"This was an absolutely fantastic visit, a dream from an author’s point of view.
Born under mysterious circumstances, identical twins Marion and Shiva Stone are thrust into a world of medicine, revolution, love and death. Such is life for them at the mission hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Fated to grow into the world of medicine from which they’ve sprung, Shiva and Marion spend much of their lives struggling to fix all the broken things around them—relationships, governments, internal organs—all the while maintaining their faith in God and their fellow man. Abraham Verghese’s Cutting for Stone is a sweeping novel that will take the reader from the prisons of Ethiopia to the heights of the medical world in America. Large amounts of medical detail are to be found in the book, yet never so much that the reader will feel overwhelmed or out of their depth. With equal parts humor, tragedy, and suspense, Cutting for Stone is a book you will be unable to put down.
Abraham Verghese, MD, MACP, is Professor for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Senior Associate Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine.
Cutting for Stone, Verghese’s third book, has won the American Booksellers Association’s 2010 Indies Choice Book Award for Adult Fiction, the Northern California Independent Booksellers 2010 Book of the Year Award for Fiction, and has been shortlisted for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.
All events are free unless noted.
Addresses of locations are at the bottom of the page
January 11, 6:30 P.M. At the Library
Come celebrate the beginning of the 5th annual Lake Oswego Reads with us as we give away free copies of Cutting for Stone! Experience a dance about Lord Shiva - the God of dance - done by local Indian classical students. These dancers studying with Subha Singaram will present this classical art form. Also, enjoy the sounds of Ethiopia and listen to a review of traditional and modern music. Ethiopian coffee will be served. A Lake Oswego Public Library card is required in order to receive a free book. Copies of the book are compliments of the Friends of the Lake Oswego Library. At the Library, January 11, 6:30 P.M.
Music & Dance
February 1, 7:00 - 8:30 P.M. At the Library
Dancers from Portland’s Kalabharathi School of Dance will perform at the First Tuesday Music Series at the Library. This academy is committed to promote and present Bharathanatyam, an ancient South Indian dance form, through instructional classes and professional performances.
Government Turmoil and the Need to Flee
February 2, at 7:00 P.M. At Oswego Heritage House,
Hear the story of Maggie Molnar Vali of Hungary – a pre teen living in dangerous times, telling a story of narrow escapes, exciting adventures and family intrigue. She eventually finds a home and love in America.
Art Unveiling Reception & Art Show All Month
February 3, 6-7:30 P.M., Graham’s Book and Stationery, 460 Second St.
Close your eyes. Imagine a scene from Cutting For Stone. Will it be captured by any one of the 15 artists who are painting original works from the book? Come to the much anticipated unveiling of their work at Graham’s Book & Stationery! Stroll to the Lake Oswego High School student art and ceramics show at Chrisman Picture Frame & Gallery. Enjoy an evening of tidbits, tastes and surprises of Ethiopia! Art students at LOHS have created mixed media paintings on wood in the style of Ethiopian Icons. Students used acrylic paint, india ink and gold leaf to create their Icons that depict a story. Advanced ceramics students will display art celebrating African culture. The contributing artists are:
Sonja Donnelly, Bill Baily, Barbara Vance, Lisa Wiser, Kara Pilcher, Bruce Ulrich, Dyanne Locati, Kathy Betherum, Susie Cowen, Dave Haslett, Molly Reeves, Sue Jensen, Ann Munson, Lee Baughman and Jan Rimerman.
Throughout February, the adult art will be displayed at Graham’s Book and Stationery and the high school art will be displayed at Chrisman Picture Frame & Gallery. Opening Reception, Thurs., February 3, 6-7:30 P.M. At Graham’s Book and Stationery.
Holy Names Sisters: Panel Discussion and Home Movies
February 4, 2:00 P.M. At Holy Names Heritage Center
Photo credits: Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, US-Ontario Province
In 1859, twelve intrepid Catholic nuns arrived in Portland after a five-week journey from Quebec, Canada. Two weeks after their arrival, the Sisters of the Holy Names opened St. Mary’s Academy. In the 150 years since, they have distinguished themselves as renowned educators and social justice advocates. Join us for a glimpse into the lives of this remarkable community of nuns. The program features a panel discussion by several Holy Names Sisters and a screening of the Sisters’ pre-1950s home movies.
Ethiopian Cooking Class
February 4, 6:00 P.M. $65, At In Good Taste,
We invite you to take a culinary journey to Ethiopia at In Good Taste Cooking School in Lake Oswego. This special class is designed around the novel, Cutting for Stone. Barbara Dawson, owner of In Good Taste and an African native, is excited to be a part of this program. In this hands-on class, you will learn how unique spices, herbs, and grains blend together to bring Ethiopian culture, with its exotic flavors and aromas, right to your own kitchen. Phone 503-248-2015, or visit our website at www.ingoodtasteoregon.com
February 5, 10 A.M.-4 P.M. At the West End Building,
Celebrate Lake Oswego Read’s 2011 novel, Cutting for Stone, with a special festival of African music, cuisine and authentic African wares. Honor the continent’s rich culture with lively beats and tasty eats. This extraordinary event features live performances, dance, and culinary delights. This fantastic feast is guaranteed fun for the whole family! West End Building, February 5, 10 A.M. - 4 P.M.
· Africa Bridge
· Aita Designs
· Ancient Ways
· Bead for Life
· Global Sistergoods
· Itafari Foundation
· Pacific NW Rwandan Association
· Tariro: Hope and Health for Zimbabwe Orphans
· Tuareg Jewelry
· Zimbabwe Artists Project
Performances from Chata Addy, The Boka Boys (Marimba), and Mhofu Marimba.
February 7, Noon-1:00 P.M. At the Library
The Talk About Movies group will meet to discuss movies related to Ethiopia, India and Medicine. Share your impressions and enjoy a lively discussion!
Library, February 7, Noon-1:00 P.M.
Kick Off to Donate Shoes to the Ethiopia Project
February 7, 7:00 P.M. At the Library
Ethiopia is well-known in the western world for their world-class runners. Few are aware, however, that a devastating civil war has left most Ethiopians too poor to afford shoes. The Ethiopia Project was founded to provide new and gently used running shoes to Ethiopians in need. Founders Berhanu Tesema and Andrew Buswell will talk about the Portland-based non-profit and what you can do to help. The Lake Oswego Public Library will be collecting running shoes throughout February. Collection bins will also be at Graham’s Book Store, Lakeridge High School, and Lake Oswego High School. At the Library, February 7, 7:00 P.M.
I’m Alive Because Someone Donated
Donate Life Northwest Panel Discussion
February 8, 7 P.M. At the Lakewood Center for the Arts,
368 S. State St.
Cutting for Stone addresses the life and death circumstances surrounding transplantation. The panel will be addressing personal experiences and medical advances regarding transplantation and donation in the Northwest.
Participating in the panel will be:
Lake Oswego Writes
Feb. 8, 15 & 22, 7:00 P.M., Chuck’s Place
Register: 503.675.2538 or email@example.com
Experience Cutting for Stone through a new lens: your own writing. Lake Oswego Writes returns with a creative writing program based on themes and events from Cutting for Stone. Access daily online prompts and weekly workshops with local professional authors Will Fendon, Hunt Holman, John Morrison, and Elissa Minor Rust. Writers of all stripes are welcome, from the writing-curious to published award winners. We'll finish the month with a public reading at the Library. Want a head start? Try our first prompt right now: write everything you know about the story of your own birth. Chuck’s Place, Feb. 8, 15 & 22, 7:00 P.M.
Will W. Fendon
For the past 12 years, Will Fendon has worked as a screenwriter in television and film and has been a contributing writer and segment producer to such programs as “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Safari Tracks” and many others. He has optioned screenplays to film studios and independent production companies, served as a story analyst and judge for organizations such as the William Morris Agency, American Film Institute and Writers Guild of America West. Most recently he founded a screenwriting mentor program for middle school kids in Portland, Oregon, where he lives with his wife, 5 year-old twin boys and a Chesapeake Bay retriever named Tioga. In his spare time, he enjoys paying late fees at Blockbuster and writing about himself in the third person.
Hunt Holman (Playwright): Willow Jade premiered at Portland Playhouse and received a 2010 Drammy Award for Outstanding Original Script. Other plays include Spanish Girl, which premiered off-Broadway at Second Stage Theatre in their New Plays Uptown Series, and was published by Smith & Kraus Books in their anthology New Playwrights: The Best Plays of 2003; Gun Club, which was developed in Cherry Lane Theater's Obie award-winning Mentor Project, and later premiered at Hypothetical Theater, NYC; and The Dawn Patrol, which received a staged reading at Williamstown Theater Festival. He graduated from Columbia University's School of the Arts.
John Morrison earned his MFA from the University of Alabama and received the 2003 C. Hamilton Bailey Poetry Fellowship from Literary Arts. His book, Heaven of the Moment, won the 2006 Rhea & Seymour Gorsline Poetry Competition and was a finalist for the 2008 Oregon Book Award in poetry. His poems have appeared in numerous national literary journals, including the Cimarron Review, Poetry East, Southern Poetry Review, and Poet Lore. He has taught poetry at the University of Alabama , Washington State University, Vancouver, and the Attic Writers Workshop in Portland, Oregon.
Elissa Minor Rust’s stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, Baltimore Review, The Ledge, Crab Creek Review, Carve Magazine, Honolulu Magazine, Peregrine, and The Beacon Street Review, among others. Her short story collection, The Prisoner Pear: Stories From the Lake, was published in December 2005 by Ohio University Press/Swallow Press. She is the recipient of the Peregrine Prize for Fiction, the National Society of Arts and Letters Cam Cavanaugh Literature Award, a Honolulu Magazine Fiction Award, the Swarthout Fiction Award, and the Leslie Bradshaw Fiction Fellowship from Oregon Literary Arts. She lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon, with her husband and three children.
“I’m really excited to hear that the Library will again be offering the Lake Oswego Writes program as part of its month long Lake Oswego Reads program. I participated last year and found it engaging on many levels. I enjoyed the sense of community experienced by meeting with other writers, and the organized fashion in which we were able to come together and share ideas. The speakers we had each week came from a variety of writing backgrounds, and each had interesting perspectives as well as specific exercises for us to try to develop our own voice. And though I’m a little sheepish to admit this, probably what I enjoyed most about the Lake Oswego Writes program were the ‘daily prompts’. These short suggestions were provided each day as exercises to get us writing, and I looked forward to each one like a little kid opening an advent calendar. For those of us whose school days are long behind us, these were welcome obligations to put a small writing piece together each day. And after all, isn’t that what we hear is the required discipline of every good writer? I’m eagerly anticipating February and another month filled with writing assignments!”
South Indian Dance Form: Bharathanatyam
February 9, 2 P.M. At the Library
Founder and director of Portland’s Kalabharathi School of Dance, Sivagami Vanka, will present a brief introduction to Bharathanatyam, its origins, and classical training. As she has both lived and danced in Addis Ababa, her insight into Cutting for Stone promises to be interesting and personal.
Library, February 9, 2:00 P.M.
The People and Culture of Ethiopia
February 9, 7:00 P.M. At the Library
Daniel Amine, originally from Ethiopia will present a program on the culture and people of Ethiopia. He will share with us art work and crafts made in Ethiopia and talk about the cultural diversity of its people. We will also have the opportunity to meet with members of the local Ethiopian community and the Ethiopian Youth Group.
Library, February 9, 7:00 P.M.
Old Time Radio Display & Presentation
February 10, 3:00 P.M. At The Stafford,
1200 Overlook Dr.
Blake Dietze will share his radio collection which spans the 1910s to post World War II with an impressive collection of pre-war Zenith Radios and memorabilia which includes a Grundig from Cutting for Stone.
Blake Dietze is an electrical engineer by day working at Hewlett-Packard; but steps back eighty or ninety years in much of his spare time, restoring wireless apparatus’ and early radios. Blake’s collection spans the teens to post World War II with an impressive collection of pre-war Zenith Radios and memorabilia. Currently, Blake serves as an officer for the Vintage Radio & Phonograph Society based in Irving, Texas; and is a member of the Northwest Vintage Radio Society (Portland), Puget Sound Radio Club (Seattle) and the Antique Wireless Association (AWA).
While Blake enjoys his modest collection of Radios, his favorite part of the hobby by far is outreach; introducing new collectors and the public to the many aspects of radio collecting. Whether your interests are the radio’s themselves, technology, industry rise and fall, politics, or radio broadcasting in the home; Blake is sure to share interesting facts and stories relating experiences with his audience.
Legacy Health Presents
February 10, 7:00-8:00 P.M. At Legacy Medical Group-Lake Oswego, 410 A Ave. Suite 200
To register, call : 503.692.2193
Join Samantha McKay, M.D., and Beth Hall, D.P.T., as they share tips every woman should know to maintain her health while living a busy life. Following the theme of women's health from Cutting for Stone, the talk will address the concerns of women in developed countries, with a focus on non-invasive solutions for incontinence, pelvic pain, and general pelvic health including post-childbirth complications.
Legacy Medical Group,
Mercy Corps to the Rescue
February 12, 10:00 A.M. At Oswego Heritage House,
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) meeting is open to the public to hear Mark Ferdig, the founder of the Mercy Corps office in Ethiopia. Now Managing Director of Resource Development Operations for the global aid agency, Mr. Ferdig will share his experiences in Ethiopia and Eritrea. World Affairs Council of Oregon is co-sponsoring this program.
What’s Special About Ethiopian Coffee?
February 12, 10:30 A.M. - 2:30 P.M. At Graham’s Book & Stationery,
460 2nd St.
It’s about beans in a pot, not beans in a bag. It’s about slow roasting, not rushing. It’s really more about culture than the rich, dark flavor of the coffee. It’s about neighbors sharing stories and the experience. Come taste and experience the multiple pleasures of Ethiopian coffee with Sonya Damtew of E’Njoni Café.
History of Ethiopia-Revolution in Ethiopia:
February 15, 7:00 P.M. At the Library
The politics of Ethiopia are the driving force behind much of what happens in Cutting for Stone. Dr. Jennifer Tappan (Assistant Professor of African History at Portland State University) will guide us through the turbulent rise and overthrow of the Christian monarchy and Emperor Haile Selassie, the events at the center of the novel.
Library, February 15, 7:00 P.M.
The late twentieth-century revolutionary era of the Ethiopian past will be considered against the broad sweep of over a thousand years. Featuring the remarkable art and architecture that defined the early kingdoms of the Ethiopian highlands, we will trace the rise of a unique Christian culture and polity, the brief victory over European colonial invasion and the later downfall of Emperor Haile Selassie. The themes of continuity, change and the creative tensions of pluralism will serve to illuminate how the revolution overthrowing the Christian monarchy became tied to more recent struggles over the Ogaden region and the successful bid for independence on the part of Eritrean nationalists.
Dr. Jennifer Tappan is Assistant Professor of African History at Portland State University. Her research examines the history of nutritional science and applied nutritional programs in the East African country of Uganda. She is currently investigating the changing role of motherhood in child health that is revealed through shifting cultural practices and ideologies and their intersection with biomedicine, social science and public health.
Astrology, Horoscope and the Truth
February 16, 11:45 A.M. At the Oswego Lake Country Club, $18 for the lunch
Reservations: 503.636.3634 by calling the Chamber of Commerce
In the case of Marion and Shiva Stone, the twin brothers born to a nun in a mission hospital in Ethiopia and then orphaned, Howell said that their plight in life is particularly evident by certain patterns in their natal charts. In this talk, she will illustrate how both the father, as symbolized by the Sun, and the Mother, as symbolized by the Moon, are represented in the natal horoscope of the twins and how we can see that the relationship with both parental figures, dead or alive, is karmically challenged.
Liz Howell's passion for exploring the connections in the body to the world(s) around us has been a life-long journey spanning a professional dance career in New York City to a somatic healing arts practice in Hawaii. It is only natural that her decades-long love of astrology and fascination with the potential of the human experience came together on a path that has led her across the US, Europe, Australia and Asia to include a 15-year astrological consulting practice, regular astrology columns for magazines and running Celestial Living Arts, her company that offers astrologically inspired healing products, educational programs, and interactive workshops. In addition to her general consultations covering subjects from health, wealth and happiness to friends, family and the future, Liz offers specially customized reports on individual child astrology. For more information on Liz Howell and her company, Celestial Living Arts, please visit: www.celestiallivingarts.com
Movie: My Own Country
February 16, 7:00 P.M. At the Lakewood Center for the Arts,
Directed by Mira Nair, this movie tells the true story of the author of Cutting for Stone, Abraham Verghese who settled in Johnson City, Tennessee. He specialized in infectious diseases. It's 1985, and AIDS is spreading from the big cities to the rural areas. Abraham takes AIDS as his personal crusade and is soon well-known for his compassion and non-judgmental treatment. The movie stars Naveen Andrews, Glenne Headly, Hal Holbrook and Marisa Tomei.
Footsteps to Healing: A Global Commitment
February 17, 7:00 P.M. At Marylhurst University's Commons-Hawthorne Room
17600 Pacific Hwy # 43
Photo credit for middle photo: Joni Kabana
The dreadful state of women’s health in rural Ethiopia is a constant theme in Cutting for Stone. Hear from Oregon Health and Science University doctors, Dr. Renee Edwards of Lake Oswego, Dr. Rahel Nardos of Ethiopia and Dr. Philippa Ribbink just how things have changed in the time since the novel takes place. Their effort is making a difference today in Ethiopia with a new program sponsored by OHSU and Global Soul International. Photographer Joni Kabana, just returning from Ethiopia, will join the discussion as well with new photographs of Ethiopia.
Marylhurst University: Commons-Hawthorne Room, February 17, 7:00 P.M.
A Tour of Ethiopian Culinary Treats
February 18, 2:30 P.M. At the Library
Blue Nile Cafe and local Lake Oswego resident, Aster Getachew, bring to you some of the unique foods of their country. Injera, a fermented, spongy flatbread, topped with beef, chicken, lentil and mixed vegetables is yours for the tasting!
Dinner & Discussion with the Mayor
February 18, 6:30 P.M. $25 for Indian Dinner, At the OLCC,
20 Iron Mountain Blvd.
Mayor Jack Hoffman & First Lady Agnes will lead a book discussion followed by an authentic Indian dinner.
Ethiopian Wine Tasting
World Class Wines, February 19, 1:00 – 5:00 P.M.
269 A Ave.
World Class Wines will be pouring wines from Ethiopia and the World.
Hear the Author
February 21, 7:00 P.M. At the Lake Oswego High School Auditorium
Dr. Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone, will be speaking at the Lake Oswego High School Auditorium and this event is for high school age and older. Admission is free but a ticket is required for this event. Tickets will be available at the Lake Oswego Public Library starting at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 29. There will be a two ticket per person limit and a Lake Oswego Library Card is required. Note: the tickets will be valid until 15 minutes before the event begins on February 21. Seating is first come, first served. Lake Oswego High School Auditorium, February 21, 7:00 P.M. Free but tickets are required.
Dr. Verghese will sign books following his presentation. Graham’s Book Store will also be selling all three of Dr. Verghese’s book at that time too.
Pre-Show (Trivia questions, photos & more)
Doulas, Midwives and Play Time
February 23, 10:30 A.M. At the Play Boutique
The dangers inherent in childbirth are a central theme of Cutting for Stone. Jesse Remer Henderson, Jacqueline Hope Medford and Shafia Monroe will provide “an international perspective on birth support to women,” tying in their combined experience as counselors, midwives, doulas, and healers. Moms and children are invited to listen and play! Socks must be worn by all in the play area.
Play Boutique, February 23, 10:30 A.M.
Aftermath: Ethiopia Today
February 24, 7:30 P.M. At Mary’s Woods
As Dr. Marion Stone flees Ethiopia in Cutting for Stone, the country is erupting in a dangerous political revolution. Join us to find out what happened next. Lecturers Steve Kountz from the planning department of the City of Portland and Bob Alexander from the PDC have been going to Ethiopia regularly for four years for an economic development project. Their talk will feature everything from food to finances.
February 25, Noon, $5, at the Adult Community Center
This is a rare opportunity to eat some of the food from Ethiopia including Doro wat (chicken stew), curried lentils and injera (bread).
Celebrate Being a Twin
February 26, 1:00 P.M. At the West End Building
West End Building (WEB)4101 Kruse Way
Marion and Shiva Stone, the twin brothers in Cutting for Stone, share a special bond that is shared by all twins around the world, including twins in Lake Oswego. Twins of all ages in Lake Oswego are invited to celebrate being a twin and come to take a group photo together. A video featuring twins in Lake Oswego will also be shown at the event. Photo taken by Linnea Osterberg
West End Building, February 26, 1:00 P.M.
LO Writes Reading & Passport Drawing
Feb. 28, 7:00 P.M.
Join the Lake Oswego Writes workshop members as we wrap up the month by reading selections from the participants' work! Hear stories, poems and maybe even plays inspired by themes and events from Cutting for Stone. Make sure to bring your passport for the celebratory drawing.
Library, Feb. 28, 7 P.M.
High School Involvement
Both Lake Oswego High Schools are participating in Lake Oswego Reads for the fifth year! Lake Oswego High School and Lakeridge High School will incorporate themes from Cutting for Stone in selected English class curricula. Service clubs from both high schools will assist with the shoe drive for Ethiopia.
Adult Community Center (ACC)
505 G Ave. Phone: 503.635.3758
Chrisman Picture Frame & Gallery
480 Second St. Phone: 503.635.5326
148 B Ave. 503.675.7861
Graham’s Book & Stationery
460 2nd St. Phone: 503.636.5676
Holy Names Heritage Center
17425 Holy Names Dr. Phone: 503.607.0595
In Good Taste Cooking School
6302 SW Meadows Rd. Phone: 503.248.2015
Lakewood Center for the Arts
368 S. State St. Phone: 503.635.6338
Lake Oswego High School
2501 Country Club Rd. Phone: 503.534.2313
Lake Oswego Library
706 Fourth St. Phone: 503.636.7628
Legacy Medical Group-Lake Oswego
412 A Ave., Suite 200 Phone: 503.692.2193
17600 Pacific Hwy # 43, Marylhurst Phone: 503.636.8141
17400 Holy Names Dr. Phone: 503.534.3947
Moonstruck Chocolate Café
45 South State St. Phone: 503.697.7097
Oswego Heritage House
398 10th St. Phone: 503.635.6373
Oswego Lake Country Club (OLCC)
20 Iron Mountain Blvd. Phone: 503.636.3631
464 First St. Phone: 503.675.PLAY
1200 Overlook Dr. Phone: 503.636.4589
West End Building (WEB)
4101 Kruse Way Phone: 503.697.6500
World Class Wines
269 A Ave. Phone: 503.974.9841