Native Oregonian John Larison will be speaking about his new book, “Whiskey When We're Dry,” at the Newport Performing Arts Center on Thursday, April 11, at 7 p.m.
Larison’s book is this year’s selection for the annual Newport Reads community reading program.
“Whiskey When We're Dry” is set in the West during the 1880s and is the coming-of-age story of Jessilyn Harney, a young orphan who strikes off on her own, disguised as a boy, to find her outlaw older brother. As she struggles to maintain both her male identity and her moral compass, Jesse experiences casual violence, physical hardship, unlikely friendships and love.
Larison's program will include a mix of reading, authorship craft talk and storytelling. He will also answer questions from the audience, and there will be an author signing immediately following the program, Copies of his book will be available for purchase.
The program is sponsored by the Newport Library Foundation and is free to all. The Newport Performing Arts Center is located at 777 W Olive St.