MONMOUTH -- Novelist and singer songwriter Willy Vlautin will do a reading and perform live music at Western Oregon University on April 25.
The event starts at 4:30 p.m. at the Hamersly Library and is free and open to the public.
Vlautin was born and raised in Reno, Nev., and now lives in Scappoose. Societal issues such as street life, poverty and alcoholism and how those ills are overcome are common themes in his books.
Vlautin has published three widely-acclaimed novels, including "Lean on Pete," which won the 2011 Oregon Book Award and The Oregonian's "Reader's Choice" award.
The book is about a homeless teenager living in Portland, who tries to survive by working at a horse race track where he meets some cruel people and a horse that he attempts to rescue.
Vlautin also founded the band Richmond Fontaine in 1994, which has produced nine studio albums and a handful of live recordings.
For more information: Henry Hughes, 503-838-9494.