The Cannon Beach Librarys Northwest Author series begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 at the library.
The first installment features Lance Weller, from Gig Harbor, Wash., who will read from his debut novel, Wilderness.
We like to showcase new authors as well as established authors, said Carol Lynch, library manager. (Weller) has a New York publicist, so he must be good. New York doesnt play around with authors they dont consider quality.
Weller is a past winner of the Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Bob Tarr, a member of the Cannon Beach board of directors, said that Weller was working in the restaurant industry when his wife persuaded him to quit the business and start writing for a living because thats what he really wanted to do.
Tarr, who will introduce all of the authors in the series, reads the authors books beforehand. He doesnt mince words when it comes to Wellers Wilderness, which was released in hardcover by Bloomsbury USA on Sept. 4.
It is an extremely powerful book, and it was extremely well written. I havent come across such dense, lyrical writing since I read Lawrence Durrells Alexandria Quartet in 1976, he said. In other words, its been an awfully long time since Ive read anything that well written along those lines.
Publishers Weekly said that war and remembrance combine powerfully in this rugged debut novel of the horrors of combat and the fierceness of nature.
The novel, partially set in the Pacific Northwest and ending on the Oregon Coast, is also a Civil War story, cutting back and forth between the 1864 Battle of the Wilderness in Virginia and the Washington coast in 1899, where the novels protagonist, Abel Truman, has come to live out his days as a hermit in a driftwood shack. The novel tells the story of his last journey, over the Olympics on the verge of winter, headed out on a long trip east to the home he fled as a young man.
The library is entering its sixth year of inviting Northwest authors to visit the library on the second Saturday of the month from September through June. Already, the board has all of its authors lined up for the year.
This year, The Waves, The Ocean Lodge, The Hallmark and Lands End are among sponsors.
The series is free and open to the public.
I quite look forward to doing these things, Tarr said. You never know what youre going to end up reading, you never know what its going to be like, but (the authors) are always nice, likable and fun to talk with.