It's Willy Vlautin Month in December

Posted By:  Lisa McGean
Date Posted:  11/24/2009


The Deschutes Public Library is pleased to highlight Oregon author Willy Vlautin during the month of December with programs and readings as part of the Celebrate Oregon Authors series being offered throughout the year of 2009.  All events are free and open to the public.

Born and raised in Reno, Nevada, Willy Vlautin is both a songwriter and storyteller.  He is the founder of the band Richmond Fontaine and has also published two novels, “The Motel Life” (2007) and “Northline” (2008).  Learn more about him at

“The Motel Life” is a hard luck story of two brothers living in motels in Reno, and has to date, been published in eleven countries.  It won the Nevada Silver Pen Award in 2007 and made several top ten lists in the states and abroad.  Vlautin’s second novel, “Northline”, is the heartbreaking tale of Allison Johnson, an alcoholic waitress who flees Las Vegas in search of a new beginning in Reno.  The Seattle Post-Intelligencer says “Northline” heralds the emergence of a major realist talent”, and made the San Francisco Chronicle’s Top Ten Bestseller List.  Film rights have been optioned, and Courtney Hunt, who directed “Frozen River”, is attached to adapt and direct “Northline”.

Vlautin founded the band Richmond Fontaine in 1994.  The band has produced seven studio albums to date, plus a handful of live recordings and EP’s.  Driven by Vlautin’s dark, story-like songwriting, the band has achieved critical acclaim at home and across Europe.

Vlautin currently resides in Scappoose, Oregon, and is working on Richmond Fontaine’s eighth album (2009) and his third novel (2010).  An avid fan of horseracing, Vlautin can often be found writing behind a closed circuit monitor at Portland Meadows racetrack.

December events:

 Poker 101

• Friday, December 4, 2009

   12:00 noon

   Redmond Public Library

• Saturday, December 5, 2009

   3:00 p.m.

   Brooks Room, Bend Public Library    

Poker pro Angela Jordison gives basic game instruction, tips, and techniques for beginning and intermediate poker players.  Free and open to the public


Author Reading: Willy Vlautin

                • Thursday, December 10, 2009

                   4:00 p.m.

                   Redmond Public Library

                • Thursday, December 10, 2009

                   7:00 p.m.

                   Bend Public Library, Upstairs.

Willy Vlautin, novelist and frontman of the band Richmond Fontaine, reads from and discusses his work.  Vlautin’s novels include “The Motel Life” and “Northline”.  Free and open to the public.  Books will be available for sale at both readings.


Stories and Songs: The Art of the Singer/Songwriter

Saturday, December 12, 2009

2:00 p.m.

Brooks Room, Bend Public Library

Members of Central Oregon Songwriters Association discuss the art of songwriting and will perform some of their original tunes.  Free and open to the public.


Good Chair, Great Books

Monday, December 14, 2009

12:00 noon

Sunriver Area Public Library

Read and discuss “The Motel Life” by Willy Vlautin.  Participants are encouraged to bring their lunches to this event.


For questions about these, any other library events, or ADA information, please visit the library webstie at or contact Lisa McGean at 312-1034 or


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