WordFest next meets on Tuesday, June 3, 6:00-8:00 pm, at Cassava, 1333 Broadway in Longview.
Carlin Lohrey will read from her historical novel, The Caves of Lavar. The story, based on her research of early peoples in Europe and the life drawings found in their caves, centers on a young woman who is abducted by a man from another tribe.
Editor and former Kelso High School Librarian Ruth Thompson will read a nonfiction account she wrote of the 1918-1919 Spanish Flu Pandemic. An estimated 500 million people, about a third of the planet’s population, became infected, of which 50-100 million people died, making it one of the deadliest natural disasters in human history.
Janet Rubert will read her essay, “The Fortress: The Story of Charles and Marie Goodwin,” which appeared in the March 2013 issue of Cowlitz County Historical Museum Quarterly. As a child, Janet was a piano student of Marie Goodwin and remained her friend throughout her life. It is a tribute to this eccentric musical prodigy who inspired, encouraged and demanded excellence from her students.
WordFest is a monthly gathering of readers and writers who meet the first Tuesday of each month, 6:00-8:00 pm.
Cassava offers a dinner menu for those who wish to enjoy a meal with the readings, as well as local wines and brews.
The events are free and open to the public. There is an open mic period following the presentations.