Tickets to annual event make a great holiday gift for book lovers

Chris Wright. File photo
Chris Wright.

By Chris Wright

It’s only one month or so until Christmas and only five months until Orange County Public Libraries’ annual literary festival, Literary Orange. Tickets to this event would make a perfect holiday gift for the book lovers in your life.

Our eighth event is set for Saturday, April 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Irvine Marriott. In January 2015, you should be able to register online at or pick up a registration form at the library. Log on to the website and enter your email address to receive automatic updates and a reminder when registration opens.

The day’s schedule includes a number of presentations dedicated to a variety of fiction and non-fiction topics covering the business of writing, raising children as readers, mysteries, food writing, memoirs and much more.

In this week’s column, I would like to highlight the “memoirs” portion of the event.

The memoir panel, “Live, Explore, Be” is scheduled to begin at 11:20 a.m. and will showcase four authors, all of whom will have published within the past year or upcoming year.

Alex Tizon, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who teaches at the University of Oregon, is the sole male author of the group. His memoir, Big Little Man, explores cultural stereotypes of race and gender, especially in regard to Asian Americans.

Two authors with books not out yet but which will be released before Literary Orange, are Lily Brooks-Dalton and Leigh Ann Henion. Both women are seasoned world travelers who currently reside on the East Coast. Lily lives in Vermont and her book, Motorcycles I’ve Loved is due out on April 7, 2015. It’s a memoir and an epic road trip account about literally finding your path on the road. Leigh Ann Henion is a writer and photographer residing in western North Carolina. Her new book, Phenomenal: A Hesitant Adventurer’s Search for Wonder in the Natural World, is to be released on March 24, 2015 by Penguin Press. It’s a book about motherhood, spirituality and the beauty of the natural world. I’m wondering if both of these books will be the next Eat, Pray, Love (Elizabeth Gilbert) or Wild (Cheryl Strayed).

The fourth author, Theresa Rhyne, has two books out, the most recent one released in October is titled, The Dogs Were Rescued (And So Was I). Little did the author know that when her dog was diagnosed with cancer she would be rescued too.

It sounds like a very interesting panel: road trips on a bike, exploring the world’s natural wonders, animals linking us to the natural world and our mortality, and the diversity that is America today. I hope you can make it, gift tickets to a fellow bibliophile, or better yet, stop by the library to check out one or more of these books to read in the months leading up to Literary Orange.

For more information about upcoming events at the Dana Point Public Library as well as across the Orange County Public Libraries system, visit the website at The site also provides access to online databases, digital copies of popular magazines, pdf copies of historical sheet music, ebooks, audiobooks, jobseeker resources and more.

Chris Wright is not sure if he lives to read or if he reads to live. He has been a public librarian with the OC Public Libraries since 2006.

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