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‘Dog Gone’ author reads, teaches writing workshop in Manzanita

Toutonghi kicks off Muttzanita’ weekend Sept. 16

Published on September 11, 2017 2:16PM

Last changed on September 11, 2017 2:20PM

Pauls Toutonghi

MANZANITA — Author Pauls Toutonghi will read from his book “Dog Gone: A Lost Pet’s Extraordinary Journey and the Family Who Brought Him Home” at the Hoffman Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16.

Admission for the evening reading is $7. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

On Oct. 10, 1998, Fielding Marshall hikes on the Appalachian Trail. His beloved dog — a six-year-old golden retriever mix named Gonker — bolts into the woods. Just like that, he vanishes. And Gonker has Addison’s disease. If he’s not found within 23 days, he will die. “Dog Gone” is the story of the Marshall family and their hunt to track down Gonker.

The author of four books, Toutonghi has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, and has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Virginia Quarterly Review, Granta, Tin House and numerous other periodicals. After receiving his Ph.D in English Literature from Cornell University, Toutonghi moved to Portland where he teaches at Lewis & Clark College.

Toutonghi’s reading kicks off a weekend for dog-lovers in Manzanita, preceding the all-day Sunday events for the ninth annual Muttzanita Festival (muttzanita.com).

Writing workshop

From 1 to 3:30 p.m. that day, Toutonghi will teach a workshop “Writing with Balance.”

Whether in fiction or nonfiction or memoir, how does a writer share personal, painful stories and still negotiate active relationships with the people involved? How do they decide what to tell — and what not to tell? What are some of the best practices for determining how to use a difficult or personally challenging piece of one’s story?

The workshop will be held at the Hoffman Center for the Arts. Tuition is $40. Register at hoffmanblog.org/register-for-workshops.

Open mic

Following Toutonghi’s reading and Q-and-A, the Hoffman Center will hold its Open Mic, where up to nine local or visiting writers will read five minutes of their original work. The suggested (not required) theme for the evening is “Dog Stories.”

The Manzanita Writers’ Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts. The center is located across from the Manzanita Library (594 Laneda Ave.).

More information is available at hoffmanblog.org, or contact Kathie Hightower at kathiejhightower@gmail.com.


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