Oregon Legacy 2013: Vanessa Veselka

Starts:Sunday, January 13, 2013  3:00 PMEnds:Sunday, January 13, 2013  5:00 PM



Driftwood Public Library

801 SW Hwy 101 #201 Lincoln City, OR 97367

Event Description:

Vanessa Veselka will visit to discuss her work as a writer. Veselka has been at various times a teenage runaway, an expatriate, a union organizer, and a student of paleontology. Her work appears in The Atlantic, Tin House, Zyzzyva, the anthology Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, and Maximum Rock 'n Roll. Her debut novel is Zazen, described by Katie Schneider as a novel set "in a parallel universe [in which] America is collapsing… one war is already being fought, another is looming. People are trying to get out or they're going back to the land or they're buying as much junk as they can possibly handle. The big-box stores have merged with malls and churches in mega-complexes where citizens can ignore security curfews as long as they have a receipt". In her Oregonian review, Schneider further said "the prose is jumpy, satirical, often funny, sometimes cruel. It's the kind of book that doesn't truly reveal its strength until the climax, when all of the tiny moving pieces suddenly slide into place to create a full picture… Zazen has a power beyond the satire and the clever reimagining of today's counterculture trends. It also has heart and soul." Zazen won the 2012 PEN/Bingham prize for fiction.

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