Grace Elting Castle, author and former resident of the Logsden-Siletz area, will be the guest speaker at the Logsden Community Club’s gathering on Saturday, Jan. 11. Her talk will be preceded by a 6:30 p.m. potluck at the group’s community building at the site of the old Logsden School across the bridge from the Logsden Country Store, eight miles east of the City of Siletz.
A 1961 graduate of Siletz High School, Grace’s career as a writer and professional investigator has taken her to all but eight of the United States. She will discuss how those travels and investigations affected the development of her book.
“A Time to Wail, An Indian Country Novel” set in the 1970s when the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians struggled to regain their status as an Indian tribe. The story includes many of the issues faced through the decades by the Siletz and other Native tribes: murder, racism and graverobbing. This was Grace’s first work of fiction after decades of writing nonfiction newspaper and magazine articles. She is currently writing the sequel in response to requests from readers.
“I haven’t had a Logsden address since 1966. I only moved a short distance to Siletz where we lived and raised our girls until an investigation position called me to Chicago in 1996,” she recalls. “When I returned to Oregon nearly seven years later after an opportunity to help wrongfully convicted people, mostly in Illinois, I settled in Eugene near the homes of my two daughters and their families.”
Though she has participated in numerous bookselling events since the December 2018 book launch at the Tribe’s community center in Siletz, this will be her first “book talk.” Logsden was chosen specifically because of the outstanding response from the Logsden community with purchases of the book at the Logsden Country Store.
The public is welcome. Those wishing to participate in the potluck dinner should bring a dish to share. No RSVP is required.