Event: Books, Women and Wine


Books, Women and Wine – open to current Bellas only

When: Thursday, November 9th at 5:30 PM

Where: Level 2 Global Food and Lounge, 360 SW Powerhouse Dr. #210 Bend (map)

Details:There is nothing better than curling up with a good book. Plan to join us on Thursday, November 9th, at 5:30 PM at Level 2 Global Food and Lounge, where we will meet, eat, drink and discuss this months selection, Memory Wall by Anthony Doerr.

“When people say they don’t read short stories because a story lacks the depth and complexity of a novel, they should be handed this book. The title story alone is richer than many novels and is one of the best pieces of fiction I’ve ever read. The rest of the collection is outstanding as well, with settings as varied as Africa, China, and the American West and characters of all nationalities. Doerr expertly reminds readers of the the power and beauty of memory and storytelling.”
Cody Morrison, Square Books, Oxford, MS

Set on four continents, Anthony Doerr’s new stories are about memory, the source of meaning and coherence in our lives, the fragile thread that connects us to ourselves and to others. Every hour, says Doerr, all over the globe, an infinite number of memories disappear. Yet at the same time children, surveying territory that is entirely new to them, push back the darkness, form fresh memories, and remake the world.

In the luminous and beautiful title story, a young boy in South Africa comes to possess an old woman’s secret, a piece of the past with the power to redeem a life. In “The River Nemunas,” a teenage orphan moves from Kansas to Lithuania to live with her grandfather, and discovers a world in which myth becomes real. “Village 113,” winner of an O’Henry Prize, is about the building of the Three Gorges Dam and the seed keeper who guards the history of a village soon to be submerged. And in “Afterworld,” the radiant, cathartic final story, a woman who escaped the Holocaust is haunted by visions of her childhood friends in Germany, yet finds solace in the tender ministrations of her grandson.

Every story in Memory Wall is a reminder of the grandeur of life–of the mysterious beauty of seeds, of fossils, of sturgeon, of clouds, of radios, of leaves, of the breathtaking fortune of living in this universe. Doerr’s language, his witness, his imagination, and his humanity are unparalleled in fiction today.

This book is available from the Deschutes Public Library System in hard copy and ebook.

For more information: please contact Nancy Whitlatch at (925) 383-3481 or