Dark and Stormy Nights at Driftwood Public Library | Community
Lincoln City’s Driftwood Public Library announced the writers schedule for its 18th annual Dark & Stormy Night series in October. In light of the current COVID situation, this year’s series will be virtual. Live events will take place via Zoom at 4 p.m. on Thursday, starting October 7. Most presentations will also be saved for later viewing.
Eighteen years ago, Driftwood partnered with the late Marcy Taylor to bring mystery writers from the Northwest to the Oregon coast. This first year was such a success that the series continued every October, with a break while the library was closed for renovation in the fall and early winter of 2009, and a much reduced schedule in 2020. during the COVID-19 pandemic. The series has expanded to include writers from other genres, including sci-fi, fantasy, and horror – sometimes all mixed up!
Caitlin Starling will return to open this year’s series on October 7. Starling closed the series in 2019 and recorded a reading for the Driftwood Library last year. This year sees the release of her new novel, “The Death of Jane Lawrence”, just two days before its presentation. Described by Publisher’s Weekly as “Complex Plot [and] deliciously bonkers, ”Starling’s new book is an update to the classic haunted house tale: Newly married Jane visits her husband’s ancestral home following an accident, despite being warned to do not do it. Something is seriously wrong with Lindridge Hall. At night, strange figures lurk in the hallways and Jane sees a beautiful woman with red eyes in the mirrors and windows. Augustine claims she was one of his patients who died two years earlier, but unexpected guests tell a different story: Her name was Elodie Lawrence, and Augustine believes he killed her. Soon Jane is fighting for her sanity and her life, drawn into a world of secret societies, theoretical mathematics, impossible magic, and rituals gone awry. And now that Lindridge Hall’s secrets have met her, they’re not about to let her go.
The series continues on October 14 with the visit of Karen Thompson Walker. A former writer at Simon & Schuster, Walker was born in San Diego, graduated in English and Creative Writing from UCLA, and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon in the Creative Writing Department. She is currently the author of two novels. Her 2012 debut album, “Age of Miracles,” chronicles the fictional phenomenon of “slowing down,” in which an Earth day begins to stretch and takes longer and longer to end. His most recent book is “The Dreamers,” of 2019, a sci-fi novel that details a menacing sleeping virus that is sweeping the fictional town, Santa Lora, in Southern California. The story follows a group of students and families, and explores their experiences with eternal sleep and exaggerated dreams. Walker received the Bomb award for best fiction and received a Sirenland scholarship.
On October 21, the Driftwood Library will welcome comic book authors Matt Fraction and Sue Deconnick. Both have written extensively for the Marvel Comic Book Universe, as well as DC Comics, Image, and Dark Horse, and both have been nominated or won numerous awards, including the Eisner, Inkpot, and the Hugo. They are married with two children and together run the production company Milkfed Criminal Masterminds, Inc., which is home to comic book series such as Bitch Planet, Casanova, Ody-C, Pretty Deadly, and Sex Criminals. Milkfed is currently developing television with Legendary TV.
Gabriel Urza will close the series on October 28. Urza’s family is from the Basque region of Spain and he himself lived there for several years. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Politico, Guernica and elsewhere, and he is the author of two books. “All That Followed” is a psychologically twisted 2015 novel about a politically charged act of violence that resonates in a small Spanish town; a debut novel that the New York Times Book Review called a “triumph.” In 2019, Gabriel published the short story “The White Death: An Illusion”, the story of illusionist Benjamin Vaughan, who dies under mysterious circumstances at the height of his career and whose brief life is told by an anonymous narrator who met Vaughan as a boy. Urza received her law degree from the University of Notre Dame and spent several years as a public defender in Reno, Nevada. He currently teaches fiction in the MFA program at Portland State University.
To participate in the Zoom Live presentations, contact the library at [email protected] or call 541-996-2277 prior to the event. Recorded presentations will be available on the library’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.
All events in the Dark & Stormy Night series are free to the public and made possible through the continued support of the Driftwood Library Foundation. Questions about the series can be directed to Ken Hobson at the Driftwood Public Library: 541-996-1242 or [email protected] The Driftwood Public Library is located at 801 SW Highway 101 in Lincoln City, on the second floor of the Town Hall building.