Ariel Gore to read from The End of Eve: A Memoir Saturday, May 16

ariel_goreAriel Gore will read from her book The End of Eve: A Memoir at the Hoffman Center at 7pm on Saturday, May 16, 2015.

“By turns tender and heartbreaking, Gore’s book is a brave, thoroughly authentic journey to the center of the human heart. Wickedly sharp reading filled to bursting with compassion, rage, pain and wit.”—Kirkus Review

Ariel Gore is the founding editor/publisher of Hip Mama, an Alternative Press Award-winning publication covering the culture and politics of motherhood. Through her work on Hip Mama, Gore is widely credited with launching maternal feminism and the contemporary mothers’ movement. “It’s the quality of the writing that sets Hip Mama apart,” The New Yorker noted (May, 2000).

Cultural commentator Susie Bright has called her “One of the best feminist writers of our times— perhaps the most eloquent and sensitive.”

In 2000, Working Woman magazine named Gore one of “20 Under 30” influential women in America.

Her lyrical memoir, Atlas of the Human Heart, which recounts Gore’s teenage travels, was a 2004 finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her anthology Portland Queer: Tales of the Rose City won the LAMBDA Literary Award in 2010.

Gore’s other books include Bluebird: Women and the New Psychology of Happiness; How to Become a Famous Writer Before You’re Dead; The Traveling Death and Resurrection Show; and The Hip Mama’s Survival Guide. She lives in Oakland, CA.

She has taught at The Attic Institute in Portland, Oregon, at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and at the Institute for American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. She currently teaches online at Ariel Gore’s School for Wayward Writers.

Following Gore’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 (not required) theme for the evening’s Open Mic is “mother.”

Admission for the evening is $7.

Another Story Time for Grownups with Liz Cole on March 12

liz-cole-pic-crpd-261x300Liz Cole will again perform readings at the Hoffman Center on Thursday, March 12 at 7p.m.  This time Liz has chosen the theme of “Turning Points”.  She will share stories and poems about those surprising events that change our lives forever, whether or not we recognize it at the time.  As always, the material will be rich in both humor and poignancy.  Audience members can look forward to an evening of beautiful readings followed by thoughtful conversation.

The Hoffman Center has presented Liz Cole’s Story Time for Grown Ups twice before to enthusiastic audiences.

Liz Cole has had a long acting career on the professional stage, and has also made TV guest-star appearances on Seinfeld, ER, Star Trek, The Practice, Judging Amy, Las Vegas, and many others.

She originated the leading role in Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Wit in 1995, for which she received the L.A. Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Performance. She also tours with “The Wisdom of Wit,” her solo version of the play.

Liz has performed locally for various benefit events (Lower Nehalem Land Trust, Rinehart Clinic, Nehalem Valley Historical Society).  She appeared in the original solo play Lost Pioneer, which she developed with Mark Beach and Portland playwright Ellen West.  The play, presented seven times in this area, is based on the lives of three women who homesteaded in Tillamook County in the 1890s, and blends biographical data with historical imagination.

To find out more about Liz Cole’s career and watch a demo reel of selected TV appearances go to

There is a suggested donation of $10 and all proceeds will go to support the Hoffman Center’s programs. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Come early, seating is limited.  Refreshments will be served.

Staged Reading of ‘Riva Beside Me’ on July 19th

RivaCast-WithNames (2)The Hoffman Center is sponsoring a staged reading from the novel, “Riva Beside Me: New York City 1963-1966,” by Carla Perry. The performance takes place on Saturday, July 19th, at 7 pm. A suggested donation of $10 is gratefully appreciated.

The script for the staged readings is excerpted from the book, narrowed down to focus on just four of the characters. The cast includes SARAH GAYLE as “Riva,” HOVEY GROSVENOR as “Richard,” KE EDMISTEN as “The Mother,” and WAYNE PLOURDE  as “The Narrator.” Author CARLA PERRY will be on hand to introduce the show and answer questions afterward. The novel, “Riva Beside Me,” is based on real life, growing up in Manhattan in a dysfunctional family. But the story is one of transition and hope, where humor and love prevail. The story makes it obvious that angels walk among us. Staged readings have already been performed to SRO crowds in Toledo, Portland, and at Canyon Way Bookstore. It has also been performed at the Newport Visual Arts Center.

“After experiencing the staged reading at Canyon Way, I bought a copy of “Riva Beside Me,” and have just finished it. I was swept away by the subtle details and enormous visual context gained by reading the novel in its entirety. It was obviously an extraordinary experience for the audience, for the four actors, and indeed for my friends who came with me. I am thrilled to see that you have scheduled additional readings.”  Barbara Gast, Summit.

Paperback copies of “Riva Beside Me” will be available for sale and autographing at the Hoffman Center. The book is also available at Powell’s Books in Portland, and in Newport at Canyon Way, Nye Beach Bookhouse, Things Rich and Strange, and at the Toledo and Newport public libraries. E-Books are available through Amazon, KOBO, Barnes and Noble, and Apple iTunes.

For those interested in hosting a staged reading of “Riva Beside Me,” and for all other information, contact, or call 541-574-7708.

Churchill Readings at the Hoffman Center

Staged reading of Churchill speeches on November 14

The Hoffman Center in Manzanita will present an evening of readings from the speeches of Winston Churchill, Sunday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.

 Most of the addresses were made to the British and American people between 1938 and 1941, when the balance of power in the world was threatened by Nazi Germany. Churchill’s father was British, his mother American, and in his talks he called on both peoples to respond to the threat.

 Readers will be Dave Bell, Lynn Hadley, Stewart Martin, Peter Nunn, Ahna Ortiz, Margaret Page and Richard Speer.

 “Many feel these are the words that saved western civilization. They are surely among the most honored and respected in the history of the English language,” said director Richard Speer. “I hope that all will take from the readings an appreciation of the heroism and courage of the man who made them and the people who first heard and then responded to them.”

 Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, famed politician, statesman and orator, served as Prime Minister of Great Britain from 1940 to 1945, and from 1951 to 1955. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953. Ten years later, he became the first person named an Honorary Citizen of the United States.

Admission to the event will cost $10 and tickets will be sold at the door.

Local resident and national actor Liz Cole directs and acts in staged reading of Vesta

Local resident, Liz Cole, is directing and plays the title role in Vesta

Local resident, Liz Cole, is directing and plays the title role in Vesta

The Hoffman Center will present a staged reading of Bryan Harnetiaux’s play VESTA, with local resident and national actor Liz Cole directing and acting in the title role. The play will be held at 7:30pm on Friday, May 14 at the Hoffman Center in Manzanita. Admission is $10.  Listen to an interview with Liz Cole on KTIL about Vesta and Hoffman Center, on KTIL May 12.

VESTA is an intimate 90-minute drama that examines with humor and warmth an ordinary family’s struggle with end-of-life issues. The title character, Vesta Pierson, is a grandmother confronting her inexorable loss of independence as her health declines. Together, Vesta, her daughter, and granddaughter face a series of complex medical, economic, and personal issues associated with this challenging time of life.

VESTA received its first professional production in 2008 at the Capitol Hill Arts Center (CHAC) in Seattle, where it received wide critical acclaim. Currently Duke University’s Institute on Care at the End of Life licenses the play in the clinical world.

The Friday night reading will be directed by Manzanita resident Liz Cole, who will also read the title role. Liz Cole, whose professional name is Megan, has enjoyed a career that has taken her to repertory theaters across the United States. Perhaps most famously, she created the role of Vivian Bearing in the original stage productions of WIT for which she was awarded the L.A. Drama Critics’ Circle Award and the DramaLogue Award. Television credits include Seinfeld, The Practice, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek:Deep Space Nine, L.A.Law and ER, among others. For more information and a link to a demo video, go to

On Saturday, May 15, Bryan Harnetiaux, the playwright of Vesta, will present both a playwriting workshop and reading as part of the Manzanita Writers’ Series May Event.