Free Literary Events at Eugene Public Library, October 2013

All events are free and open to the public.

More information: 541-682-5450 or

Atlas of Yellowstone

Tuesday, October 1, 6 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive

Established in 1872, Yellowstone National Park was the world’s first national park. The new book Atlas of Yellowstone is a beautiful and compelling visual guide to the park, with each page exploring and explaining a different aspect, from animals to people to art to geological features. The book has received the PROSE award for Excellence in Physical Sciences and Mathematics from the American Publishers Association and the 2012 Cartography and Geographic Information Society Map Competition “Best in Show” Award.

Co-author Jim Meacham, a past president of the North American Cartographic Information Society, is a Senior Research Associate and Executive Director and co-founder of the InfoGraphics Lab in the University of Oregon’s Department of Geography. He is currently a member of the Oregon Geographic Names Board and the Oregon Geographic Information Council.

His collaborator W. Andrew Marcus is a Professor of Geography and Acting Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at University of Oregon. Marcus’ 15 years of research in Yellowstone National Park provided the training and networking needed to create the Atlas of Yellowstone. Marcus also works extensively with NatureBridge, a non-profit organization that has partnered with the National Park Service to provide environmental education to over one million participants.

With books for sale and signing courtesy of the University of Oregon Duck Store.

Windfall Reading: A. Molotkov and John Sibley Williams

Tuesday, October 15, 5:30 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive

The Windfall Reading Series this month features writers Anatola Molotkov and John Sibley Williams. Together, they edit The Inflectionist Review and work with Moonlit Poetry Caravan critique group.

Born in Russia, A. Molotkov moved to the U.S. in 1990 and switched to writing in English in 1993. Widely published, he has been honored with two Pushcart nominations, a New Millennium Writings award, an E. M. Koeppel fiction award, and Boone’s Dock Press poetry chapbook contest for his True Stories from the Future. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Oregon Poetry Association.

John Sibley Williams is the author of Controlled Hallucinations and 6 poetry chapbooks. He is the winner of the HEART Poetry Award, and a finalist for Pushcart, Rumi, and Pinch Poetry prizes. Sibley Williams co-directs the Walt Whitman 150 project, serves as Marketing Director of Inkwater Press, and has edited anthologies including Motionless from the Iron Bridge: A Northwest Anthology of Bridge Poems and Song of Ourselves: Celebrating 150 Years of Walt Whitman.

The Windfall Reading Series is sponsored by Eugene Public Library, Lane Literary Guild, Friends of Eugene Public Library, Eugene Public Library Foundation, and Cultural Services Division of Lane Arts Council. Refreshments served at intermission.

Free Digital Magazines

Monday, October 21, 5:30 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive

Eugene Public Library’s Zinio service offers free, cover-to-cover, current issues of popular magazines for tablets, eReaders, computers, and phones. In this 2-hour class, learn how to access these magazines to read and download them to keep. Best-selling magazines are available on every topic: food, home, garden, news, sports, outdoors, fitness, music, art, celebrities, fashion, and more. Basic computer and Internet skills required.

“Of Walking in Rain”: Author Matt Love

Tuesday, October 22, 6 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive

Author Matt Love will read from his latest book, Of Walking in Rain, a work of creative non-fiction. Written during the 4 wettest months of the second rainiest year in Newport history, the book reflects on the state’s most famous cultural asset and what it means to live in one the rainiest places on earth. The book blends many literary genres including “memoir, essay, vignette, diary, reportage, guide, criticism, satire, stream of consciousness, homework, meditation, review, commentary, oral history, weather report, discography, liner notes, polemic, curriculum, and confession.” The volume is illustrated with etchings by Frank Boyden.

Matt Love is a writer, educator, and publisher of Nestucca Spit Press who won the 2009 Oregon Literary Arts’ Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award for his contributions to Oregon history and literature. The author/editor of 10 books about Oregon, he calculates that 1.5 tons of rain have fallen on him during his 16 years living on the Oregon Coast.

Print Your Book

Sunday, October 27, 2:30 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive

This 2-hour class offers an introduction to the many self-publishing resources available online. Whether you have written a book you want to print and sell widely, or you want to print just a few copies of a family history or recipe collection, self-publishing is now easier and more affordable than ever. Intermediate computer and Internet skills required.

Masters of Mystery: An Evening of Halloween Tales for Adults

Wednesday, October 30, 6 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive

Celebrate the coming of All Hallows’ Eve with two-time Emmy Award Winning storyteller Mark Lewis. He will perform classic Halloween tales by Edgar Allen Poe, Alfred Noyes, and other favorites at this spine-tingling show for adults.

Tween Scene Book Group

Thursday, October 31, 4 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive

This month’s book is The Search for Wondla, by Tony DiTerlizzi. A richly illustrated novel about a girl raised in isolated safety by a robot, who now must flee her home on a quest to find more humans. For grades 4 through 6. Pre-register and pick up the book at the Children’s Center starting October 1.

Teen Book Group

Thursday, October 31, 4 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10th & Olive

This month’s book is Every Day by David Levithan. This novel’s hero is a teen who wakes up each morning in a different person’s body, living that person’s life, and learning over the years never to get too attached… until he falls in love. For middle and high school ages. Visit the Downtown Teen Desk to pre-register and pick up your copy of the book starting October 1.