Local writer creates portrait of Oregon


My first impression of George Venn’s book, “Beaver’s Fire,” was one of a depth and range that encompasses more than its ostensible scope of a portfolio of the region’s past four decades. Poetry, fiction, non-fiction and photography intermingle to produce a portrait of Eastern Oregon and the Northwest through a literary lens. Venn is involved in many of these pieces […]

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Novel intertwines magic with spy novel

Invisible Library

“The Invisible Library” is a place, taking up an unspecified amount of physical space, and overseen by Librarians whose tasks range from research, the senior Librarians’ purview, to rescuing texts from an endless stream of alternate worlds. Irene, a young Librarian, is introduced as she completes a mission at a boys’ school. Irene’s running inner monologue is both hilarious and […]

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Book recounts two decades in wilderness


LA GRANDE — Jim and Holly Akenson, both alumni of Eastern Oregon University, have penned a compelling new book about their 21 years living in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. Published in August by Caxton Press in Caldwell, Idaho, “7003 Days” describes encounters with wildlife and nature: tracking wolves and cougars, using mules for transportation and ranch work […]

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