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Lauren Kessler Raises the Barre

January 17, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

November Meeting with award-winning author Lauren Kessler

Willamette Writers Coast Branch is excited to host author Lauren Kessler, who will be presenting from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on January 17th at the Newport Public Library (McEntree Room).Lauren Kessler

A Little About Lauren Kessler

Lauren Kessler is an award-winning author, (semi) fearless immersion reporter and self-designated guinea pig journalist who combines lively narrative with deep research to explore everything from the seemingly romantic but oh-so-gritty world of ballet to the wild, wild west of the anti-aging movement, from the stormy seas of the mother-daughter relationship to the hidden world of Alzheimer’s sufferers.

Lauren Kessler’s Work

She is the author of nine works of narrative nonfiction, including her latest, Raising the Barre: Big Dreams, False Starts, My Midlife Quest to Dance The Nutcracker, as well as the Washington Postbestseller Clever Girl and Los Angeles Times bestseller The Happy Bottom Riding Club — which David Letterman, in fierce competition with Oprah, chose as the first (and only) book for the Dave Letterman Book Club. Kessler appeared twice on his iconic late-night show. She is also the author of Oregon Book Award winner Stubborn Twig, which was chosen as the book for all Oregon to read in honor of the state’s 2009 sesquicentennial.

Find out more about Lauren Kessler at http://laurenkessler.com/. See you at the meeting!

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The Coast Chapter meets on the third Sunday of each month from 2:00-4:00 p.m., except for July, August and December. (In August we head to Portland for the Willamette Writers Conference.)


The Coast Chapter meets at the Newport Public Library (McEntee Room) at 140 S. 3rd St. Newport, OR 97365.

The Meeting Is Free Thanks To Our Sponsors

The meeting is free thanks to the generosity of the Newport Public Library and local businesses such as Hallmark ResortAnchor Pier LodgeElizabeth Street Inn, and Sylvia Beach Hotel, and the generous time and space provided by our media partners.

Join us, the meeting is open to the public.


January 17, 2016
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Newport Public Library
35 NW Nye Street
Newport, OR 97365
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