Authors and Participants Read Their Work on Saturday, June 3rd

Jennie Shortridge

Jennie Shortridge will read from Love Water Memory, and Megan Kruse will read from Call Me Home at 7pm at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita on Saturday, June 3, 2017

As part of the first Manzanita Writers’ Retreat this weekend, the two author instructors will read from their latest books, and retreat participants will read at Open Mic. The event is open to the public at 7pm at the Hoffman Center for the Arts on Saturday June 3.

Jennie Shortridge is the author of five novels, including Love Water Memory and When She Flew, and numerous magazine articles and essays. Her novels have been translated into many languages, optioned for film and television, and selected as American Booksellers Association’s Indie Next picks, Target Bookmarked picks, and Library Journal’s Editors’ Picks.

Megan Kruse

Megan Kruse studied creative writing at Oberlin College and earned her MFA at the University of Montana. Her work has appeared widely in journals and anthologies, and her debut novel, Call Me Home was released from Hawthorne Books, with an introduction by Elizabeth Gilbert. She teaches fiction at Eastern Oregon University’s Low-Residency MFA program, Hugo House, and Gotham Writers Workshop. She was the recipient of a 2016 Pacific Northwest Book Award, and one of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 for 2015.

Following the author readings and Q&A in the evening, the Open Mic will feature participants from the weekend writers retreat and/or from a recent month-long HoffOnline Writing Course. 

Admission for the evening reading is $7.

The Manzanita Writers’ Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue.) For further information contact Kathie Hightower,

Lindsay Hill Reads from Sea of Hooks on Saturday, September 20

Lindsay HillLindsay 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.

All Student Open Mic on Saturday, May 21st

Kaeli Eudy, left, Open Mic organizer with Beth Noregaard, fellow writer.

Kaeli Eudy loves to write. A Junior at Neah-Kah-Nie High School, she’s a member of the Creative Writing Club, takes every writing class available, and writes articles for the school newspaper. Asked about her favorite genre, she replies, “Poetry. And stories. Stories with a bit of mystery or a twist.”

That interest spurred her to take on organizing an All-Student Open Mic for the Manzanita Writers’ Series for her Senior Project.

The All-Student Open Mic event will be held on Saturday, May 21st at 7 p.m. at the Hoffman Center. There is a $5 admission fee, and half the proceeds will go to the Creative Writing Club.

If you’re a student, show up a little early to sign up to read. First signed up, first to read and pieces are limited to five minutes. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. If you’re a member of community, come on out and listen to original work by local students, and help make Kaeli’s Senior Project a success.