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Regional short story anthology debuts Tuesday

Lake Oswego author contributes to the collection


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Scott Sparling of Lake Oswego will read his short story at a launch event for The Night, and the Rain, and the River to be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Powells City of Books.

“The Night, and the Rain, and the River,” a collection of 22 short stories by Oregon authors will be celebrated at a launch reading at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside in Portland.

Among those presenting readings will be Lake Oswego author Scott Sparling as well as Margaret Malone, Joanna Rose and Sage Cohen. “The Night, and the Rain, and the River” is edited by Liz Prato of Portland and funded in part by a 2014 Oregon Literary Fellowship. The anthology features letterpress art by Clare Carpenter of Tiger Food Press.

“Like the varied and verdant landscape of the Pacific Northwest, the stories in “The Night, and the Rain, and the River” will make you gasp and grow your heart,” Natalie Serber, author of the linked story collection “Shout Her Lovely Name,” said.

“Sweet cheating boyfriends, hopeful drunk drivers, angry little sisters, inept sincere fathers, even a lonely goose, all are portrayed with exuberant complexity in their quests for love. These stories offer up bright light in our often overcast skies.”

Lidia Yuknavitch, author of “Dora: A Headcase,” said, “I love this book like I love the ocean. ‘”The Night, and the Rain, and the River”’ gets under your skin and travels your body from the first page. Each story brings you to the edge of your own heart, or life, or death, or gut-grabbing laughter, and as the stories accumulate, you slowly realize you’ve been allowed into the world. These writers will mark you for life; remember their names. We are nothing without each other.”

The release of “The Night, and the Rain, and the River” was chosen for May to coincide with National Short Story Month.

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