The Library’s Fall Festival is just four weeks away, and library visitors can now purchase tickets for gift certificate raffles and make offers for hotel stays. The festival is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 1, at the library.

Local merchants and restaurant owners have been incredibly generous, donating gift certificates to restaurants, galleries, clothing stores, grocery stores and more. The draw for six prizes of these gift certificates, worth more than $550 each, will take place at 4 p.m. on the day of the festival. Ticket prices are one ticket for $1, six tickets for $5, and 25 tickets for $20.

The festival also includes a silent auction for stays donated by five upscale hotels: Hallmark Resort & Spa, Land’s End at Cannon Beach, Ocean Lodge, Stephanie Inn and Tolovana Inn.

Raffle tickets will be sold and auctions will be accepted at the library from September 1 until the afternoon of October 1. Winners do not have to be present. Stop by the library, or call 503-436-1391, or email [email protected] for more information.

In addition to offering chances for gift certificates and hotel stays, the library, during the month of September, offers a book club discussion and the first event in the NW Author Speaker Series. of the year 2022-23.

Cannon Beach Reads attendees will meet, via Zoom, beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21, to discuss Edna Ferber’s “So Big.”

“So Big” is the story of Selina De Jong, a widow who, to give her son a chance at a good life, turns her seemingly infertile farm in Illinois into a thriving business through her determination and hard work. exhausting work. “So Big” won the Pulitzer Prize for Novel in 1925 and was made into a movie starring Jane Wyman in 1953.

Edna Ferber was an American novelist, short story writer and playwright. Many of his novels, with their sweeping landscapes and larger-than-life characters, have been adapted into award-winning films and musicals, including “Show Boat,” “Cimarron,” “Giant” and “Ice Palace.” Ferber was in many ways ahead of its time, creating strong female leads and tackling issues of discrimination.

Lauren Wilson will lead the discussion on this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Cannon Beach Reads is open to everyone. If you would like to participate in the discussion on September 21, contact Joe Bernt at [email protected] for the Zoom link.

And speaking of Zoom, the library has maintained the NW Author Speakers Series during the pandemic through Zoom and Facebook Live. While these virtual events may not have the intimacy of in-person discussions, they have reached more people, often watched by hundreds of viewers.

This year, NW Authors Committee members (Pam Crone, Jen Dixon, Nancy McCarthy, Wanda Meyer Price, Doug Sugano, and Phyllis Bernt) hope to combine the benefits of in-person and virtual events in a hybrid approach. The authors’ talks in the library will, at the same time, be broadcast via Facebook Live.

The first hybrid event in the NW Author Speakers Series is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, featuring freelance writer and beekeeper Eileen Garvin.

Hood River resident Garvin writes fiction, personal essays, memoirs, and creative non-fiction. Her first novel, “The Music of Bees,” was enthusiastically reviewed by Good Housekeeping, People, the Washington Post, the Christian Science Monitor and others.

The favorable response to “The Music of Bees” is not surprising; it’s a well-written book with likable and believable characters, a well-constructed plot, and a satisfying ending.

Set in the Hood River region, the novel tells the story of three lost souls who learn to love and trust each other, and in doing so learn who they are and where they belong.

Alice Holtzman is a widow whose ambition is to become a successful beekeeper and owner of an orchard. A socially awkward loner, the grief and bitterness of losing her husband made her even more isolated and prone to panic attacks.

One dark, rainy night, she literally meets 18-year-old paraplegic Jake Stevenson. Jake is angry, sullen, lacking direction and in a wheelchair due to his own negligence.

Alice first hires Jake, then 24-year-old Harry Stokes, to help tend to her hives. Harry, who is homeless, unemployed and recently released from prison, suffers from social anxiety. He has a pathological need to be loved and an inability to make decisions about anything important.

Beekeeping brings these characters together and teaches them and the reader valuable lessons about life. Garvin weaves instruction on beekeeping into the novel, beginning each chapter with a quote from an 1878 treatise on bee care and weaving in facts about bees throughout the novel.

What the characters and the reader learn is that bees are loyal to the hive and to each other; that they each have a clear idea of ​​who they are and their role in ensuring the health of the community; and that, therefore, life in the hive is orderly and, above all, a home.

Garvin has a knack for understanding and exploring her characters’ feelings and motivations, a talent she may have developed as the younger sister of an autistic brother. In his 2010 memoir, “How to Be a Sister,” Garvin examines his relationship with his older sister Margaret, who suffers from an acute form of autism.

In often heartbreaking detail, she describes growing up with Margaret and analyzes Margaret’s impact on their family and on Garvin herself, as she tries to figure out what kind of relationship she and Margaret can expect to develop and what responsibility she bears for her sister, now that they are adults.

Garvin’s talk is free and open to everyone, either in person at the library or on Facebook Live at 2 p.m., Saturday, September 24.

Eileen Garvin is the first of eight writers scheduled for this year’s NW Author Speaker Series. Upcoming authors include fiction writer and editor Callum Angus on October 15, author of intimate mysteries Ellie Alexander on November 12, essayist Liz Prato on January 14, novelist and songwriter Willy Vlautin on February 11, historian Annelise Heinz on March 25, anthropologist David Deur in April and poet Jessica Mehta on May 13.