PENDLETON — Bette Lynch Husted, who studies T’ai Chi, writes a monthly column, “From Here to Anywhere,” in the East Oregonian and welcomes Northwest writers to the First Draft Writers’ Series will headline the June event.
The Pendleton author will read from her new book, “All Coyote’s Children.” The free event is Thursday at 7 p.m. at Pendleton Center for the Arts, 214 N. Main St. In addition, there will be an open mic for local writers to read from their work.
Husted has been a Fishtrap fellow and is an Oregon Arts Commission Literary Arts fellow. Her first collection of memoir essays, “Above the Clearwater: Living on Stolen Land” , was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and WILLA Award for creative nonfiction. She is also the author of “Lessons From the Borderlands” and “At This Distance: Poems.”
All Coyote’s Children (OSU 2018) is Husted’s first novel. Shortly before her passing, the acclaimed author Ursula K. Le Guin read the book and wrote, “The emotional intensity of ‘All Coyote’s Children’ might be overwhelming, if the characters weren’t so humanly lovable. Their troubles, though great and deep, are seen in a larger perspective of society, history, landscape, that admits sympathy but not self-pity, and lets us share both their pain and their hope.”
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, visit www.pendletonarts.org or search Facebook.