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At the Library: Green Crabs, Roman Poets and Cozy Mysteries | Community

The Cannon Beach Library will finally be complete with zoom-only events in November. The World of Haystack Rock Library Lecture Series, Cannon Beach Reads Book Club, and NW Author Speaker Series will all be offered in a hybrid format, allowing attendees to choose to attend an in-person event or participate virtually from home.

The World of Haystack Rock Library Lecture Series, sponsored by the Friends of Haystack Rock, begins this year’s season with a 7 p.m. lecture on Wednesday, November 9 at the library, 131 North Hemlock. A link to the conference will be available on the Friends of Haystack Rock website (

Oregon State University faculty member Sylvia Yamada will present “European Green Crabs: Are They Here to Stay?”

The European green crab is ranked among the worst invasive species in the world. It is native to the northeast Atlantic Ocean and the Baltic Sea, but has spread to Australia, South Africa, South America and the Pacific coast of North America.

Sylvia Yamada has been monitoring European green crabs in Oregon estuaries for 20 years. She also studies salmon identification, predator-prey interactions and invertebrate fishing. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of British Columbia and a doctorate from the University of Oregon.

This year’s season is special because it is dedicated to the memory of Sandi Lundy. As well as being a dedicated member of the Friends of Haystack Rock, Sandi was a longtime volunteer at the library, serving as a library board member and vice-chair of the board. Sandi had a big smile, a sharp mind and a generous heart. She was a gourmet cook who delighted volunteers at 4th of July book sales with delicious sandwiches and provided World of Haystack Rock conferences and Cannon Beach Reads meetings with delicious treats. His humor, common sense and kindness are greatly missed.

The World of Haystack Rock Lecture Series meets at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month, November through April.

The Cannon Beach Reads Book Club, which meets on the third Wednesday of each month, will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16 at the library to discuss “The Swerve: How the World Became Modern” by Stephen Greenblatt.

‘The Swerve’, which won both a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Prize, tells the story of Poggio Bracciolini, papal emissary and avid book hunter, who in 1417 rescued the last copy of the Roman poet’s poem. Lucretius “On Nature”. things.”

Lucretius, whose poem had been nearly lost for a thousand years, was an atomist who believed there was no blueprint for the universe. Instead, he thought the universe was made up of small bits of matter – atoms – that were in constant motion, bumping into each other and randomly drifting off in new directions, without any intervention from the gods. or other divine beings.

Greenblatt likens the rediscovery of Lucretia’s poem to a deviation, arguing that it changed the direction of history because Lucretia’s ideas of a random universe presented an alternative to the 15th century worldview of a universe ordained created and overseen by a supreme being, with the earth at its center. According to Greenblatt, Lucretius paved the way for the great thinkers who helped define the modern era: Galileo, Darwin, Freud, Einstein and Thomas Jefferson.

Stephen Greenblatt is a Shakespearean scholar and literary historian. Educated at Yale, he taught at UC Berkeley and Harvard. Greenblatt has been influential in literary studies since the 1980s, when he introduced the concept of “cultural poetics”, an approach in which literature is analyzed as a means of understanding history and culture. He wrote extensively on Renaissance studies and Shakespeare. His biography of Shakespeare, “Will in the World”, was on the New York Times bestseller list for nine weeks.

Joe Bernt will lead the discussion at the library. A zoom link will also be provided for those wishing to participate from home. Contact Joe Bernt at [email protected] for the link. Cannon Beach Reads is open to everyone. New participants are always welcome.

The third installment of the Library’s NW Author Speaker Series will also be presented as a hybrid event, with in-person or online participation, beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 12 at the Library, when Ellie Alexander will present “Meet the Modern Mystery. The link to his talk will be available on the library’s website (,

Author of more than 30 intimate mysteries, Alexander has more than half a million books in print. Her work has appeared in Climbing Magazine, Women’s World, Mystery Scene Magazine, Buzz Feed and The Oregonian. She also teaches courses and workshops on writing and marketing for published and novice authors.

Alexander is the author of the long-running Bake Shop Mystery series, whose heroine, baker Juliet Capshaw, helps solve murders when she’s not baking delicious confections at Torte, the family pastry shop in Ashland, Oregon. . To date, there are 16 bakery mysteries. Alexander also writes the Sloan Krause Mysteries, set in Leavenworth, Washington, and featuring Sloan Krause, a craft brewer and amateur sleuth.

Writing under the pseudonym Kate Dyer-Seeley, Alexander also created a Pacific Northwest Mystery series featuring Portland reporter Meg Reed and a Rose City Mystery series featuring Portland florist Brittany Johnston.

Not all November events will be presented in a hybrid format. From 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on November 12, just before Ellie Alexander’s lecture, Library Board Member Peggy Thom will lead story time in the library’s children’s room. This will be an in-person event for children up to age eight, although people of all ages are welcome.

Ellie Alexander’s talk and story time with Peggy Thom are listed as part of the WOW! Weekend events.

WOW! The weekend is a three-day festival of spa sessions, speakers, art classes, yoga sessions, and artisan vendors. Formerly known as Women’s Only Weekend, WOW! The weekend is more inclusive, with activities for all family members. Information about WOW! The weekend is available at

The festival, which takes place from November 11 to 13, is financed by the city’s travel and tourism fund and with the support of local hotels and businesses. Proceeds from the sale of general admission tickets to WOW! The weekend will be donated to the library.