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Yamhill native Beverly Cleary turns 100
Literature Famed author celebrated with documentary featuring a rare interview
Yamhill County native and renowned author Beverly Cleary will celebrate her 100th birthday next month, and OPB is commemorating the occasion with a documentary featuring a rare interview with the author herself.
Born in McMinnville in 1916, Cleary lived on a farm in Yamhill at an early age before moving to Portland with her family.
As a young girl growing up in Portland, Cleary struggled with reading and found herself in a low reading group an experience that gave her sympathy for the problems of other struggling readers, according to an OPB release. Cleary set out to write books that she longed to read, but was unable to find on library shelves stories about her neighborhood and kids like the ones she knew.
She went on to author books that have received widespread acclaim and garnered numerous awards. Her stories feature the characters of Ramona Quimby, Beezus, Henry Huggins, Ralph S. Mouse, Socks the Cat and others.
OPB produced Discovering Beverly Cleary to celebrate the authors birthday, taking a look at her life and her enduring work. The show features an interview with Cleary, who talks about her time growing up in the McMinnville area, among other topics.
The documentary explores Clearys early life and her connection to Oregon, particularly life in Yamhill and in northeast Portland. It also looks at her impact on the community in which she lived and that inspired many of her stories.
The half-hour documentary airs at 8 p.m. April 7 on OPB.