniques to define an editorial voice for fiction or nonfiction writing and address the barriers that prevent the aspiring writer from getting started. Click here to register.

Following Love’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 “on the beach.” Admission for the evening reading is $7.

 

Matt Love to Lead Writing Workshop March 5th

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The workshop runs 10 am to 3:30 pm on Saturday, March 5, 2016. Tuition is $50.  Click here to register.

Matt Love grew up in Oregon City and is a lifelong educator and publisher of Nestucca Spit Press. He’s the author/editor of 14 books about Oregon, including the Beaver State and Newport Trilogies. His latest book, The Great Birthright: An Oregon Novel, is his first fiction novel. In 2009, Love won the Oregon Literary Arts’ Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award for his contributions to Oregon history and literature. He lives in Astoria with his husky, Sonny. He’s currently working on a book about teaching.

Matt Love will read from his fiction debut The Great Birthright: An Oregon Novel at 7 pm that evening as a special presentation of the Manzanita Writers’ Series.

Hoffman Center Presents “Politics of Sand”

sandThe Hoffman Center’s Manzanita Film Series will screen the 2008 feature-length documentary “Politics of Sand” Friday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

The in-depth history of Oregon’s beaches focuses on the political ebb and flow of efforts to keep the coast accessible to the public. The fight, which began with Governor Oswald West’s 1913 landmark legislation succeeded, but not without substantial effort.

The film features interviews with many of the living key players as well as voices from the past. It was made by Portland-based Anchor Pictures, directed by Tom Olsen, and produced by the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum.

The documentary covers nearly 150 years of history through archival footage, photographs, and interviews, and details the legislative actions taken by Governors Oswald West and Tom McCall. It was written and edited by Matt Love.

The film lasts two hours, and refreshments will be available.

Mark your calendars for The Rain Event

rain flyer3 copyLove it or hate it, rain is coming our way.  Mark your calendars — join us as we celebrate winter precipitation at The Rain Event, January 17th, 2015.

Look at what we have lined up: Matt Love will be here to read from his book, Of Walking in Rain.”  Sedona Fire Band, Fineline,  and Cliff & the Lemmings will perform rain music, including: Have You Ever Seen the Rain?, Shelter from the Storm, Early Morning Rain, Crying in the Rain, Rhythm of the Falling Rain and Let it Rain. There’s a deluge of rain songs to choose from!

We’ll have other Rainy Day humorous acts for the audience to participate in and enjoy.  The Clay Studio artists will present a 3-D  Rain Art Show.

Between now and Jan. 17th, consider all the ways you describe rain.  If you bring a word (or words) that describes a quality of rain you’ll get $5 off the entry price for the Rain Event.  The Inuit have a long list of ways to describe snow. At The Rain Event we will be collecting words for rain. We all have heard “sideways rain.” What are some other descriptions of the kinds of rain we experience? Put your creative minds to work and bring us your contribution! After the Event, rain words will be posted on the BBQ list and Hoffman Center blog, —a piece to be read at one the Writer’s Series open mics?  Creativity abounds here. Bring it on!