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Friday, November 8, 2013

Nature of Words on Bendsource.com

Posted By on Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 11:48 AM

The 2013 Nature of Words Festival is in full swing with author readings tonight at the Tower Theatre from Lawson Inada, James Prosek, Karen Finneyfrock and Jim Lynch. Buy tickets for tonight's event here!

Check out our full coverage with author interviews here and on stands in this week's Source (it's the one with the soup can on the cover!). We also have a super convenient mobile site with all the Nature of Words coverage and schedule on our Source app.

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You can buy tickets for the rest of the weekend's events here!
Happy reading!

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

TODAY! 2013 Nature of Words Festival Begins!

Posted By on Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 10:00 AM

It's finally here! Today, Bend becomes a literary hub with the kickoff of the Nature of Words annual festival!

The upcoming issue of the Source features our full coverage of the event, including previews, interviews and book reviews.

Here's our final sneak peak at the amazing authors that will be coming to town for readings, workshops and receptions at Nature of Words 2013.

Today we feature: Lawson Inada, who explores the intersection of music, culture and community in through his award winning poems.

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Inada will speak on the ways ethnically diverse authors and poets bring their history and culture to the page in his Nature of Words lecture on Thursday, Nov. 7 at Central Oregon Community College’s Wille Hall from noon to 1 p.m., $25, as well as an author reading at Tower Theatre, Friday, Nov. 8, 7 pm, $30; and workshop at OSU-Cascade Campus, Cascades Hall, 9 -11 am, $45.
Buy tickets here!

In his poems on jazz legends such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Thelonius Monk, and Charlie “Bird” Parker, the theme of home is persistent. In “’Blue Monk’ (Linear),” he writes:

“Mr. Blue Monk,
bringing everything we do,
we see, we know,
into melodious focus
through the blue keys
of his blue piano;
therefore, in this blue region,
with this blue vision, in this blue
body of being
we all know as home,
everything throbs and pulses and glows
with the true, blue beauty of his song:
‘Blue Monk’!”

Below is a computer animated look at the World War II Japanese American Internment Camps based on Inada's poetry animated by Evan Carroll and Lawson's son, Miles Inada.

Legends From Camp from Miles Inada on Vimeo.

Read a full write up on Inada in this week's Source, on stands now, and online at bendsource.com.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Two Days Until the 2013 Nature of Words Festival!

Posted By on Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Tomorrow, Bend becomes a literary hub with the kickoff of the Nature of Words annual festival on Thursday, November 7!

The upcoming issue of the Source features our full coverage of the event, including previews, interviews and book reviews.

Everyday this week we'll give you a sneak peak at our coverage of the amazing authors that will be coming to town for readings, workshops and receptions at Nature of Words 2013.

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Today: Seattle young adult author and slam poet, Karen Finneyfrock. Her first novel, "The Sweet Revenge of Cecelia Door," was released earlier this year, but Finneyfrock is best known for her spoken word poetry. Read a review of Finneyfrock's book of collected poems "Ceremony for the Choking Ghost" by Paul Constant of the Seattle Stranger here.

Karen Finneyfrock with present at Rising Star Creative Writing Competition Awards Ceremony, Central Oregon Community College, Hitchcock Auditorium, Thursday, Nov. 7, 7 pm, free. She also will offer a workshop on poetic forms in fiction and will flash read at an author reception at Tower Theatre, Friday, Nov. 8, 7 pm, $30; and workshop at OSU-Cascade Campus, Cascades Hall, Saturday, Nov. 9, 1-3 pm, $45.
Buy tickets here!

In a recent interview with The Source, Finneyfrock discussed the Pacific Northwest, valuable friendships and what it means to be a successful poet.

SW: How do you define a successful poet?
KF: For poetry there’s no outward markers of success. It’s how close the poet gets to feeling like they have captured their genuine voice and experience in the poem. For poets, the feeling that they have captured something authentic is the mark of success.

Here is a video of her performing her poem "14."

For Finneyfrock's full interview pick up a copy of the Source , on stands today! Or check online at bendsource.com for our continued coverage of the 2013 Nature of Words festival.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Three Days Until Nature of Words 2013!

Posted By on Tue, Nov 5, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Just three days until Bend becomes a literary hub with the kickoff of the Nature of Words annual festival on Thursday, November 7!

The current issue of the Source features our full coverage of the event, including previews, interviews and book reviews.

Everyday this week we'll give you a sneak peak of our coverage of this year's amazing authors that will be coming to town for readings, workshops and receptions at Nature of Words 2013.

Today: James Prosek, Yale graduate, author, naturalist, artist and fisherman.

Courtesy James Prosek
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He will speak several times during the weekend festival, including a reception at Confluence Fly Fishing Shop, Old Mill District, Friday, Nov. 8, 3 pm, invite-only; author reading at Tower Theatre, Friday, Nov. 8, 7 pm, $30; and workshop at OSU-Cascade Campus, Cascades Hall, 1 — 3 pm, $45.
Buy tickets here!

Associate editor for the Source James Williams read Prosek's most recent novel:

“The Day My Mother Left,” a touching story of Jeremy, a nine-year-old who must pick up the pieces after his beloved mother abandons her suburban family. Jeremy’s father, though devoted, becomes despondent when his wife suddenly leaves for another man and Jeremy’s older sister is rarely available. The boy is left to contemplate, explore and, of course, fish—all as means to help him deal with his complicated emotions.

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Four Days Until the 2013 Nature of Words Festival!

Posted By on Mon, Nov 4, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Just four days until Bend becomes a literary hub with the kickoff of the Nature of Words annual festival on Thursday, November 7!

The upcoming issue of the Source features our full coverage of the event, including previews, interviews and book reviews.

Everyday this week we'll give you a sneak peak at our coverage of the amazing authors that will be coming to town for readings, workshops and receptions at Nature of Words 2013.

First up is former journalist turned novelist, Jim Lynch. You can also read the New York Times review of Lynch's most recent novel, Truth Like the Sun, here. He will present an author reading at Tower Theatre, Friday, Nov. 8, 7 pm, $30; and workshop at OSU-Cascade Campus, Cascades Hall, 9 -11 am, $45.
Buy tickets here!

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Source Weekly: You clearly adore Washington. What do you think Washington offers as a writer?
Jim Lynch: I grew up being a Tom Robbins and Ken Kesey fan—one of the reasons is they wrote so powerfully about the landscape here. We don’t have a really long or rich cultural history, but we have this exotic landscape. I like to play with the landscape, and the ambiance that it plays on the page.

Read the rest of this Q & A (Author Jim Lynch’s Literature is Equally at Home in Rural and Urban Washington) and our continued coverage of the Nature of Words event in this week's Source, on stands November 7th and online at bendsource.com.

Here's a video of Lynch reading from Truth Like the Sun on the Seattle Monorail.

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