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Hood River County Reads event: Stalking the wild marten: A day on the East Fork trail
May 21, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Join local naturalist Bill Weiler for a hike and nature talk on the East Fork Trail, followed by a lunch at Toll Bridge Park with Weiler and Brian Doyle. Space is limited. Please call 541-386-2535 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
This program is part of the Hood River County Reads, which is a county-wide project sponsored by the Friends of the Library. The goal is to encourage readers of all ages to read and discuss books. The Friends choose the books and authors that reflect the diversity of the community and can be shared with the county’s individuals and families.
The 2016 Hood River County Reads book is Martin, Marten by Brian Doyle. Over 400 free copies have been distributed in the community. Books may be checked out from the library if available.
About the book
Dave is fourteen years old, eager and headlong. He is about to start high school, which is scary and alluring. Martin is a pine marten, a small, muscled hunter of the deep woods. He is about to leave home for the first time, which is scary and thrilling. Both of these wild animals are setting off on adventures on their native Mount Hood in Oregon, and their lives, paths, and trails will cross, weave, and blend. Why not come with them as they set forth into the forest and crags of the mountain and into the bruising wilderness of love, life, family, friends, enemies, wonder, mystery, and good things to eat?
Martin Marten is a braided coming-of-age tale like no other, told in Brian Doyle’s joyous, rollicking style. Two energetic, sinewy, muddled, brilliant, creative animals, one human and one mustelid…come sprint with them through the deep, wet, green glory of Oregon’s soaring mountain wilderness.
About the Author
Brian Doyle (born in New York in 1956) is the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland, in Oregon. He is the author of many books, among them the novels Mink River (set in Oregon), The Plover (in the South Seas), Martin Marten (on Oregon’s Wy’east mountain, foolishly often called Mount Hood), and Chicago (take a guess). Among his other books are the story collection Bin Laden’s Bald Spot, the nonfiction books The Grail and The Wet Engine, and many books of essays and poems. Brian James Patrick Doyle of New Yawk is cheerfully NOT the great Canadian novelist Brian Doyle, nor the astrophysicist Brian Doyle, nor the former Yankee baseball player Brian Doyle, nor even the terrific actor Brian Doyle-Murray. He is, let’s say, the ambling shambling Oregon writer Brian Doyle, and happy to be so.
About the Naturalist – Wildlife biologist Bill Weiler, living on 20 acres near Lyle, works in the Sandy River basin where Martin Marten and all his great animal friends live. Bill established the Hood River-based Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute in 1996. Over the years 20,000 students have participated in the Institute’s environmental education programs.
Thank you to Supporters 2016 Hood River County Reads:
Providence Down Manor
Columbia Gorge Press
Hood River Hotel
Hood River County School District
History Museum of Hood River County
Special Thanks To:
Hood River County Library Foundation
Hood River County Education Foundation
Hood River Cultural Trust
for continuing support of Hood River County Reads literacy project for Hood River County