Dede Montgomery returns to Mississippi Ave (many years ago she used to work at the corner of Skidmore and Miss Ave, just a block and a half north of us) to talk about her memoir My Music Man. My Music Man illustrates the power of storytelling through narratives of seven generations of family living near Oregon’s Willamette River. As she moves through grief to accept the death of her father, stories shed light on change, acceptance, and forgiveness among people and the land around them. Historical family characters include early Oregon Territory residents Chloe Clarke & William Willson, book seller J.K. Gill and his steamboat engineer brother Sam Gill, and author Richard G. Montgomery, Sr. The book settings include Nisqually, Willamette Falls, Wilsonville, West Linn, Salem, Champoeg, Portland, LaGrande, and the Long Beach Peninsula. During her reading, Dede will share images from the book that reflect her memoir’s narrative.