Literary Arts
Susan Denning

Oregon Book Awards Author Tour  

Visits La Grande and Baker City in July   

Featuring Willy Vlautin, Paul VanDevelder and Henry Hughes

Portland, Ore - Literary Arts is pleased to announce events in La Grande and Baker City as part of the Oregon Book Awards Author Tour Henry Hughes, Paul VanDevelder  and Willy Vlautin will appear  Thursday, July 7th at 6:00 p.m. at the White House (1702 4th St) in La Grande.  They will also appear at  on  Friday, July 8th at 7:00 p.m. at Crossroads Art Center in Baker City.
These events are free and open to the public.

In addition, Paul VanDevelder will offer a free workshop on Saturday, July 9th at  10:00 a.m. at the Baker County Library (2400 Resort Street).  The workshop, called What's The Big Idea, will focus on building a book from scratch, from concept to manuscript. The workshop is free but space is limited and participants are asked to register in person at the info desk at the Baker County Library  or by calling (541) 523-6419

About the authors:

Henry HughesPaul VanDevelder Willy Vlautin

 Henry Hughes        Paul VanDevelder         Willy Vlautin 


Henry Hughes is the author of two poetry collections, Men Holding Eggs, the winner of the2004 Oregon Book Award, and Moist Meridian.  He is the editor of the anthology, The Art of Angling: Poems about Fishing, and his commentary on new poetry appears regularly in Harvard Review.  He teaches at Western Oregon University.


Paul VanDevelder  is the winner of the Frances Fuller Victor Award for
General Nonfiction for his book Savages and Scoundrels. He writes for Audubon, Esquire, National Geographic Traveler, and American History, and is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times.


Willy Vlautin is the winner of the Readers Choice Award and the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction for his book Lean on Pete. Vlautin is also the author of The Motel Life and Northline. He currently resides in Scappoose, Oregon.


The Oregon Book Awards are sponsored by the Oregon Arts Commission, the Oregon Cultural Trust, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by Brian & Gwyneth Booth, Nancy & Roderick Boutin, Betty Bradshaw, Leslie Bradshaw Endowment, The Collins Foundation, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Rocky & Julie Dixon, Gray Family Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation, Robert & Cecelia Huntington, Irving Street Kitchen, Mancini Family, Anne Mendel & Mark Henry, Walt Morey Endowment, Multnomah County Library, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Center for the Book at the Oregon State Library, Oregon Writers' Endowment, The Oregonian, Regional Arts & Culture Council and Work for Art, Halle & Rick Sadle, Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust, and many individual donors.


Local support for this tour comes from the Writers Guild of Eastern Oregon, Betty's Books, Baker County Library, Crossroads Art Center, the White House,  and Eastern Oregon University. 

Oregon Book Awards is a program of Literary Arts, a statewide, nonprofit organization that enriches the lives of Oregonians through language and literature. The programs of Literary Arts are Portland Arts & Lectures, Poetry Downtown, Oregon Book Awards, Oregon Literary Fellowships,  Poetry in Motion´┐Ż, Writers in the Schools and Delve: Readers' Seminars. For more information, please contact James Rishky at 503.227.2583 or visit Photos and cover art are available at
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