Monday, April 6, 2015
April 9th is Newport Reads!
What do you know about the way black people were treated in Oregon during the early settling, say the hundred years from 1830 to 1930? Jane Kirkpatrick, Phillip Margolin and Gregory Nokes probably know more. They are popular Oregon authors who have researched the subject and written books about it. Kirkpatrick and Margolin will be at the Newport Performing Arts Center to discuss their findings and their books. Nokes will not be able to attend, but his book will be discussed. Because it’s sponsored by the Newport Public Library Foundation, there is no charge for the program. The date is April 9; doors open at 6:30; program begins at 7:00.
Margolin and Nokes wrote books relating to the ground-breaking court case, Holmes versus Ford. Margolin gave us Worthy Brown’s Daughter, a work of fiction inspired by Holmes versus Ford; Nokes wrote Breaking Chains, a nonfiction account. Kirkpatrick’s latest book, A Light in the Wilderness, is the story of a woman of color also featuring a significant court case. “I’ve read all three books,” said Wyma Rogers a member of Newport Reads, “they’re good reading. I learned how Oregon law excluded black people from coming into the state. I hope we have come a long way from those times – I’m looking forward to learning more from the authors.”
Get your books on loan from the Newport Public Library or buy them from local book stores. You can also buy copies at the program and get them signed by authors. Mark your calendars now for April 9, 7:00 at the PAC.
-Wyma Rogers, Newport Reads! Committee Member