PENDLETON — Apricot A. Irving will read from her works during the upcoming First Draft Writers’ Series.

An Oregon Book Award winner, Irving will share Thursday, July 18 at 7 p.m. at Pendleton Center for the Arts, 214 N. Main St. After her presentation, there will be an open mic for local writers to read from their work.

Irving, who grew up as the daughter of a missionary in Haiti, wrote “The Gospel Trees.” Drawing from her parents’ journals as well as her own, the memoir is the story of learning to see, read and love — not just each other but Haiti. It’s described as “troubling, alive, defiant and tender.”

Showcasing notable Pacific Northwest authors, First Draft Writers’ Series meets the third Thursday of each month. For more information about the writers’ series, call 541-278-9201 or visit For more about Irving, go to

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