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Collaborative library group picks 'No Way to Die' by Warren C. Easley for focus of reading, literacy initiative

COURTESY IMAGE - The jacket cover for 'No Way to Die' by Warren C. Easley, which has been selected by Columbia County Reads 2020 as the focus of this year's reading initiative. Copies of Easley's full Cal Claxton series, including 'No Way to Die,' are available at libraries in Scappoose, St. Helens, Columbia City, Clatskanie, Rainier and Vernonia.

Columbia County Reads 2020, a collaboration between libraries in Columbia County that aims to bring reading to the forefront of public discourse, has selected a mystery novel set in Oregon as its focus this year.

"If everyone reads the same book or author at the same time, it is hoped that it will inspire discussions, connections, and a shared perspective among Columbia County residents," notes a press release about the book selection.

"No Way to Die," the seventh in the Cal Claxton Mystery series by author Warren C. Easley, continues the unfolding story of the former workaholic Los Angeles prosecutor who sought to change his life by moving to Dundee and opening a small-town law practice.

In "No Way to Die," while Cal is vacationing south of Coos Bay with his daughter, Claire, the two discover a body floating in a river and are ultimately pulled into the ensuing investigation.

Easley Easley lives in the Portland area with his wife and dog. He received the Kay Snow National Award for fiction in 2012 and was named Northwest's UP and Coming Author in 2017. His fifth book in the Cal Claxton series, "Blood for Wine," was one of five books short-listed for the coveted national Nero Wolfe Award, according to a press release distributed by Columbia County Reads 2020.

Libraries participating in Columbia County Reads 2020 include Scappoose Public Library, St. Helens Public Library, Columbia City Library, Clatskanie Library District, Rainier City Library and Vernonia Public Library. Each library plans to have all seven of the Cal Claxton books available for checkout, per the release.

Additionally, Easley is scheduled to appear in St. Helens, Rainier, Clatskanie and Vernonia on select dates. Those dates are:

St. Helens Public Library, Wednesday, April 22, 7 p.m.

Rainier City Hall Community Room, Thursday, April 25, 7 p.m.

Clatskanie Cultural Center, Saturday, April 25, 7 p.m.

Vernonia Public Library, Thursday, April 30, 6:30 p.m.

For additional information regarding Columbia County Reads 2020, contact Vernonia Public Library District Shannon Romtvedt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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