Hoffman Center hosts author Deborah Reed for a reading from her latest book

Deborah Reed will read from her latest book, The Days When Birds Come Back, at 7pm at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018

Deborah is the author of four literary novels, most recently, The Days When Birds Come Back, published January, 2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Her other novels include Olivay, a Bustle magazine pick of the year for 2015; Things We Set on Fire, which sold over 100K copies in the first six months; and Carry Yourself Back to Me, an Amazon Editor Pick of the year for 2011. She has also authored two popular thrillers under the pen name Audrey Braun.

The renovation of an old house on the Oregon Coast brings two people together in this emotionally searing novel of love and second chances. Brimming with empathy, The Days When Birds Come Back, like the house itself, is a graceful testament to endurance, rebuilding, and the possibilities of coming home.

“An emotionally satisfying novel about the lingering effects of trauma and how people deal with guilt.” – Publisher’s Weekly

Deborah holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing and is co-director of the Black Forest Writing Seminars at the University of Freiburg in Germany. She teaches creative writing at workshops around the U.S. and in Europe.

She lives on the coast of Oregon.

Deborah will lead a 10-week novel-writing group in Manzanita, starting March 21.

Interested writers must submit a writing sample of no more than ten pages to <> by February 25th. No more than ten people will be accepted, so please apply early. Fee for the course will be $350. For a complete description of the course, and the requirements, go to

Following Deboarah’s reading and Q&A in the evening, we’ll have our popular Open Mic where up to nine local or visiting writers will read 5 minutes of their original work. The suggested (not required) theme for the evening’s Open Mic is “Starting Over.“

NOTE: Admission for the evening reading is $7. Doors open at 630.

The Manzanita Writers’ Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue.) Further information is available at < ><>> online or contact Kathie Hightower,