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The Author! Author! series began in 2012 as a way to expand the literary landscape in Central Oregon while raising funds for the Deschutes Public Library Foundation. With best-selling writers visiting for each annual series, Central Oregon has played host to numerous authors who have won Pulitzer Prizes, National Book Awards, and Edgar Awards, among other literary prizes.

THE 2022 SEASON LINE-UP FEATURED:

Thursday, January 13, 2022

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AMY TAN

New York Times bestselling writer AMY TAN is the author of six novels, as well as several short story collections, children’s books and non-fiction titles. Her first book, The Joy Luck Club, earned enthusiastic reviews as well as an eight-month spot on The New York Times bestseller list; it was also a finalist for the National Book Award. Tan’s work has been adapted into several different forms of media. The Joy Luck Club was adapted into a play and a film. Her novel The Bonesetter’s Daughter was adapted into an opera, and her children’s book Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat was adapted into an animated television show.

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Thursday, February 3, 2022

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TOMMY ORANGE

TOMMY ORANGE is the author of There, There, which was one of The New York Times’ top books of 2018 and a Pulitzer Prize finalist. It received the 2019 American Book Award as well as the PEN/Hemingway award. His writing credits also include short stories in literary magazines, such as McSweeney’s, Zoetrope: All-Story and Zyzzyva. Orange is a graduate of the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. He is a 2014 MacDowell Fellow, and a 2016 Writing by Writers Fellow. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma.

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Sunday, March 6, 2022

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NEIL GAIMAN

Prolific writer NEIL GAIMAN is the author of dozens of works of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, nonfiction, audio theatre and films. His works include the comic book series The Sandman and novels Stardust, American Gods, Coraline and The Graveyard Book. His numerous awards include the Hugo, Nebula and Bram Stoker awards, as well as the Newbery and Carnegie medals. He is the first author to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie medals for the same work, The Graveyard Book. In 2013, his novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane was voted Book of the Year in the British National Book Awards.

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PAST AUTHOR! AUTHOR! PRESENTERS

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Richard Russo
Richard Russo

March 14, 2019

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Colum McCann
Colum McCann

February 21, 2019

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Sarah Vowell
Sarah Vowell

November 15, 2018

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Maria Semple
Maria Semple

October 5, 2018

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Elizabeth Strout
Elizabeth Strout

March 16, 2018

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Colson Whitehead
Colson Whitehead

February 16, 2018

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Mary Roach
Mary Roach

January 27, 2018

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Michael Chabon
Michael Chabon

October 25, 2017

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Siddhartha Mukherjee
Siddhartha Mukherjee

April 10, 2017

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Anthony Doerr
Anthony Doerr

February 24, 2017

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Dave Eggers
Dave Eggers

January 19, 2017

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Katherine Boo
Katherine Boo

October 18, 2016

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Alice Hoffman
Alice Hoffman

May 26, 2016

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Lisa See
Lisa See

February 25, 2016

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Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth Gilbert

November 13, 2015

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James McBride
James McBride

November 8, 2015

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Timothy Egan
Timothy Egan

October 1, 2015

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Piper Kerman
Piper Kerman

May 29, 2015

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Ann Patchett
Ann Patchett

March 6, 2015

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Garth Stein
Garth Stein

February 11, 2015

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Jess Walter
Jess Walter

September 25, 2014

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Geraldine Brooks
Geraldine Brooks

June 19, 2014

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Cheryl Strayed
Cheryl Strayed

March 16, 2014

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Sherman Alexie
Sherman Alexie

January 24, 2014

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Rebecca Skloot
Rebecca Skloot

November 14, 2013

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Erik Larson
Erik Larson

June 20, 2013

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Stephen Greenblatt
Stephen Greenblatt

March 7, 2013

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Jennifer Egan
Jennifer Egan

January 10, 2013

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Mitch Albom
Mitch Albom

September 15, 2012

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