Friday, March 11, 2011



Ellen Waterston, award-winning author of Where the Crooked River Rises, talks tomorrow at 2 pm about how her book reveals the blessings and challenges of decades spent as a rancher, and how the High Desert is her teacher. She describes its lessons with grace and care, inviting readers to look at their own lives through a lens of wide-open spaces, sagebrush and juniper, pumice and rabbit brush.

She captures the otherness to the High Desert, its momentous, sacredness in the purity of the silence. Her latest book is a compelling collection of personal essays that illuminates the people, places, and landscape of Central Oregon's vast High Desert.

"Ellen Waterston's new book is a slug of juniper air, a breath-taking view of a rough-edged land, as bracing and taut as October mornings—part celebration, part elegy, all love and the wisdom that grows from deep roots in basalt rock. Like Wallace Stegner and Ivan Doig, Waterston writes masterfully about what it means—what it really means—to live in the West.”
—Kathleen Dean Moore, author of Wild Comfort

Waterston is the author of two collections of poetry, Between Desert Seasons and I Am Madagascar, both of which won the WILLA Award for Poetry in 2009 and 2005 respectively. Her memoir Then There Was No Mountain was selected by The Oregonian as one of the top ten books in 2003 and was a finalist for Foreword Book-of-the-Year. She is founder and president of the Writing Ranch and founder and director of The Nature of Words. Waterston ranched in Oregon’s High Desert before moving to Bend, Oregon.

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