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C.B. Bernard, Finding My Story, Losing My Voice, Corvallis

May 18, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The remarkable story that became Chasing Alaska: A Portrait of the Last Frontier
Then and Now (Lyons Press) all but fell into Bernard’s lap. Telling that story
followed a 14-year journey through four cross-country moves, two failed novels,
more than a hundred rejections, and a less-than-strategic rethinking of Bernard’s
entire life. Learn from — and laugh at — one writer’s mistakes. Bernard will talk
about his adventures in writing and publishing about the Last Frontier, focusing
on the benefits of self-discipline and self-delusion, and the things you should be
willing to sacrifice in service to your story. There will also be an accompanying
slideshow from the book.

C.B. Bernards book is a Publishers Weekly Top 10 Travel Pick and National
Geographic top book choice and finalist for a 2014 Oregon Book Award. Memoir,
biography, and adventure all rolled into one, his book paints an insightful portrait
of Alaska through the intertwined viewpoints of his own journey and that of
a distant relation, the famous but not well known, early 20th century Arctic
explorer, Captain Joe Bernard. A career writer for more than two decades, C.B.
Bernard has worked as a newspaper and magazine journalist, among other
things. He lives in Portland with his wife and a temperamental bird dog named
Shakespeare. Learn more about the author or his book at cbbernard.com.

• June 15, 2015 — Quarterly Reading our traditional “Open Mic” event. Read
your work out loud in front of everyone.
• July 20, 2015 — Oregon Poet Laureate Peter Sears will be our guest. Topic to be


May 18, 2015
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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