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Lucky Valley Press author/friend, Sharon Mehdi

When I first met Sharon Mehdi, I thought she was a stand-up comic. She made me laugh until my jeans burst at the seams. Then I discovered all kinds of interesting things about Sharon: labyrinth walker, healer, teacher, writer, public speaker. S…

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Lucky Valley Pres author, Charles Osborne

Charles Osborne’s Boss is just in time for the Pebble Beach Centennial “Without Sam Morse, Pebble Beach would be a West Coast Coney Island.” – Bing Crosby “A newspaper dubbed my grandfather “The Duke of Del Monte” and although h…

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Tibetan Temple #2

From The Once and Future King by TH White: “It is God who keeps the price secret, Uther. Not I.” “God? God? What god? I have heard you speak of so many gods. If you mean Mithras…” Says Merlin, “Mithras. Apollo. Arthur. Christ. Call him what …

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The Whispers of Spring

As we move into March of 2013, my journal takes note of quiet lil’ whispers that suggest Spring is arriving. The first comes with an annual tradition in which Roland, Cody and I indulge. Each March we see the promo on television of the nearby Grange Co…

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TOM HARDY’S FINAL STUDIO SALE

Berkeley's Golden Bear, sculpture by Tom Hardy

A Heights Estate Sale will be bringing to the public the 3 day Studio Sale of artist Tom Hardy. One of the region’s most accomplished artists will be opening the doors of his massive warehouse studio and selling the ENTIRE contents. Hundreds of paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, a massive book collection, furniture, a huge selection of tools and supplies, staging and lighting, oddities as well as the vast collection of art and antiques Tom has acquired throughout his life and career.

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Indie Art: Writer/Musician Dao Strom Opens Her Circle to a New Audience

Dao Strom at Shore Acres State Park, Oregon, by Lincoln Meeker

“We Were Meant to Be a Gentle People” is a musical and literary project that combines an EP with illustrated chapbook to explore the history and culture of Vietnam. After her agent said her manuscript was “too literary” to market, writer and musician Dao Strom took the project to the Oregon Arts Commission and earned a Career Opportunity Grant. Now she seeks a new audience with an internet campaign at Indiegogo.com.

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Banned Books Week – Sept 25-Oct 2, 2010

Banned Books in America

It’s the last week of September. The blush is on the apple tree. Gold and burgundy zinnias announce the change of season. And perennial displays of banned and challenged books bedeck library shelves and bookstore windows across the country.

Banned Books Week 2010

Sponsored by the American Library Association, along with writers and book sellers, Banned Books Week is a celebration of the right to read. According to the ALA, 460 book challenges were reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom from communities across the United States in 2009. Banned Books Week 2010 is September 25 through October 2. You can find more information at the Banned Books website: www.bannedbooksweek.org

Here, four Southern Oregon writers reflect on the psychology of censorship, and on reading and writing in a complex literary culture.

Banned in Boston!

“I remember that when I was a teenager I loved to buy books that

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9/11 Event to Benefit Local Fire & Rescue Departments

On Saturday, September 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blackstone Audio will open its warehouse at 31 Mistletoe Road in Ashland to offer over 50,000 copies of hundreds of new CD and MP3 audio books for just $5 each (cassette audio books will be 2 for $5).

In addition, there will be fun activities for the whole family: Blackstone will open its recording studios for the public to record in and audition as narrators. Other activities will include a dunk tank, narrator appearances, hula hooping, games, readings of children’s stories, a raffle (to win Blackstone gift certificates and prizes from merchants in the region), face painting, massages, balloon sculptures, music by local bands, refreshments, food by Roscoe’s BBQ, and more. Plus, there will be a fire safety van and a fire truck that children can have their picture taken on.

Proceeds from the event will go to Jackson County

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New Art Bookstore at the Southern Oregon Artists Resource!

// We just posted our brand new bookstore, presenting the first few books recommended, written/published by, and featuring the artists of SOAR. So far, most of the books are available through Amazon.com, but there’s one book self-published by one of our beloved local artists at Blurb.com. Just a few titles to start, but we couldn’t wait to get the page up and running, and we’ll expand it as the list grows.

Southern Oregon Artists Resource Books

We’d like to hear from you, too! Have you read a book that’s influenced your own art, you find particularly interesting or helpful, that features you or another Southern Oregon artist, or that’s just plain beautiful? We’d like to help you sell the books you appear in or have written, and those that will help our fellow artists grow in creativity and skill. Please // !

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Major Publishing Awards for Étant donnés Catalogue

Posted at the blog of the Philadelphia Museum of Art: August 2, 2010, 2:45PM Marcel Duchamp: Étant donnés, at the annual conference of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) in Boston on April 23, 2010. This past spring, the catalogue that accompanied the intriguing and acclaimed 2009 exhibition Marcel Duchamp: Étant donnés was honored with two prestigious art publishing prizes; the George Wittenborn Memorial Book Award and the Association of Art Museum Curators 2009 award for Outstanding Catalogue for a Permanent Collection. Both reflect the superb quality of the publication in terms of its vigorous scholarship, fresh presentation, layout, design, and production.

The catalogue, by curator Michael Taylor with members of the Museum’s Conservation staff, contains a wealth of unprecedented exploration; information not simply previously unpublished, but previously unknown. As AAMC Permanent Collection Jury Chair Andrew J. Walker says, it “demonstrates that understanding the genesis, construction, installation and

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