May 24, 2016 (Bend, Oregon) — With the announcement of the Deschutes Public Library Foundation’s fifth season of Author! Author!, there can be no question that the popular literary series has hit its stride. The stellar line-up includes three Pulitzer Prize winners and one Pulitzer finalist, and all four authors have made significant contributions to their communities and areas of interest:
- KATHERINE BOO | Thursday, October 20, 2016 | 7:00 p.m. | Bend High School Auditorium
- ANTHONY DOERR | Thursday, February 9, 2017 | 7:00 p.m. | Bend High School Auditorium
- SIDDHARTHA MUKHERJEE | Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | 7:00 p.m. | Bend High School Auditorium
- DAVE EGGERS | Date to Be Announced | Bend High School Auditorium
“Author! Author! promotes and strengthens community dialogue,” says the program’s project director Chantal Strobel. “We’ve seen great discussions happen in the past around authors like Sherman Alexie, Ann Patchett, Elizabeth Gilbert, and others, and this season continues that tradition with what may be our best line-up yet.”
General admission tickets are just $25 per event, but the entire four-author series can be purchased for $80. “The cost of the full series is comparable to one concert ticket,” says Strobel. She says that the Library Foundation’s goal is to make the presentations as affordable as possible while also raising money for Deschutes Public Library programs and services that are not funded by tax dollars.
In an effort to increase exposure to literature and engage teens in civic dialogue, the Library Foundation also provides free tickets for up to 200 regional high school students to attend the four author presentations and to receive copies of the authors’ books. “The outreach is part of an effort to connect with young adults in the region and to expose them to quality literature while engaging them in discussions regarding the books’ themes,” says Strobel.
Series tickets, as well as preferred seating tickets that include access to private author receptions, will be available on July 1 at www.dplfoundation.org. Individual tickets will be available on September 1. The 2016/2017 Author! Author! Season is made possible by ticket sales and by these presenting sponsors: Echo Fund, The Bulletin, Oregon Humanities, USBank, The Roundhouse Foundation and Jackson Insurance & Financial Services.
For more information, visit the Deschutes Public Library Foundation at www.dplfoundation.org or call (541) 312-1027.