Aug 16 2016

Anyone out there familiar with the Ramona Quimby books? Yeah, we thought so.

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Since school is starting back up in just a couple weeks, this month's History Pub at the Old Church in Wilsonville is geared toward kids, including kids-turned-adults, about beloved author and McMinnville native Beverly Cleary's Oregon.

The first book in the series, Henry Huggins, was published back in 1950, and since then, kids around the globe have enjoyed these tales about ordinary kids growing up in an ordinary Portland.

Cleary celebrated her 100th birthday this past April, and currently lives in California. During a 2011 interview with the Los Angeles Times, at age 95, she said, "I've had an exceptionally happy career."

On Tues., August 30, we are pleased to host local author Laura O. Foster, whose latest work, Walking with Ramona (Microcosm Publishing, 2016), explores the streets, schools, characters and neighborhoods of Cleary's Portland. Foster's talk will include not only Portland locations, but other points of significance in Cleary's childhood and adult life.

Per the book summary: "Readers can walk the very sidewalks Beverly walked and climb the very school steps that Beverly climbed. You'll see the grocery parking lot where Ramona got stuck in the mud, the park lawn where Henry Huggins hunted nightcrawlers, and the real Portland street that became Klickitat Street, their fictional home. Beverly Cleary's Portland was much different than the Portlandia of today. Walking with Ramona brings to life what that 1920s and 1930s Portland was like for the ‘girl from Yamhill' who went on to become an internationally beloved author. Characters like Ramona and Beezus, Henry and Ribsy, and Ellen and Austine come to life on this hour-long walking route through the Northeast Portland neighborhood where Beverly grew up."

Foster and her publications have been featured in the Oregonian, Willamette Week, on OPB and AM Northwest. She has written six other guidebooks about Portland and surrounding towns, and about the towns and trails of the nearby Columbia River Gorge.

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