Matt Love will read from his latest book, “The Great Birthright: An Oregon Novel,” at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita on Saturday, March 5, 2016, with a writing workshop during the day (10 am to 3 pm). The reading is a special event of the Manzanita Writers’ Series.
In his fiction debut, Love bends and twists the detective novel genre with hilarious, unexpected and political results. The premise: a Los Angeles developer is trying to privatize Oregon’s publicly-owned beaches, its vaunted “great birthright,” and only one washed-up detective and self published writer can stop him.
“When readers finish this novel,” said Love, “I hope they are ready to go to war to protect our beaches.” Especially to protect them from what Love calls “the New Jersey and Malibufication of Oregon’s beaches: boardwalks, espresso stands, security guards, fences, no dogs, no bonfires, no fort building, NO TRESPASSING signs.”
The Great Birthright includes Love’s call to action for Oregonians to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beach Bill on July 7, 2017.
Love grew up in Oregon City and is a lifelong educator and publisher of Nestucca Spit Press. He’s the author/editor of 14 books about Oregon, including the Beaver State and Newport Trilogies. In 2009, Love won the Oregon Literary Arts’ Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award for his contributions to Oregon history and literature. He lives in Astoria with his husky, Sonny. He’s currently working on a book about teaching.
During the day on Saturday, Love will teach a writing workshop on Getting the Writing Going, from 10 am to 3:30 pm. Tuition is $50.
Join Love to experiment with innovative techniques to define an editorial voice for fiction or nonfiction writing and address the barriers that prevent the aspiring writer from getting started. Click here to register.
Following Love’s reading and Q&A in the evening, we’ll have our popular Open Mic where up to nine local or visiting writers will read 5 minutes of their original work. The suggested (not required) theme for the evening’s Open Mic is “on the beach.” Admission for the evening reading is $7.