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Oregon Writers Exhibition

For immediate release:

"Oregon Writers and Their Books:  Highlights From The Brian Booth

Opening July 26, 2001 in the Collins Gallery, the exhibition "Oregon
Writers and Their Books: Highlights From The Brian Booth Collection," will
feature selections from the personal collection of books, literary
magazines, photographs and related material of Brian Booth, a Portland
lawyer and founder of Oregon Institute of Literary Arts and the Oregon
Book Awards.

Oregon has a rich and diverse literary history, and this exhibition
mirrors and celebrates that history, beginning with the first novel
published in Oregon, Abigail J. Duniway's, _Captain Gray's Company_
(1859). The exhibition covers 19th and 20th century works up to 1975, by
both well-known and now obscure writers.  Authors represented in the
exhibition include: Frederic Balch, Mary Barnard, Don Berry, Vivian
Bretherton, Suzanne Blanc, Raymond Carver, George Estes, Glenn Coffield,
Belle Cooke, Mary Carolyn Davies, H.L. Davis, Eva Emery Dye, Sara Bard
Field, Hazel Hall, Alan Hart, Ernest Haycox, Helen Hedrick, Nard Jones,
Ken Kesey, Ursula Le Guin, Bernard Malamud, Edison Marshall, Joaquin
Miller, John Reed, Nancy Wilson Ross, Gary Snyder, Sam Simpson, William
Stafford, Kay Cleaver Strahan, Frances Fuller Victor, Lew Welch, Philip
Whalen, Opal Whiteley and C.E.S. Wood.

The Booth Collection also contains splendid examples of fine printing and
bindings, the most elaborate by Reed College alumnus Loyd Haberly, an
author who was also the director at one of the greatest private presses in
Great Britain, the Gregynog Press in Wales.  Oregon presses are also
represented, including the important Untide Press in Waldport, one of the
few experimental presses to operate during World War II, co-founded by
conscientious objector and poet William Everson.

The Collins Gallery in on the 3rd floor, Central Library, Multnomah County
Library, 801 SW 10th Ave., Portland, OR 97209.  It is open Monday-Thursday
9 am - 9 pm; Friday and Saturday 9 am - 6 pm; Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm.

The exhibition closes on August 30, 2001.

For information contact:

Jim Carmin, John Wilson Room Librarian (phone) 503-988-6287; (email)


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 Jim Carmin                               Multnomah County Library
 John Wilson Room Librarian               801 SW Tenth Avenue
 Central Library                          Portland, OR 97205-2597
 jimc@multcolib.org                       503-988-6287

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