Downtown Eugene Public Library

Temperatures are expected to break 100 this week in the South Willamette Valley and the city of Eugene provides locations for individuals to cool off.

New Yorker cartoonist Matt Diffee speaks with Eric Alan about his unintentional cartooning career, which has included his new book Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People, and editing three volumes of  The Rejection Collection: Cartoons You Never Saw and Never Will See In the New Yorker. 

  Historian and author Michael Helquist speaks with Eric Alan about his biography Marie Equi: Radical Politics and Outlaw Passions. Equi was one of Oregon’s first women doctors, as well as a fierce advocate for worker’s rights, reproductive rights, and many other social justice causes. Michael Helquist speaks at the Downtown Eugene Public Library on Saturday, August 6th at 3 p.m. 

  Comparatively few people of color visit the American wilderness, though the resources are public to all. African-American outdoorsman James Mills addresses this disparity in his book The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors. He speaks with Eric Alan about the issues and how to address them, before his illustrated talk at the Downtown Eugene Public Library on Saturday, April 23rd.

  Author Eliot Treichel explores a teenage girl’s grief and healing after causing her father’s accidental death on a canoe trip, in the young adult novel A Series of Small Maneuvers. He speaks with Eric Alan about the power of a river and a horse to help a girl find peace with what can never heal. Eliot Treichel speaks at the Downtown Eugene Public Library on Saturday, April 9th. 

  As part of Oregon Humanities’ Conversation Project, the Downtown Eugene Public Library will host “Northwest Mixtape: Hip Hop Culture and Influences,” an illustrated talk and conversation with Donnell Alexander on Wednesday, December 2nd. He speaks with Eric Alan about Oregon’s unique hip-hop culture. 

Photo by Ron Verzuh

  Photographer Ron Verzuh  presents Street Rhythms, an exhibit of street corner photographs taken across the globe, on display at the Downtown Eugene Public Library through December 20th. He speaks with Eric Alan about a photographic and personal journey that has included being an author, historian and head of the international solidarity program of the Canadian Union of Public Employees. 

Political cartoonist and Pulitzer Prize finalist Ted Rall speaks with Eric Alan about his new graphic novel Snowden, which explores the motivations and dilemmas of Edward Snowden in his decision to reveal classified NSA documents. As part of Banned Books Week, Ted Rall will give a free illustrated talk at the Downtown Eugene Public Library on Saturday, October 3rd at 2 p.m.

Cartoonist Dan Piraro has been drawing the award-winning Bizarro for 31 years. He will give an illustrated talk to begin Banned Books Week at the Downtown Eugene Public Library on Sunday, September 27th at 2 p.m. He speaks with Eric Alan about hidden upside down birds, the inspiration of Alfred Hitchcock, and the future of comics in the digital age.

John Kallas is one this country’s foremost experts on wild foods, and the author of the new book Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods from Dirt to Plate. He speaks with Eric Alan about increasing nutritional diversity and our connection to the earth through wild foods. He’ll give a free talk at the Downtown Eugene Public Library on Wednesday, September 2nd.

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