Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton beat out 21 other books to become this year’s Lake Oswego Reads selection.
The story follows the narrative of a 78 year old Arctic scientist and a mission specialist on a return flight from Jupiter as they lose communication with the outside world and face the possibility that a catastrophe may have occurred leaving them alone. It’s ripe with all the ingredients that make for a successful LO Reads: thought-provoking themes, interesting environments, and differing worldviews.
To help us all get the most out of Brooks-Dalton’s story, Lake Oswego Reads has organized a month’s worth of events that touch on glaciers, polar bears, isolation and emergency preparedness. For a complete lineup, check out the library’s website. Here are a few highlights.
Kickoff and Book Giveaway. Bring your library card and receive a free copy of this year’s book, courtesy of Friends of the Lake Oswego Library. To help you get in the mood, book-related food will be served such as trail mix, chai tea and caribou jerky. Each book will contain a passport, which when stamped at least three LO Reads events, makes you eligible for a drawing for prizes on February 28. Monday, January 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 Fourth Street.
Ticket Giveaway to hear Lily Brooks-Dalton on Tuesday, February 13 at Lake Oswego High School. Show up with your library card and receive two admission tickets free of charge. Get there early as a line forms. Saturday, January 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Glaciers: What are they? Where are they? Where are they going? Get your questions answered by Glacier expert Dr. Andrew Fountain from Portland State University. Thursday, February 1 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at City Hall Council Chambers, 380 A Avenue.
Lake Oswego Reads Art Show Reception and Meet the Artists. Come see how local artists such as Jan Rimerman, Lisa Wiser and Mary Burgess interpret some of the book’s themes. Monday, February 5 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 State Street.
Oregon’s Backwoods Utopias: Alternative Living Communities 1856-2017. Explore Oregonians’ experiences with communitarian living which includes New Odessa (a Zionist community of the 1880s) and Rajneeshpuram. Presentation by Dr. Stephen Dow Beckham. Wednesday, February 7 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Oswego Heritage House, 398 10th Street.
Maker Space-Arctic Crawlers. See what you can make with a toothbrush, motor, battery and your own creativity to tackle a variety of polar challenges. Saturday, February 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 Fourth Street.
12 Years and Counting: The History of Lake Oswego Reads. Learn everything you wanted to know about Lake Oswego Reads and didn’t know who to ask from organizer Cyndie Glazer. Saturday, February 10 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Oswego Heritage House, 398 10th Street.
Thin Ice: A Polar Bear’s Plight Movie Screening. Come see the documentary of Nora the polar bear whose story was chronicled by The Oregonian and Oregon Live this past year. Sunday, February 11 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at Lewis and Clark College Council Chambers Templeton Center, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Road.
Life and Research in Extreme Environments. Polar biologist Dr. Brad Buckley from Portland State University will present a slide and video show depicting what it’s like to work in the field in extreme conditions. Monday, February 12 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 Fourth Street.
Lily Brooks-Dalton Author Presentation and Book Signing. Hear the author talk about some of the themes and the book writing process. Event is free and those with tickets (from the free giveaway) will be seated first. At 6:45 p.m., people without tickets will have a chance to take a seat. Tuesday, February 13 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Lake Oswego High School Auditorium, 2501 Country Club Road.
Isolation and Separation Anxiety. Dr. John Schneider, a Portland psychologist, will discuss the importance of human connection and the effects of isolation of our psyche. Friday, February 23 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 Fourth Street.
What Would You Do During and After a Catastrophe? Lake Oswego Fire Chief Larry Goff will talk about what to do before, during, and after a disaster. Saturday, February 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Lake Oswego Fire Station, 300 B Avenue.
Finale and Passport Drawing. Mental health is a theme that runs through the book, and depression sufferer/comedian David Granirer does his best to destigmatize mental illness with his Stand Up for Mental Health Comedy Show. Stick around afterwards for a drawing–if you have a passport with at least three stamps from different Lake Oswego Reads events, you’re eligible to win prizes. Wednesday, February 28 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center, 505 G Avenue.
For further information on Lake Oswego Reads, call Cyndie Glazer at 503.675.2538.