Tuesday, September 23, 2008

10/18 Gretchen Olson at Hillsboro Main Library

author Gretchen Olson
Award-winning Oregon author Gretchen Olson to visit the Hillsboro Main Library.

Gretchen Olson will discuss her new novel "Call Me Hope" on Saturday, October 18, at 11:30 a.m. at the Hillsboro Main Library, 2850 NE Brookwood Parkway. This event is free and open to the public.

Gretchen will also share the work she has done with the national organization Hands & Words Are Not for Hurting, for which she received the University of Oregon's Community Award.

Prior to her public appearance, the author will join the library's Mother Daughter Book Club for a 10:00 a.m. discussion of "Call Me Hope." This is the story of Hope Marie Elliot, a resilient 11-year-old girl struggling to live under the pressures of her verbally abusive mother. Instead of running away, Hope creates survival strategies for herself. Hope is a winsome character whose bravery and determination resonates with middle-grade readers.

Gretchen is also the author of the young adult novel, "Joyride" and she lives with her husband on their blueberry farm in Oregon. She herself, just finished reading "The Mother-Daughter Book Club" by Heather Vogel Fredrick and loves the idea of visiting such a group.

The Mother Daughter Book Club at the Hillsboro Main Library is for girls in grades 3 through 5 and their mother or another special woman in their life. Discussions last about an hour and light refreshments are provided. No registration is required. For more information about the Mother Daughter Book Club, email Hillary at hillaryg at ci.hillsboro.or.us, call 503-615-6500 or visit the library.

Parents may want to be aware that there is one occurrence of questionable language in the book. If you would like to discuss the appropriateness of this book for your youngster, please feel free to call Hillary Garrett, Reference Librarian at 503-615-2482.