LO Speaks storytellers will address themes from the novel 'Good Morning, Midnight'

Lake Oswego's Youth Leadership Council is partnering with the Lake Oswego Reads program to present a unique event on Saturday called LO Speaks.

The event, which is scheduled from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Lakeridge High School auditorium, will feature a variety of speakers sharing 10-minute stories in a format similar to TED talks. The theme of the day: "Untold Stories."

"Building open-mindedness in Lake Oswego is essential for building a stronger sense of community among its residents," says council member Natalie Goldberg. "LO Speaks hopes to accomplish this by exhibiting diverse experiences in a common setting, showcasing the voices of the city we all know and love."

Moderators from the council will tie in each topic with some of the themes present in the 2018 Lake Oswego Reads selection "Good Morning, Midnight," Lily Brooks-Dalton's post-apocalyptic novel about the unlikely bond between the last two people on Earth after a catastrophic event and an astronaut trying to find her way back home.

The book addresses themes such as loneliness, vulnerability, introspection, infinity and finality, which tie into many of the most difficult untold stories.

LO Speaks will feature storytellers Ian Reeves, a Spanish teacher at Lake Oswego Junior High; Amy Pearl, the executive director of Hatch Innovation; Tricia Hasbro, the executive director of Victory Academy; Steve Duin, a columnist for The Oregonian; Mike Houk, the executive director of the Urban Greenspaces Institute; Claire Fennell, a published author and LOSD student; and Isabelle Cullen, a former LOSD student and University of Oregon freshman.

The event is free, but light concessions will be available to purchase. Proceeds will help to cover costs for the Youth Leadership Council to attend the National League of Cities Congressional Cities Conference as youth representatives of Lake Oswego.

Lakeridge High School is located at 1235 Overlook Drive in Lake Oswego.

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