Salem's own award winning author,
Salem’s own award winning author, Gina Ochsner, will be reading from her new novel The Hidden Letters of Velta B. at the Salem Book Bin on Friday August 12th at 7pm. Gina teaches at Corban University where she also directs the Portals Writing Conference. She also teaches with the Seattle Pacific Low-Residency MFA program. She has been awarded a John L. Simon Guggenheim grant and a grant from the National Endowment of Arts. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Glimmertrain and the Kenyon Review. She is the author of the short story collection The Necessary Grace to Fall which received the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and the story collection People I Wanted to Be. Both books received the Oregon Book Award. A novel entitled The Russian Dreambook of Colour and Flight received the Grub Street Book Prize in 2011 and was long listed for the Orange Prize in 2010.