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  • Apr 5

    3:00 PM - Sunday - Brooks Room

    A video of this presentation is available beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 5 at https://youtu.be/3oUBtTu8nqk or click on the link below.

    Listen to traditional Irish reels and jigs on flute, bouzouki and bodhrán and learn a bit about the music.

    Chris Sepic plays traditionaal Irish music in Central Oregon and the greater Pacific Northwest. He performs as Wood & Silver.

    Learn more about Chris and his music at woodandsilvermusic.com

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  • Apr 7

    5:00 PM - Tuesday - Sunriver Brewery Production Facility

    Test your literary trivia knowledge. Copy and past link in your browser to join the program: https://zoom.us/j/182340365

    Book geeks and homebodies unite in this literature trivia night brought to you by Deschutes Public Library online. Use the link below to attend the Zoom event, or check Facebook for a live stream.

    This is the trivia night you've been waiting for! We'll be testing your knowledge in a series of rounds that will touch on general literary facts: drinks in our favorite books; and characters that loved a good drink. A little competition is healthy, so grab a drink, pick up a book and get prepping!

    Trivia hosted and judged by Sami Kerzel and Rya Fennewald. Sami Kerzel is a Community Librarian with Deschutes Public Library providing programming and assistance to all ages primarily in the Sunriver area. When not enjoying a good book, Sami cannot stop talking about her last read. Rya Fennewald is a Community Librarian at Deschutes Public Library. She delights in any social gathering that involves an opportunity to talk about her love affair with libraries. She has worked in libraries for the past 12 years and started with Deschutes Public Library in 2017. *zm*

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  • Apr 8

    10:00 AM - Wednesday - Wild Wood Coffee House

    Read and discuss the 2020 A Novel Idea... "When All Is Said" by Anne Griffin virtually online via Zoom. Click the link displayed below to join. About the book:
    At the bar of a grand hotel in a small Irish town sits 84-year-old Maurice Hannigan. He's alone, as usual - though tonight is anything but usual. Pull up a stool and charge your glass, because Maurice is finally ready to tell his story. Over the course of this evening, he will raise five toasts to the five people who have meant the most to him. Through these stories - of unspoken joy and regret, a secret tragedy kept hidden, a fierce love that never found its voice - the life of one man will be powerful and poignantly laid bare. Beautifully heart-warming and powerfully felt, the voice of Maurice Hannigan will stay with you long after all is said and done.

    About the Author:
    Anne Griffin was born in Dublin now lives in the heart of Ireland's midlands. An acclaimed short story writer, she is the recipient of the John McGahern award for emerging writers. She was shortlisted for the Hennessey New Irish Writing Award, The Sunday Business Post Short Story Competition and The Benedict Kiely Short Story Competition. Her work has been published in The Irish Times, The Stinging Fly and others. A graduate of University College Dublin's MA in Creative Writing Program, Griffin is a recipient of an Arts Grant from Westmeath County Council. "When All Is Said" is her first novel. It was a semifinalist for the Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Debut, has been a bestselling novel in Ireland, and recently won the Irish Book Award for Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year.

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  • Apr 9

    12:00 PM - Thursday -

    Read and discuss "When All Is Said" with friends and neighbors.

    About the book:
    At the bar of a grand hotel in a small Irish town sits 84-year-old Maurice Hannigan. He’s alone, as usual—though tonight is anything but usual. Pull up a stool and charge your glass, because Maurice is finally ready to tell his story. Over the course of this evening, he will raise five toasts to the five people who have meant the most to him. Through these stories—of unspoken joy and regret, a secret tragedy kept hidden, a fierce love that never found its voice—the life of one man will be powerful and poignantly laid bare. Beautifully heart-warming and powerfully felt, the voice of Maurice Hannigan will stay with you long after all is said and done.

    About the Author:
    Anne Griffin was born in Dublin now lives in the heart of Ireland’s midlands. An acclaimed short story writer, she is the recipient of the John McGahern award for emerging writers. She was shortlisted for the Hennessey New Irish Writing Award, The Sunday Business Post Short Story Competition and The Benedict Kiely Short Story Competition. Her work has been published in The Irish Times, The Stinging Fly and others. A graduate of University College Dublin’s MA in Creative Writing Program, Griffin is a recipient of an Arts Grant from Westmeath County Council. When All Is Said is her first novel. It was a semifinalist for the Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Debut, has been a bestselling novel in Ireland, and recently won the Irish Book Award for Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year.

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  • Apr 11

    3:00 PM - Saturday - Main Lobby

    A video of this presentation is available beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 5 at https://youtu.be/3oUBtTu8nqk or click on the link below.

    Listen to traditional Irish reels and jigs on flute, bouzouki and bodhrán and learn a bit about the music.

    Chris Sepic plays traditionaal Irish music in Central Oregon and the greater Pacific Northwest. He performs as Wood & Silver.

    Learn more about Chris and his music at woodandsilvermusic.com

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  • Apr 16

    12:00 PM - Thursday - Multi-Purpose Room

    Feed your mind at this thought-provoking and fun book club. This month we are reading "When All Is Said" by Anne Griffin. This is the 2020 Novel Idea selection!

    Join the Zoom Meeting here: https://zoom.us/j/595922100

    About the book:
    At the bar of a grand hotel in a small Irish town sits 84-year-old Maurice Hannigan. He's alone, as usual - though tonight is anything but usual. Pull up a stool and charge your glass, because Maurice is finally ready to tell his story. Over the course of this evening, he will raise five toasts to the five people who have meant the most to him. Through these stories - of unspoken joy and regret, a secret tragedy kept hidden, a fierce love that never found its voice - the life of one man will be powerful and poignantly laid bare. Beautifully heart-warming and powerfully felt, the voice of Maurice Hannigan will stay with you long after all is said and done.

    About the Author:
    Anne Griffin was born in Dublin now lives in the heart of Ireland's midlands. An acclaimed short story writer, she is the recipient of the John McGahern award for emerging writers. She was shortlisted for the Hennessey New Irish Writing Award, The Sunday Business Post Short Story Competition and The Benedict Kiely Short Story Competition. Her work has been published in The Irish Times, The Stinging Fly and others. A graduate of University College Dublin's MA in Creative Writing Program, Griffin is a recipient of an Arts Grant from Westmeath County Council. "When All Is Said" is her first novel. It was a semifinalist for the Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Debut, has been a bestselling novel in Ireland, and recently won the Irish Book Award for Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year. *zm*

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  • Apr 18

    12:00 PM - Saturday - Meeting Room

    Examine the intersection of twentieth century Irish politics and literature.

    Ireland is a country whose poets are sometimes rebels and whose rebels often become statesmen. The Easter Rising of 1916 that struck for Irish independence was led by an accomplished poet, Patrick Pearse, and was immortalized by another, the Nobel Laureate William Butler Yeats, who himself later served in the Irish senate. Decades later, the imprisoned IRA gunman Bobby Sands wrote poems and songs from his cell shortly before his death on hunger strike. Politicians of all stripes regularly invoked powerful memories of historic injustices and of the courage and sacrifices of those who came before them while many of the people in their communities struggled to overcome the traumatic history that had shaped their lives. All the while, poets, playwrights and musicians expressed, with sensitivity and nuance, these bitter and often violent political conflicts along with the strength, resilience and humanity of the Irish people who lived through it all. Indeed, throughout the twentieth century politics and literature in Ireland were often so firmly intertwined that it can be a challenge, even now, to differentiate between the two. This lecture focuses on the intersection of history, literature, and memory in Ireland from the first performance in 1902 of W.B. Yeats' controversial play Cathleen ni Houlihan to the Good Friday Peace Agreement in Northern Ireland in 1998.

    David Campion is the Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. Associate Professor of History at Lewis & Clark College in Portland where he has taught since 2002. He received his BA in history and English from Georgetown University and his MA and PhD in history from the University of Virginia. His research interests include Modern Britain and Ireland, the British Empire, and Modern South Asia. He has published on such topics as colonial policing in India, Irish nationalism, and decolonization in the British Empire. He has given lectures and taught at universities in the United States, Britain, Ireland, India, Hong Kong and Macau.

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  • Apr 19

    1:00 PM - Sunday - Brooks Room

    Examine the intersection of twentieth century Irish politics and literature.

    Ireland is a country whose poets are sometimes rebels and whose rebels often become statesmen. The Easter Rising of 1916 that struck for Irish independence was led by an accomplished poet, Patrick Pearse, and was immortalized by another, the Nobel Laureate William Butler Yeats, who himself later served in the Irish senate. Decades later, the imprisoned IRA gunman Bobby Sands wrote poems and songs from his cell shortly before his death on hunger strike. Politicians of all stripes regularly invoked powerful memories of historic injustices and of the courage and sacrifices of those who came before them while many of the people in their communities struggled to overcome the traumatic history that had shaped their lives. All the while, poets, playwrights and musicians expressed, with sensitivity and nuance, these bitter and often violent political conflicts along with the strength, resilience and humanity of the Irish people who lived through it all. Indeed, throughout the twentieth century politics and literature in Ireland were often so firmly intertwined that it can be a challenge, even now, to differentiate between the two. This lecture focuses on the intersection of history, literature, and memory in Ireland from the first performance in 1902 of W.B. Yeats' controversial play Cathleen ni Houlihan to the Good Friday Peace Agreement in Northern Ireland in 1998.

    David Campion is the Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. Associate Professor of History at Lewis & Clark College in Portland where he has taught since 2002. He received his BA in history and English from Georgetown University and his MA and PhD in history from the University of Virginia. His research interests include Modern Britain and Ireland, the British Empire, and Modern South Asia. He has published on such topics as colonial policing in India, Irish nationalism, and decolonization in the British Empire. He has given lectures and taught at universities in the United States, Britain, Ireland, India, Hong Kong and Macau.

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  • Apr 20

    6:30 PM - Monday - Multi-Purpose Room

    ONLINE ONLY
    An armchair exploration of Ireland's countryside, towns, and cities.

    Join us for an armchair exploration of the Emerald Isle with library staff Julie Bowers and Cheri Schmitt. They'll share their recent experiences traveling throughout Ireland’s countryside, towns, and cities. Hear about getting around (by ferry and car), lodging, historical sites, and pubs. Éirinn go Brách!

    Celebrating 15 years with Deschutes Public Library, Julie Bowers is currently a Community Librarian focused on Children's Services. Julie was deeply moved by the natural beauty and astonishingly visible history of Ireland. Currently a Public Service Specialist, Cheri Schmitt has worked at Deschutes Public Library for 30 years. Travelling to Ireland with the women in her family (including her mother, sister, daughter, and niece) enabled them to experience the music, history, and beauty together.

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  • Apr 22

    5:30 PM - Wednesday -

    Discuss "When All Is Said" by Anne Griffin

    About the book:
    At the bar of a grand hotel in a small Irish town sits 84-year-old Maurice Hannigan. He's alone, as usual - though tonight is anything but usual. Pull up a stool and charge your glass, because Maurice is finally ready to tell his story. Over the course of this evening, he will raise five toasts to the five people who have meant the most to him. Through these stories - of unspoken joy and regret, a secret tragedy kept hidden, a fierce love that never found its voice - the life of one man will be powerful and poignantly laid bare. Beautifully heart-warming and powerfully felt, the voice of Maurice Hannigan will stay with you long after all is said and done.

    About the Author:
    Anne Griffin was born in Dublin now lives in the heart of Ireland's midlands. An acclaimed short story writer, she is the recipient of the John McGahern award for emerging writers. She was shortlisted for the Hennessey New Irish Writing Award, The Sunday Business Post Short Story Competition and The Benedict Kiely Short Story Competition. Her work has been published in The Irish Times, The Stinging Fly and others. A graduate of University College Dublin's MA in Creative Writing Program, Griffin is a recipient of an Arts Grant from Westmeath County Council. "When All Is Said" is her first novel. It was a semifinalist for the Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Debut, has been a bestselling novel in Ireland, and recently won the Irish Book Award for Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year.

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  • Apr 22

    6:30 PM - Wednesday - Brooks Room

    Join two memoirists in conversation.

    OSU Cascades Low-Residency MFA professors Beth Alvarado and Ellen Santasiero discuss memoir and how they write and teach it.

    Hear about: some of their favorite works, how you go about writing memoir, where to start, why memoir is important, and what they are telling their students about writing memoir right now.

    Beth Alvarado's book, "Anxious Attachments," is a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards and was long-listed for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Art of the Essay Award. "Jillian in the Borderlands: A Cycle of Rather Dark Tales," is forthcoming in 2020. Her earlier books are "Anthropologies: A Family Memoir" and "Not a Matter of Love" (Many Voices Prize). Beth lives in Bend, where she is core faculty at OSU-Cascades Low Residency MFA Program. She has just been awarded an Oregon Literary Career Fellowship.

    Ellen’s essays, memoirs, interviews, and articles have appeared in Northwest Review, Marlboro Review, The Sun, Oregon Humanities, High Desert Journal, The Stay Project, youshare.com, The Polk Street Review, Oregon Home, Going Green, an anthology from the University of Oklahoma Press, and in “Dialogical,” a writing and art exhibit curated by Portland State University.

    Ellen served as Writer-in-Residence at Central Oregon Community College, received Writer’s Residency Fellowships from Caldera and Soapstone, and is a featured reader, speaker, and panelist at academic and community venues in Oregon and in the Mid-West.

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  • Apr 23

    5:30 PM - Thursday - Brooks Room

    ONLINE ONLY
    Learn the step by step process of making soda bread.

    Learn the step by step process of making traditional Irish soda bread for yourself. Discuss the history and importance of soda bread while enjoying a slice of a prepared loaf

    Workshop led by Elizabeth Guerin. Elizabeth lives in Southeast Bend on a small dairy goat farm with her husband John and teaches Spanish at a local elementary school. She also teaches agricultural topics, cheese-, and bread making for several community groups. When not teaching or in the barn she can be found in the kitchen perfecting her love of bread baking.


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  • Apr 25

    3:00 PM - Saturday - Meeting Room

    A video of this presentation is available beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 5 at https://youtu.be/3oUBtTu8nqk or click on the link below.

    Listen to traditional Irish reels and jigs on flute, bouzouki and bodhrán and learn a bit about the music.

    Chris Sepic plays traditional Irish music in Central Oregon and the greater Pacific Northwest. He performs as Wood & Silver.

    For more info about Chris visit woodandsilvermusic.com

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  • Apr 28

    6:00 PM - Tuesday - Brooks Room

    Panelists share experiences of living, parenting, and learning with dyslexia.

    Attend a panel discussion by Decoding Dyslexia of Central Oregon that provides a more accurate, myth-free, understanding of dyslexia. Panel will include people with dyslexia, parents of dyslexic kids, and educators who specialize in teaching children with dyslexia.

    Decoding Dyslexia is a parent led grassroots movement for dyslexia. They aim to raise dyslexia awareness, empower families to support their children, and inform policy.

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  • May 2

    4:00 PM - Saturday - Wild Ride Brew

    Join us for music, toasts, and "When All Is Said Stout."

    This year we celebrate A Novel Idea at Wild Ride Brewing in Redmond. Our friends at Wild Ride have been busy brewing a special When All Is Said Stout. The special brew will be available for purchase. Not only can you try the special Novel Idea beer during the event but expect some foot stomping music by Five Pint Mary. In addition, just like Maurice Hannigan from "When All Is Said," by Anne Griffin, you'll have the opportunity to craft and deliver 3-4 sentence toasts to the people in your life that you'd like to honor. Local writers will be on hand to help you get your toast just right.

    About the band:
    Since 2009 Five Pint Mary, has been playing a unique blend of original and traditional Irish/Celtic folk-rock. Based in Bend this multi-generational group of seasoned musicians dish out a well-honed brew of spirited music, both traditional and original. With tightly woven 4-5 part harmony vocals, the band creates a sound that is infectious, rollicking, and fun. Bordering on the boisterous, their sound hearkens back to the old-world pubs of Europe. Influenced by the traditional music of Ireland and Scotland, a bit of the Eastern Block, and infused with a ripple of American Bluegrass, Five Pint Mary delivers a fresh and lively world sound. Band members include Michael Holmes (guitar/accordion/vocals), Sarah Pollock-Holmes (vocals/guitar/Irish tin-whistles), Rick Havern (banjo/bazouki/vocals), Matt Gwinup (mandolin/cajon /vocals), Evan Holmes (violin),and Tyler Cranor (bass/vocals).

    About the book:
    At the bar of a grand hotel in a small Irish town sits 84-year-old Maurice Hannigan. He's alone, as usual - though tonight is anything but usual. Pull up a stool and charge your glass, because Maurice is finally ready to tell his story. Over the course of this evening, he will raise five toasts to the five people who have meant the most to him. Through these stories - of unspoken joy and regret, a secret tragedy kept hidden, a fierce love that never found its voice - the life of one man will be powerful and poignantly laid bare. Beautifully heart - warming and powerfully felt, the voice of Maurice Hannigan will stay with you long after all is said and done.

    About the Author:
    Anne Griffin was born in Dublin and now lives in the heart of Ireland's midlands. An acclaimed short story writer, she is the recipient of the John McGahern award for emerging writers. She was shortlisted for the Hennessey New Irish Writing Award, The Sunday Business Post Short Story Competition and The Benedict Kiely Short Story Competition. Her work has been published in The Irish Times, The Stinging Fly and others. A graduate of University College Dublin's MA in Creative Writing Program, Griffin is a recipient of an Arts Grant from Westmeath County Council. "When All Is Said" is her first novel. It was a semifinalist for the Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Debut, has been a bestselling novel in Ireland, and recently won the Irish Book Award for Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year.


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  • May 3

    4:00 PM - Sunday - Bend High School

    "When All Is Said" author reads at the final A Novel Idea 2020 event.

    Tickets are free but required and are available April 18 at www.dplfoundation.org and at all branch libraries.

    About the book:
    At the bar of a grand hotel in a small Irish town sits 84-year-old Maurice Hannigan. He's alone, as usual - though tonight is anything but usual. Pull up a stool and charge your glass, because Maurice is finally ready to tell his story. Over the course of this evening, he will raise five toasts to the five people who have meant the most to him. Through these stories - of unspoken joy and regret, a secret tragedy kept hidden, a fierce love that never found its voice - the life of one man will be powerful and poignantly laid bare. Beautifully heart - warming and powerfully felt, the voice of Maurice Hannigan will stay with you long after all is said and done.

    About the Author:
    Anne Griffin was born in Dublin now lives in the heart of Ireland's midlands. An acclaimed short story writer, she is the recipient of the John McGahern award for emerging writers. She was shortlisted for the Hennessey New Irish Writing Award, The Sunday Business Post Short Story Competition and The Benedict Kiely Short Story Competition. Her work has been published in The Irish Times, The Stinging Fly and others. A graduate of University College Dublin's MA in Creative Writing Program, Griffin is a recipient of an Arts Grant from Westmeath County Council. When All Is Said is her first novel. It was a semifinalist for the Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Debut, has been a bestselling novel in Ireland, and recently won the Irish Book Award for Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year.

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