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Julie Bonn Blank will speak at CalvaryMac church in McMinnville Thursday, May 12, at 7 p.m.

COURTESY PHOTO JESSICA CAMPBELL - Story Night at CalvaryMac in McMinnville is hosting Forest Grove author Julie Bonn Blank this weekForest Grove-based author Julie Bonn Blank will speak at CalvaryMac church in McMinnville at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12.

The event is open to women and teenage girls and is part of a broader "Story Night" speaking series that invites local women to tell their life stories.

Organizer Jennifer Campbell, who brought the "Story Night" concept with her from a church in California, said the series started in 2019, continued through the pandemic with a podcast series and will host another event in July. Attendees can register online at CalvaryMac.ChurchCenter.com.

"Our subtitles are real women, real stories and real hope," Campbell said. "The point of story night is hearing somebody's authentic story reminds you that you are not alone in your suffering, and there is always hope no matter what your story is."

COURTESY PHOTO: JULIE BONN BLANK - Forest Grove author Julie Bonn Blank recently won a BookFest award.Blank is an abuse survivor and domestic violence advocate. Her latest novel, "Innocent Lives: Guardians of Grace, Book 1" won a BookFest Award and has been nominated for a Hope PYX International Book Award.


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