Thursday, April 15, 2010

Robin Cody's Launch Party

This past Monday night (April 12), we were honored to co-host a publication party with Oregon State University Press for Robin Cody's new collection of essays, Another Way the River Has: Taut True Tales from the Northwest.  What a night!  More than 150 people attended to hoist a glass to one of Oregon's most accomplished and beloved writers.  Robin has worn many hats in his life, and the essays in this book go back as far as 1982.  Many cover Robin's life on the various rivers he loves (Clackamas, Willamette, Columbia), some are about his work as a basketball ref and a baseball umpire, and some deal with his career as a school bus driver.  Also included are pieces on other truly Oregon topics: Ken Kesey, Pendleton Roundup cowboys, gyppo loggers, and more. Whether Robin is writing about life on the water, the excitement of high school sports, or the incredible kids on his "special ed" bus, he is telling us the truth about what it means to have your ear to the ground and your heart in the world around you.  We hope you enjoy this little video we made of the party.

This video is longer than our usual clips because there were so many wonderful moments to capture that night. Yet even at this length we had to edit out too many of Robin's wonderful sentences and yes even paragraphs, so we're going to post a second video of greater length for all of you eager for more Robin -- and really, who isn't? You'll find it on our Youtube channel. If you're new to Robin's writing (is that possible?), after you read Another Way the River Has, check out Voyage of a Summer Sun, about canoeing the Columbia River, and his novel, Ricochet River.

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