Nye Beach Writers' Series presents Jim Lynch & Michele Longo Eder 3/21 7 PM NEWPORT

Saturday: March 21, 2009 - 7 p.m.
Nye Beach Writers' Series presents
Jim Lynch & Michele Longo Eder

Jim Lynch
The first time Jim Lynch was a featured author of the Nye Beach Writers' Series was in May 2006 when his novel, The Highest Tide, had just been released. Since then, the book has achieved outstanding success. Lynch won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Book Award, and the book has been published in more than 20 countries and translated into five languages. Library Journal chose The Highest Tide as one of its best first novelists' books of the year. It was a Border's Original Voices choice, and a Book Sense pick for fiction as well.

The Highest Tide
As a precocious, undersized 13-year-old living on the shore of Puget Sound, in Washington state, Miles O'Malley has developed a consuming passion for the abundant life of the tidal flats. His simple pleasure in observing is tested and complicated over the course of a remarkable summer, when he finds a giant squid, a discovery that brings him the unwelcome attention of scientists, TV reporters and a local cult. Meanwhile, Miles' remote parents are considering a divorce; his best friend, Florence, an elderly retired psychic, is dying of a degenerative disease; his obsessive buddy, Phelps, mocks his science-geek knowledge; and his desperate crush on Angie Stegner, the troubled girl next door, both inspires and humiliates him. Events build toward the date of a record high tide, and Miles slowly sorts out his place in the adult world.

...This moving, unusual take on the summers of childhood conveys a contagious sense of wonder at the variety and mystery of the natural world.
-- Publishers Weekly

Michele Longo Eder

Born in upstate New York, Michele Longo Edergraduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1976, moved to Portland, Oregon, andgraduated from the Lewis & Clark law school before moving to Newport. Shecurrently serves on the board of directors of the North Pacific Research Board,and, as a two-term Presidential appointee, is a Commissioner with the U.S.Arctic Research Commission.

Michele Longo Eder's book, Salt In Our Blood: The memoir of a fisherman's wife, recounts her life as the spouse of a commercial fisherman while balancing responsibilities as mother of two boys and maintaining a career as an attorney. Set against the sudden loss at sea of Eder's oldest son, Ben, the book is a tale of indescribable sadness but also one of resilience and courage...

Salt In Our Blood: The Memoir of a Fisherman's Wife

In 2000, Michele Longo Eder began a journal to record what daily life was like for her while her husband and sons were out commercial fishing off the coasts of Oregon, Washington, and northern California. But personal tragedy struck just before Christmas 2001. She continued recording entries in her journal until one more year had passed and another crabbing season began. Her book is an offer of healing to her family, her community, and to fishing families everywhere.

The life of a fisherman can be a treacherous one filled with peril and potential death. The life of a fisherman's wife may be worse due to the unknowing and non-stop confusion one faces. Salt in Our Blood: The memoir of a fisherman's wife is the reflections of a homemaker when the family business is doing a job with a shockingly high mortality rate. The daily worry, the daily challenges, and the unfortunate event of what they fear most occurring.
-- Midwest Book Review

Open Mic
The infamous open mic segment will take place after intermission. The first 10 audience members who sign up can read from their original work for up to five minutes. No pre-registration is necessary. Open mike readers are encouraged to bring copies of their books for sales and autographing.

Upcoming Events
All events are held at the Newport Visual Arts Center (777 NW Beach Drive in the Nye Beach area of Newport) unless otherwise noted.
April 18 - 7:00 PM - at Cafe Mundo
Fourth Annual Instant Haiku Slam Classic

May 16 - 7:00 PM
Poets Claudia Handler & John Witte

June 20 - 7:00 PM
Spike Walker

July 18 - 7:00 PM - Special Event
at the NewportPerforming Arts Center
Singer/songwriter Craig Carothers

August 15 - 7:00 PM
Dori Appel

September 19 - 7:00 PM
Kaia Sand & Jules Boykoff

October 17 - 7:00 PM
Poets Laura Blossom and Marianne Klekacz

November 14 - 7:00 PM
Scribble! An interactive literary and dining event at the Yaquina Bay Yacht Club

For more calendar of events details,
visit our "Calendar of Events" web page.

About Us
The Nye Beach Writers' Series is a program of Writers On The Edge, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the literary arts in Lincoln County and the support of lifelong participation in reading, writing,and literary performance.

Writers On The Edge is supported in part by admission dollars, individual donations, and a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust, investing in Oregon's arts, humanities and heritage, and the Lincoln County Cultural Coalition. Events held at the Newport Visual Arts Center are supported in part by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts and the City of Newport. Books by featured authors are provided for autographing and sales by Nye Beach Books. LazerQuick of Newport provides ongoing printing support. Two nights lodging for featured author Jim Lynch has been donated by the Newport Belle Bed & Breakfast, a sternwheeler docked in Yaquina Bay. All donations to Writers On The Edge are gratefully appreciated and fully tax-deductible.

For more information, to sign up for email announcements, or to view a map and directions to our venue locations, visit www.writersontheedge.org.

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