MHCC Welcomes Noted Author Willy Vlautin April 24
Posted: April 21, 2014
The Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) Creative Writer Speaker Series is pleased to announce the next presenter, Willy Vlautin, April 24, noon – 1 p.m. in the Visual Arts Theatre.
As an author and the lead singer and songwriter of local band Richmond Fontaine, Vlautin has released nine studio albums since the late 90s and has written four novels: The Motel Life, Northline, Lean on Pete, and The Free, released in February 2014.
Vlautin's first book, The Motel Life was an editor's choice in the New York Times Book Review and named one of the top 25 books of the year by the Washington Post. Polsky Films released the film version of The Motel Life, starring Emile Hirsch, Stephen Dorff, Dakota Fanning and Kris Kristofferson, in November 2013. The film was praised by critics across the U.S. and won three prizes at the Rome International Film Festival: Audience Choice, Best Screenplay and Editing.
Vlautin’s third novel, Lean on Pete, is the story of a 15-year-old boy who works and lives on a rundown race track in Portland, Ore., and befriends a failed race horse named Lean on Pete. The Sunday Herald stated, "Lean on Pete confirms his status as one of the most emotionally charged writers in America..." Lean on Pete won two Oregon Book Awards, the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction and the People’s Choice Award.
In Vlautin’s latest release The Free, the poverty and trauma of war dominate a compelling vision of modern America -- but love and redemption can also be found. Vlautin’s writing is highly evocative of the American West, and his novels are set in and around Oregon, Washington, Nevada and New Mexico. His books explore the circumstances and relationships of people near the bottom of America's social and economic spectrum and reveal the capacity of the human spirit to survive and beat the odds.
The MHCC Creative Writing Speaker Series brings innovative, thought-provoking authors, artists and scholars to the Gresham Campus for interdisciplinary readings and discussions. Each event is free and open to students, MHCC employees and the public.
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