Another round of Songs@Tsunami — poetry set to songs by well-known composers — as well as several book releases and even the debut of a Vietnam-war documentary all are on the calendar at Tsunami Books

(Edited by Randi Bjornstad)

Coming events at Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette St. in Eugene. For information, call 541-345-8986 or go online to

Saturday, March 25

Songs@Tsunami — 5 p.m. Laura Wayte’s series of “Art Songs” continues with mezzo-unnamedsoprano Janene Nelson singing poetry — accompanied by pianist Yuliya Minina — to compositions by Amy Beach, Leonard Bernstein, Dominick Argento, Aaron Copland and Virgil Thompson. Nelson did her doctoral work at the University of Oregon and now teaches voice at Seattle Pacific University. She was a founder of Eugene’s Cascadia Opera and sang in Eugene Opera’s “Sweeney Todd.” One of her offerings at Songs@Tsunami will be Bernstein’s “La Bonne Cuisine.” $10 at the door.

Wednesday, April 5

Reading and Book Signing — 7 p.m. Henry “Hank” Alley presents his book, “The Dahlia Field,” a collection of 14 short stories published over the past two decades that “explore the inexorable force of male-to-male attraction,” according to Alley, who is professor emeritus of literature at the University of Oregon and author of four previously published novels. The Kirkus Review says of “The Dahlia Field,” “With sensitivity and deadpan humor, Alley’s luminous stories explore a wealth of characters and social types thrown into fertile combinations.” Free.

Thursday, April 6

Mid-Valley Willamette Writers Speakers Series — 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Susan DeFrietas talks about “Crowdfunding for Authors.” Free to members, open to others by donation.

Friday, April 7

Photos of Marc Waszkiewicz's tours of duty in Vietnam illustrate his book, "The 1000 Yard Stare"
Photos of Marc Waszkiewicz’s tours of duty in Vietnam illustrate his book, “The 1000 Yard Stare”

Book Release and Signing and Documentary Debut — 4 p.m. Marc Waszkiewicz presents his book, “1000 Yard Stare: A Marine’s Eye View of the Vietnam War,” published by Stackpole Books. Waszkiewicz took thousands of photographs during multiple tours during his service in Vietnam. The Oregon debut of “Tripwire Initiation,” a documentary short by Waszkiewicz and Lea Jones also will be shown, with a discussion and their live

Waskiewicz took thousands of photographs during his service in Vietnam, and his project — book, soundtrack album and documentary — took four decades to complete
Waszkiewicz took thousands of photographs during his service in Vietnam, and his project — book, soundtrack album and documentary — took four decades to complete

performance of music from the soundtrack. Refreshments. Donations welcome. From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., there will be a film debut of the full-length documentary, “Tripwire,” also produced by Waszkiewicz and Jones, providing an artistic and eyes-wide-open view of the daily lives on a band of young Marines in Vietnam, circa 1968. Light refreshments. Donations requested.

Saturday, April 8

Musical Prelude — 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Pianist Paul Safar, singer Nancy Wood and saxophonist Matt Saples will entertain in advance of the Eugene All-Ages Poetry Tslam which runs from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., with sign-ups to participate at 7 p.m., an open mic at 7:30 p.m., a featured poet at 8 p.m. and the Tslam at 8:30 p.m. Jorah LaFleur will preside, and there will be prizes for the top three poets and free tea and fun for all. A sliding-scale fee of $5 to $15 is good for both events.

Sunday, April 9

Book Release Celebration — 4 p.m. Eugene author Barb Ryan presents her book, “Love Loves Fear,” billed as, “If a book could hug, this one would.” Shamanic teacher Alida Birch, author of “The Co-Creation Handbook,” also will be on hand. Light refreshments will be provided by the Park Street Café.

Randi Bjornstad

Has more than 30 years' journalism experience after a previous stint as a land-use planner. Got first rejection slip at age 11, but the editor wrote an encouraging note. Lives in Eugene, Ore., with husband-and-photographer Paul Carter, adorable dog Tallulah and quirky cats Pearl, Audrey, Garbo, Harry and Ozma.

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