Public invited to Zane Grey Convention in Newport

The Zane Grey’s West Society will hold its annual convention in Newport, and members of the public are invited to the opening session on Monday morning, June 17. Pictured is Zane Grey during one of his Oregon fishing trips. (Courtesy photo)

From Sunday, June 16, through Wednesday, June 19, members of Zane Grey’s West Society will be holding their annual convention in Newport, and members of the community are invited to the organization’s opening session at no cost.

This opening session will be on Monday, June 17, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Best Western Plus Agate Beach Inn, located at 3019 N Coast Highway in Newport.

Zane Grey was the world’s most published author during the first 50 years of the 20th century. He is best known for his many western romance novels such as “Riders of the Purple Sage” and “Rogue River Feud.” Grey was also one of the world’s greatest fisherman, publishing best selling stories and travelogues about his angling adventures around the world. Late in his life, the author regularly travelled to Oregon with family and friends to fish the Umpqua and Rogue Rivers and other fishing waters in the state.

Attendees will have an opportunity to purchase the society’s latest publication, “Tales of Oregon Fishes,” a collection of writings about Zane Grey’s Oregon adventures. The Monday morning session to which the public is invited will feature presentations including a keynote address by Grey researcher Alan Pratt (“The World Is Too Much With Us: Zane Grey, Romantic”), as well as Dr. Richard Scheuerman, director of the Franklin County (Wash.) Historical Society (“Zane Grey’s Desert of Wheat”) and Harvey Leake (“The Quest for the Real Nasja Begay; Zane Grey’s Paiute Guide to Rainbow Bridge”).

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