Keith Scribner to read from “The Oregon Experiment” on Sept. 30


CORVALLIS, Ore. – Award-winning author Keith Scribner, an Oregon State University faculty member, will read from his newly released novel, “The Oregon Experiment,” on Friday, Sept. 30, at OSU’s Valley Library main rotunda. The event begins at 7:30 p.m.; a book signing follows.

Published by Alfred A. Knopf, “The Oregon Experiment” tells the story of East Coast transplants Scanlon, a professor of radical movements, and Naomi, a professional ‘nose’ who has lost her sense of smell, as they welcome the birth of their first child. Scanlon’s research with local anarchist groups tests the couple’s loyalty to one another as they struggle to come to terms with their desires, memories and new roles as parents.

This is Scribner’s third novel, and it has been well-received by reviewers, including the San Francisco Chronicle, which wrote: “Scribner has a sharp eye for the complicated grace and endless capacity for self-delusion among our species.... He ably screws the tension ever tighter as his story lengthens.”

Scribner’s second novel, “The GoodLife,” was selected for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers series, and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

Scribner teaches in OSU’s Master of Fine Arts program and lives in Corvallis with his wife, poet Jennifer Richter, and their children.

The Literary Northwest Series is co-sponsored by the OSU Bookstore and the OSU English Department, and celebrates regional literary achievement.