ST. HELENS - Jane Kirkpatrick will be speaking about and autographing her 12th book, "Hold Tight the Thread," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, at the Columbia Center auditorium, 375 S. 18th St. The historical novel is the third book in the trilogy about Ioway Indian Marie Dorion begun in her previous novels, "A Name of Her Own" and "Every Fixed Star."

Kirkpatrick is a Wisconsin native who holds an advanced degree in clinical social work and is a mental health and educational consultant. For 17 years, she worked with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs in Central Oregon.

For information, call the St. Helens Public Library at (503) 397-4544 or the St. Helens Book Shop at (503) 397-4917. The Literary Arts Series is a collaboration of the St. Helens Public Library, the Friends of the St. Helens Public Library, the St. Helens Book Shop, the Historical Society of Columbia County and the Columbia Learning Center. Events are offered to the public at no charge.

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