Second Sunday: Visions of Home

Posted By:  Lisa McGean
Date Posted:  3/2/2012

George Estreich, Charles Goodrich, and Marjorie Sandor The Deschutes Public Library and Second Sunday will host “Visions of Home”, a thematic reading and discussion by poets George Estreich, Charles Goodrich, and Marjorie Sandor, on the meaning of home and living in Oregon. This presentation will take place on Sunday, March 11th at the Downtown Public Library, at 2:00 p.m. An open mic will follow the reading, which is free and open to the public.

Each poet has written a book that meditates extensive on the meanings of “home” here in Oregon: Charles, in “The Practice of Home”, his account of family, gardening and building a house; Marjorie, in her book of essays, “The Night Gardener: A Search for Home”, and more recently in “The Late Interiors: A Life Under Construction”, both of which link the hands-on practice of gardening with larger questions of family, loss, and change; and George, in “The Shape of the Eye: Down Syndrome, Family, and the Stories We Inherit”, an at-home dad’s memoir of raising a daughter with Down Syndrome, set against a backdrop of home renovation. All three writers, in very different ways, have set the literal, hands-on, messy aspects of home (gardening, renovation, daily tasks) against the larger questions implicit in living and making a family in specific ways.

In addition to his new book, “The Practice of Home”, Charles Goodrich is the author of another volume of poems, “The Insects of South Corvallis”, and a new book “Going to Seed”. A number of his poems have been read by Garrison Keillor on his Nation Public Radio Program, “The Writer’s Almanac”.

Marjorie Sandor is the author of four books, including the 2004 winner of the National Jewish Book Award in Fiction, “Portrait of my Mother, Who Posed Nude in Wartime”. Her book “The Late Interiors: A Life Under Construction” is a finalist for the 2012 Oregon Book Award.

George Estreich’s collection of poems, “Textbook Illustrations of the Human Body” won the Gorsline Prize and was published by Cloudbank Books. His new book, “The Shape of the Eye: Down Syndrome, Family, and the Stories We Inherit”, is a finalist for the 2012 Oregon Books Award.

For more information about this or other library programs, please visit the library website at People with disabilities needing accommodations (alternative formats, seating or auxiliary aides) should contact Lisa at 312-1034.

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