The Fab Four are coming to take you away this coming Sunday. Am I referring to the Magical Mystery Tour? No, it's the Oregon Book Awards Author Tour, arriving at the Newport Library on Sunday, March 17, at 3:00 p.m. Oregon Book Award finalists Kerry Cohen, Aria Minu-Sepehr, Jean Esteve, and Carrie Seitzinger will give readings from their nominated works.
Kerry Cohen has written six books, including three young adult novels. Two of her books are 2013 Oregon Book Awards nominees. Seeing Ezra: A Mother's Story of Autism, Unconditional Love, and the Meaning of Normal is the memoir of the author’s struggle to protect her son from a system that seeks to compartmentalize and “fix” him. It is a finalist for the Sarah Winnemucca Award for Creative Nonfiction. Dirty Little Secrets: Breaking the Silence on Teenage Girls and Promiscuity features stories from self-admitted loose girls across the country, adolescent girls who use sex as a means to prove their worth. It is a finalist for the Frances Fuller Victor Award for General Nonfiction.
Jean Esteve grew up on Long Island, studied art at Cornell University's School of Architecture, and now writes and paints in Waldport, Oregon. Her collection of poetry, Off-Key, is “tender and cutting, and absolutely brilliant,” said Leah Maines, author of Beyond the River. Off-Key is a finalist for the Stafford/Hall Award for Poetry.
Aria Minu-Sepehr lived in Iran during the overthrow of the Shah, and his family sought refuge in America. Professionally, he has strived to bring a greater understanding of Iran and the Middle East to his new home and to highlight the respect that exists between East and West outside of politics. His book, We Heard the Heavens Then, is a memoir of a boy in revolutionary Iran. Seen through the eyes of a ten year old with unusual access to the two poles of his society – modern and traditional – the tale recounts the rising tension, collision, and eventual fallout of the split. It is a finalist for the Sarah Winnemucca Award for Creative Nonfiction..
Carrie Seitzinger is a finalist for the Stafford/Hall Award for Poetry for her book Fall Ill Medicine. She is also the author of the poetry chapbook The Dots Don't Connect. Seitzinger has been writing, publishing and performing poetry since 2004. A graduate of U.C. Irvine's program in English, she currently lives and works in Portland. She is the Poetry Editor for Smalldoggies Magazine, and co-hosts the magazine's reading series.
Winners of the Oregon Books Awards will be announced on April 8, 2013 at the 26th Annual Oregon Book Awards Ceremony in Portland.
Sponsored by Literary Arts, this program is free and open to the public. It is made possible in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities (OH), a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds OH's grant program.