I remember when I was the person on this jetty, the girl who was happiest when she was mute and terrified of reading aloud in class. I remember going to my first speech therapist when I was five and my last speech therapist when I was in my forties. The girl on the jetty will be a part of me as I read passages from The Ninth Day at the Oregon Jewish Museum on November 12th and at Powell’s Cedar Hills Crossing on November 15th, passages in which a stuttering teen struggles to spit out a coherent sentence. I wish that I could have told the girl on the jetty so many years ago that one day she’d feel eager and honored to read aloud. And yet, if I hadn’t been that girl, I doubt that I could have written The Ninth Day. I certainly would not have felt competent to make Miriam Hope Friis my main character. […]Continue reading
On behalf of the characters in Blue Thread, I have the honor of announcing that their story is a finalist for the 2013 Oregon Book Awards. The book is one of three that Literary Arts selected for the Leslie Bradshaw Award for Young Adult Literature. Winners will be announced April 8, but all the finalists will have a chance to meet readers in the Literary Arts tour of Oregon. Will you and I meet? I hope so!
Here’s a shout out to the Oregon Historical Society, the Oregon Jewish Museum, Kimberly Jensen, Ooligan Press, and the Viva Scrivas, for their help with Blue Thread. Yup, gotta say thanks to husband, Michael, too. He’s lived with these characters almost as long as I have. […]Continue reading
Sometimes you have to give it your all. So here I am in the Collins Gallery of Portland’s Central Library, after a photo shoot for an article on the centennial of woman suffrage in Oregon and the launch of Blue Thread. I’m decked out in my 1912 costume, from outrageous hat to button-sided boots, and I’m sitting a few feet away from the suffrage exhibit. I’m also a few days away from my Petticoat Postcards! presentation with artist Addie Boswell in this very room. I want inspiration. I want Birdie!
Birdie Wise graduated from the University of Oregon in June 1912. She won first prize and $150 (big bucks in those days) for her “Dawn of Tomorrow” oration at the graduation exercises. Birdie argued that suffrage was a natural for women. Here’s why (to quote The Oregonian quoting Birdie):
The home is not a mere house bounded by four artificial walls. […]Continue reading