Ashland, Or.  September 20, 2005

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Racism Stops When We Take Action, Author Alan Siporin on Hate Crimes in Southern Oregon

Alan Siporin


Alan Siporin, author of the award winning work, Fire’s Edge, will speak at the Ashland Public Library on Thursday October 13, 2005 at 7p.


In his riveting thriller, Fire’s Edge, former National Public Radio reporter and writer Alan Siporin probes the dark underbelly of racist and homophobic hate in Southern Oregon, providing a terrifying peek into the troubled souls of angry young skinheads, the people they prey on, and the neo-Nazi leaders who prey on these alienated youth. It's a fast-paced ride from urban to rural Oregon where people, good and bad, are tested by the forces of hate. Beneath the mounting tension, they must confront their doubts of involvement and isolation, and question how they keep their own children from going astrayFiresEdge.


Fire’s Edge is one part thriller, one part social commentary with a detective novel style and a depth that will surprise you.  Siporin’s use of fiction offers a forum for public exchange on racism and hatred – the psychological and emotional issues at the root of hate crimes.  “You can never walk in another person’s skin” Siporin says. “But you can come closer by putting the reader in the skin of fictional characters.” Siporin has called this important work his gift to the community. “Racism stops when we take action, and this book is calling all of us to take a stand against hate,” reports The Torch, Lane Community College’s student newspaper.


Fire’s Edge was published by Wounded Bear Press in 2002. The work was chosen as the 2003 Eugene/Springfield Community Read and was a 2003 Literary Arts Finalist for the Oregon Book Award.


The Ashland Mystery Readers Group meets monthly on second Thursdays, usually at the Ashland Public Library, hosting mystery writers and readers.  The series is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library, Bloomsbury Books and Keller William Realty of Southern Oregon.


The Ashland Mystery Readers Group also produces the cable access television show Ashland Mystery, rvtv noir which Wednesdays at 7:30 pm on Cable Channel 31 in Jackson County, Cable Channel 15 in Josephine County and Cable Channel 95 on AFN. Airing in October 2005 on Ashland Mystery, rvtv noir is Dean Ing, Master of the Techno-Thriller, interviewed by Kevin Talbert.


For more information on mystery in the Rogue Valley, contact Maureen Flanagan at 541-552-0743 or visit the group’s website