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Author to talk about writing

Based on readings from new book

Nationally-acclaimed author Duff Brenna will present a program on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hood River Library about his experiences in writing best-selling memoirs.

Brenna's program will be based on readings and discussion from his novel Murdering The Mom, recently published by Wordcraft of Oregon. Wordcraft publisher and CEO David Memmott will accompany Brenna and will read from his latest book of poems, Lost Transmissions.

In Murdering the Mom Brenna took all the materials of hardship and abuse during an unhappy childhood and sculpted it into a heart-rending memoir based on his life.

Brenna was a juvenile delinquent, car thief and later hobo who turned his life around from a social miscreant to dairy farmer, paratrooper, and then award-winning scholar and author.

Now a Professor Emeritus of English literature and creative writing at California State University, San Marcos, Brenna is the author of six published novels, a collection of short stories, and two memoirs. His books have been translated into several languages and his short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and literary journals.

Memmott has published six books of poetry, a novel and a story collection. His poem, "Where the Yellow Brick Road Turns West," was a finalist for the 2010 Spur Award from Western Writers of America. The Larger Earth: Descending Notes of a Grounded Astronaut was selected as one of 150 best poetry books for 150 years of Oregon statehood by Poetry Northwest and the Oregon State Library. He is a recipient of three Fellowships for Publishing from Literary Arts, Inc., for his work as editor and publisher of Wordcraft of Oregon, based in La Grande. He is also managing editor of Phantom Drift: A Journal of New Fabulism.

This program is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Hood River County Library District and Libraries of Eastern Oregon.

For more information about the program, contact the library at 541-386-2535 or


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