Author Talks at the Ashland Library

Jackson County, Oregon (June 10, 2019) – The Ashland Library will host a series of author talks throughout the month of July at the Ashland Library, 410 Siskiyou Boulevard.
Beat the Heat! Best Hikes in the Redwoods and Along the Coast with John Soares
Monday, July 1 from 6:30–8:00 p.m.
Ashland-based outdoor writer John Soares, author of Hike the Parks: Redwood National & State Parks, will share pictures and details of the best trails in the Redwoods and along the Coast, from Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park near Crescent City south to Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. John will also present a few of the best nearby mountain hiking destinations based on his two recent books Day Hiking: Mount Shasta, Lassen & Trinity Alps Regions and 100 Classic Hikes: Northern California, fourth edition.  More information about John and his books are at on his blog:  See image to right.
Dr. Edwin Battistella
Insulting the President: From Washington to Trump
Sunday, July 14 from 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Author Edwin Battistella discusses his forthcoming book Dangerous Crooked Scoundrels: Insulting the President from Washington to Trump (Oxford University Press, 2020). Battistella traces the ways in which Presidents have been insulted over the centuries since the founding of the republic, selecting from over 500 examples he has collected. Battistella suggests that less has changed that you might think, as far as insults go. He also looks at the language of the insult itself and the categories of invective and figures of speech that resonate politically. He will also discuss how various chief executives have responded to attacks.
Edwin L. Battistella teaches linguistics and writing at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon.  He is the author of six books including Sorry About That: the Language of Public Apology. Battistella contributes a monthly blog to Oxford University Press, called Between the Lines with Edwin Battistella. He also moderates the Literary Ashland blog and twitter feed.
Gaea Yudron
Sailing Toward Eighty: Poems, Songs, and Stories
Sunday, July 21 from 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Local author Gaea Yudron has lived in Ashland since 1978 and now she is 78! Here she shares poems, songs, and stories about nature, spirit, love, and aging, from her published and unpublished works.

The Oasis This Time by Rebecca Lawton
Sunday, August 4 from 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Water, the most critical fluid on the planet, is seen as savior, benefactor, and Holy Grail across the American West. Fluvial geologist and former Colorado River guide Rebecca Lawton follows species both human and wild to their watery roots—in warming deserts, near rising Pacific tides, on endangered, tapped-out rivers, and in growing urban ecosystems. A lifelong immersion in all things water forms Lawton's deep thinking about living with this critical compound. The Oasis This Time, the inaugural Waterston Desert Writing Prize winner, is a call for us to evolve toward a sustainable and even spiritual connection to water.
Rebecca Lawton is a Western author, fluvial geologist, and former Colorado River guide. Her books about water and river subcultures include Reading Water: Lessons from the River and The Oasis This Time: Living and Dying with Water in the West. Her creative writing honors include a 2014 and 2015 Fulbright Scholarship, the 2006 (inaugural) Ellen Meloy Fund Award for Desert Writers, the 2015 (inaugural) Waterston Desert Writing Prize, a 2014 WILLA award for original softcover fiction, Pushcart Prize nominations in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and residencies at Hedgebrook Retreat for Women Writers, The Island Institute, and PLAYA. She lives at the Cascade Mountain-Great Basin interface in Summer Lake, Oregon, where she directs PLAYA’s residency program for artists, writers, and scientists.
For more information about these author talks, please contact the Ashland Library at 541-774-6996 or visit
About Jackson County Library Services:
The mission of the Jackson County Library District is to connect everyone to information, ideas and each other. With 15 branches throughout the county, community meeting rooms, programs, outreach to homebound residents and to childcare centers, computer classes, free internet access, 24-hour online resources, and a staff of experts, library services touch nearly every Jackson County resident. For more information about library services and locations, visit

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