Book Launch of rough house with Tina Ontiveros (Virtual Zoom Event)

Event date: 
09/23/2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Book Launch
rough house
Tina Ontiveros 
In Conversation With
Keenan Norris

Weds., Sept. 23rd, 7:00pm PST
Virtual Zoom Event
hosted by Waucoma Bookstore and Oregon State University Press

Please email if you would like to do last minute registrations (less than 2 hours prior to the event).


Join us on Wednesday, September 23rd at 7:00 PM PST on Zoom for An Evening with Tina Ontiveros to celebrate the launch of rough house. In conversation with Keenan Norris, Tina will discuss her memoir, rough house, her experience writing the memoir, and so much more.  Signed copies of rough house are available from Waucoma Bookstore (order below). 

Sign up for the rough house virtual book launch event using the Eventbrite button below. (You will be emailed a link for Zoom the day of the event, but you must register on Eventbrite to receive the link)

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More about rough house:

Tina Ontiveros was born into a family with logging on both sides: a mother who spent summers driving logging trucks for her family's operation, and a father born to an itinerant logger and raised in a variety of lumber towns, as Tina herself would be. rough house is a story of growing up in turmoil, of a childhood split between a charming, mercurial, abusive father in the forests of the Pacific Northwest and a mother struggling with poverty in The Dalles. It is also a story of generational turmoil, especially for the women of her family, of violent men and societal restrictions, of children not always chosen and frequently raised alone.

Ontiveros's father, Loyd, looms large in rough house. Late in the memoir, as she considers Loyd's recent death and long absence from her life, Ontiveros writes, "I had this ridiculous hope that I would get to enjoy a functional relationship with my father, on my own terms, now that I was an adult." rough house is her attempt to carve out this relationship, to understand her father and her family from an adult perspective and on her own terms.

While elements of her memoir are universal, others are indelibly grounded in the logging camps of the Pacific Northwest as the lumber industry changes and contracts. Tracing her childhood through the working class towns and forests of Washington and Oregon, Ontiveros explores themes of love and loss, parents and children, and her own journey to a different kind of adulthood.

Event address: 
Hood River, OR 97031