Authors to discuss work tonight at Center
Four area authors will discuss “Unusual Places & Stories About People Who Inhabit Them” during a group reading on Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. the Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts and History.
Phil Chilson, Debbie Lee, and Andrea Clark Mason, all professors at Washington State University, and Jill Widner, a professor at Yakima Valley Community College will discuss their works during the event, which is free and open to the public. A question and answer period will follow.
The event is being held in conjunction with the work of world traveler Craig Whitcomb, whose artwork is on display in the Main Gallery at the Center. Whitcomb’s showing is called “Room with a View” and features an exhibition of watercolors of China, Japan, Vietnam, and Korea as well as prints and objects from Whitcomb’s personal collection. That display opens Jan. 16 and runs through Jan. 31.
Chilson will read from his nonfiction book in progress “We Never Knew Exactly Where: Travels Through an African Borderland.” The book explores how Africa is changing as colonial borders fall. He has published two previous books about Africa, and currently teaches writing and literature at WSU.
Lee will read from her current nonfiction book project, “Wild Lives: A History of the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness.” The book draws on research and personal stories from a variety of people who have helped shape this wilderness. Lee teaches English at WSU
Mason will read from her nonfiction manuscript titled “Continental Divide,” a memoir that details the experience traveling the globe and, finally, making a home in the American West. Mason teaches writing and literature.
Widner will read from her novel in progress, “The Smell of Sulphur,” which fictionalizes her experience as the daughter of a petroleum engineer, growing up in Sumatra, Indonesia during the years before and following the Sukarno coup. Widner teaches English at YVCC.
The gallery at the Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are graciously accepted.
For more information please visit the Center’s Web site at www.lcsc.edu/museum or call (208) 792-2243.
Creation of Widner’s work was made possible in part by an Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship