February’s WordFest meeting features two new novels set in the Pacific Northwest and that explore different moments in history.
The meeting takes place at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Cassava Coffeehouse, 1333 Broadway in Longview.
Julia Stoops’ “Parts Per Million” is a tale of civic activism, loss and transformation during the buildup to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq. Three Portland media activists are working to save the world — one radio show at a time — when an Irish photographer with an expired visa and a messy past, disrupts their lives.
As the scrappy crew takes to the streets, reporting on anti-war protests and the explosive political climate, they uncover the biggest scoop of their careers, involving corrupt war technology research at a prominent Oregon university.
Stoops was born in Samoa and grew up in Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Washington, D.C. She has lived in Portland since 1994.
Also Tuesday, WordFest regular Lilly Robbins Brock will read from “Intrepid Journey: An Untamed Frontier,” the first book in Brock’s Intrepid Journey series set in the 1850s of the Pacific Northwest.
When an opportunity opens up to travel to the dangerous but promising Northwest frontier, Thomas Bennett and his reluctant wife, Jane, prepare for their respective journeys. Thomas and his brothers will pave the way on a paddle wheel steamship traveling around South America, while Jane and the children follow 12 months later on the shorter Nicaragua route. But nothing has prepared them for the long separation and their life-changing adventures. They must rely on each other for the courage demanded by their journeys and arrival in a largely lawless, unforgiving land.
Brock’s previous books were nonfiction, “Wooden Boats and Iron Men,” about the navymen who served on PT boats in World War II, and “Victory on the Home Front.”
The events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Alan Rose at www. Alan-rose.com.