Central Oregon Author Visits Libraries Posted By: Liz Goodrich Date Posted: 8/10/2004 Deschutes Public Library is pleased to welcome author Marilyn McDonald for readings at all branches of the Deschutes Public Library. Please see the Calendar listings for a complete schedule. She will be signing books following her readings. Mother of Eight Survives Population Explosion is McDonald’s newest book, published in 2004 by Xlibris Corporation. The book is comprised of the assembled articles of her Community Press column, “Just Between Us,” that originally ran from 1975- 1976. The popular column chronicled her adventures as the mother of eight during the 60’s and 70’s. “Those were times of tremendous turmoil and change in our society.” Viet Nam, human freedom, liberation, conservation and Zero Population Growth dominated the national political agenda says McDonald. “With eight children, I was living in the midst of my own population explosion – and turning heads whenever I packed them all with me into a restaurant or grocery store.” McDonald, in her introduction, says “this book speaks to life’s challenges, the search for human freedom and spiritual growth.” McDonald has been a professional writer since 1967and after the age of 70 she published two books. She earned her BS from Portland State University and her MA in Communications from the University of Portland. After a 25-year hiatus while she raised her children, McDonald returned to the workforce as a single parent where she climbed the corporate ladder in hospital public relations, owned an advertising agency and spearheaded several professional organizations. With hundreds of newspaper and magazine feature stories to her credit, she now writes books and travel articles. McDonald and her husband travel the world, spend summers in Central Oregon and winters along the Sea of Cortez in San Felipe, Baja, Mexico. For more information about this or other library programs, please call 312-1032.