Beyond the Ripples – Dede Montgomery

Join us for a reading from the latest by local author Dede Montgomery: Beyond the Ripples, a multigenerational mystery set in the Pacific Northwest.

Months after spying a bottle wedged into a fallen cottonwood snag in the Columbia River, Ernest pulls it from the river. The bottle’s note connects Ernest, an old man living in a tiny Oregon town, to teenage Annie, and provokes a mysterious and sudden friendship between Ernest’s daughter Amelia with Sarah, the daughter of the most recent resident of the home Annie once occupied. The two middle-aged women are keen to learn more about Annie and her secret, and in the process, they’re forced to confront unfinished business with their mothers, intimate relationships, and regrets over life choices.

Dede Montgomery is a West Linn resident and a 6th generation Oregonian who presented My Music Man as a 2019 Oregon Capitol Foundation Speaker on Oregon’s 2019 birthday. She also blogs in “Musings on Life in Oregon.” Dede works at OHSU in workplace safety, health and well-being education and outreach. Learn more about her writing at her website.

The Widmer Way – Jeff Alworth

Portland, Oregon, didn’t always have a wildly successful craft brew scene. Someone had to be daring enough to innovate, and the Widmer brothers were just the men for the job.

Written by Portland beer guru Jeff Alworth (The Beer Bible, Beer Tasting Tool Kit), The Widmer Way: How Two Brothers Led Portland’s Craft Beer Revolution chronicles Kurt and Rob Widmer’s journey from humble homebrewers to craft beer pioneers and purveyors of the iconic Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen. Alworth also dives deep into Portland’s history, setting the scene for Widmer’s rise in the city now known for its exquisite beer.

Drawing from hours of interviews with Kurt and Rob, close family and friends, and big names in the beer industry, The Widmer Way offers an exclusive look into the Widmer brothers’ lives and their enormous impact on craft brewing in Portland and beyond. Alworth explores the Widmer family’s beer history, the brothers’ German influence, the brewery’s distribution deal with Anheuser-Busch, and the formation of the Craft Brew Alliance, one of the largest craft brewing companies in the United States.

Kurt and Rob Widmer have a deep affection for the city that fostered their success, providing sports team sponsorships, support for up-and-coming brewers, and hundreds of jobs for their community. The Widmer Way emphasizes this special relationship with a story that will resonate with Portland’s legion of beer aficionados as it illustrates how Portland became “Beervana.”

Jeff Alworth is a beer writer living in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of The Beer Bible, Cider Made Simple, Beer Tasting Tool Kit, and The Secrets of Master Brewers. His books have been honored by the North American Guild of Beer and the International Association of Culinary Professionals. His articles have appeared in several publications, including DRAFT Magazine and All About Beer. Jeff’s passion for and knowledge of beer has yielded opportunities to teach classes at the Portland Cider Company and the Multnomah Athletic Club. He also cohosts the Beervana podcast and writes about beer on his Beervana blog.

Naked – Nastashia Minto

In this poetic memoir, Nastashia Minto strips herself of who she used to be and gives readers permission to see her naked. Exploring topics of family, faith, race, sexuality, abuse, love, and identity, Minto’s words dig up rootbound emotions in need of better soil. This collection welcomes difficult conversations and allows space for unboxing uncertainties. By making herself transparent on the page, Minto inspires readers to become naked too.
 
Nastashia Minto is an African American woman who was born in South Georgia and raised there by her grandparents. She grew up in poverty and around drugs, alcohol, and family violence. Her life experiences led her to obtain an associate’s degree in occupational therapy and a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She has been writing since she was nine years old and has found that her writing offers her another way to help people. Currently residing in Portland, Oregon, she has been a featured reader at many popular local reading series, including Unchaste Readers, Grief Rites, and Incite. Her writing has been published in SUSAN and in the Unchaste Anthology, volume III. Naked is her first book.