CD Harper

Author C.D. Harper will return to Lincoln City’s Driftwood Public Library this Sunday, March 31, to talk about his new book of short stories, “Is It Always Tomorrow?”

Harper wrote the collection in an attempt to further educate people about American diversity and why it makes America great.

“If one looks at the total of American literature or reads about the history of this very diverse country, very little had been written about the experience of those diverse people,” he said. “Slavery is central to that diversity. So, I write about it. Hoping they will enhance someone’s understanding of American, land of the free.”

“Most Americans think slavery ended with the Civil War, and it did,” Harper added. “But its impact on the way Americans think about themselves and the way they think about others is so strongly embedded into the American psyche that John F. Kennedy said this country was willing to ‘pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and success of liberty.’”

Harper is a retired professor of Theatre Arts and Dance at California State University, Los Angeles, where he served as chair of the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, founding executive director of the Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex and founder of the Luckman Jazz Orchestra. He also served as executive assistant to the president of the university. He received an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois as well as a master’s and Ph.D. from St. Louis University.

Harper, who now lives in Gleneden Beach, has published two novels, “Covenant” and “Face the Unknown.”

Sunday’s presentation, which is free and open to all, will start at 3 pm at the library, located on the second floor at 801 SW Hwy. 101

For more information, contact Ken Hobson at 541-996-1242 or khobson@lincolncity.org.

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