The new book festival marks a surge of interest in the city’s Black literary community. Spelled f-r-e-a-d-o-m, it aims to highlight the connection between literacy and the Juneteenth holiday, which marks the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States.
This year’s event was headlined by West Linn-based author Omar El Akkad, whose novel “What Strange Paradise” won the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction. Playwright and screenwriter Cynthia Whitcomb was also recognized with a Literary Legacy Award in recognition of her long-term support of Oregon’s literary community.
“The Great Big One” follows a group of teens on the Oregon Coast as they prep for a natural disaster and fall in love with music along the way. A companion mixtape brings the story to a cassette tape deck near you.
Grammy-nominated conductor and composer Julian Wachner's scheduled performance with the Oregon Bach Festival this summer is now in doubt after the conductor was accused of sexual assault by a former employee of the performing arts conservatory Juilliard School, according to a report from The New York Times. Wachner also is a finalist to become artistic director of the festival.