We have just completed a spectacular community read of A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean. Please check back here soon for details on the 2014 program.
Click here for an audio excerpt from the kick-off event with Dr. James R. Hepworth.
Schedule of Events:
All events take place at 7:00 PM unless otherwise noted. Locations vary and will be announced later on this website.
January 17, 2013 (Thurs)- Kickoff: Wallowa County Reads Kickoff with a live interview of Jim Hepworth, editor of the collection, Norman Maclean, from the American Authors series and expert on the Maclean family history. We will also present the full schedule, have signups for events with limited space, and the Bookloft will be there with copies of A River Runs Through It and Heart of a Shepherd for sale. (Hurricane Creek Grange)
January 22 (Tues)-Norman Maclean and the Literature of Angling: Join us for this lecture by editor and fisherman, Henry Hughes, on the role of fishing in literature with an emphasis on angling on A River Runs Through It and the modern genre that Norman Maclean in-part inspired, Hughes is the editor of two anthologies, one of fishing poems and one of fishing stories, and author of multiple books of poetry. He teaches at Western Oregon University. (Fishtrap House)
January 24 (Thurs)- Gambling and A River Runs Through It: This presentation by staff from the Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness will discuss the role of gambling in A River Runs Through It as well as other addiction issues by. Norman’s brother Paul, confronts significant gambling and alcohol issues throughout the book, something that we will discuss during this evening. The presentation will be followed bya poker night with a local community group. (Location TBA)
January 25 (Fri)- Fish Like Norm and Paul: Local anglers will lead a community fishing day on the Imnaha followed by a book discussion and lunch at the Imnaha Tavern. If you’re hesitant about fishing for steelhead, this is your opportunity to get on the river with experienced instructors. If you prefer warm food and good conversation, join us at noon at the Imnaha Tavern. There will also be fishing clinics available to schools all week. (Imnaha River/ Tavern)
January 28 (Mon)- The Ranger, The Cook and a Hole in the Sky: Screening of the film-adaptation of one of Norman Maclean’s most famous stories. This is a family movie, set in the year 1919 chronicling a young man’s summer in the US Forest Service. Sam Elliott plays a great role, and a young Jerry O’Connell is entertaining as he meets the tests, while learning the importance of honor, trust, and integrity. Multiple venues throughout the county (Joseph, Enterprise, Wallowa)
January 30 (Wed)- Parallels between Heart of a Shepherd and A River Runs Through It: Rosanne Parry, author of Heart of a Shepherd, will give an evening presentation about our companion book for grades 4-8. (Presbyterian Church in Lostine, preceded by tacos at the Lostine Tavern)
February 5 (Tues)- The Legacy of Norman Maclean: John Maclean will give an intimate evening presentation on his father and the legacy of A River Runs Through It. Limited seats available by lottery at the kick-off. (Fishtrap House)
February 7 (Thurs)- From the Book to the Screen (Film Screening): Mike Allen, a retired professor of sociology and film, will give a short presentation on A River Runs Through It and how the book was turned into a film. We will show A River Runs Through It following the presentation. (Josephy Center in Joseph)
February 10 (Sun)- Finale: Battle of the Books: Join us for this evening of good food and A River Runs Through It – themed quiz-show questions. Start planning your team now- for HS students and adults with potluck dinner at Enterprise School District Multi-Purpose Room.