Saturday, March 1, 2014

Family Storytelling Class

Author Rosanne Parry will teach Writing Family Stories in Newport Public Library’s McEntee Room on Wednesday, March 5th at 7 p.m. The class focuses on families and writers talking and sharing the stories that shaped their own family history.  All ages are welcome to attend.

Parry will be touring Lincoln County schools March 5 & 6, to talk about her book, Second Fiddle. Chosen as a title for the 2014 Oregon Battle of the Books, Second Fiddle has been read by sixth graders throughout the county. Set in Berlin and Paris at the end of the Cold War, Second Fiddle explores the changes wrought by the fall of the Berlin Wall, as three friends face danger when they rescue a Russian soldier left for dead by his superiors. Parry lived close to Berlin during that historic period and her experiences bring the story to life.

 Rosanne Parry spent her first years as a teacher in Taholah, Washington, on the Quinault Indian reservation. While living there, she found herself hearing stories told every day and it is that experience she credits for making her a writer for young people. Her first book, Heart of a Shepherd, tells about a family dealing with military deployments and what it’s like to be left home to take care of a ranch in a father’s absence. Her newest book, Written in Stone, is set on the Quinault reservation in the 1920’s during what was to be the last Makah whaling voyage until 1999.

Parry’s visit to Lincoln County is supported in part by a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust, investing in Oregon’s arts, humanities and heritage, and the Lincoln County Cultural Coalition. The grant was used to buy 150 copies of the book so that teachers would have classroom sets to prepare their students for Parry’s visit. Additional partners in this community literacy project are the Optimist Club of Yaquina Bay, Newport Public Library Foundation and the Lincoln County School District. For more information about this and other Newport Public Library events and classes, check online at or call (541) 265-2153.

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