HYBRID: The Water Factor: A Rightfully Mine Novel featuring Marilynne Eichinger

Sunday, July 14, 2024 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Part of the Adult Summer Library Challenge!

Join us on Sunday, July 14 at 3pm for a book reading and discussion with author Marilynne Eichinger. Her recently published thriller, The Water Factor, is an action-packed novel based on actual events and centered around access to water, a critical topic of our time. The battle started when water was labeled a commodity rather than a right, and Glacier Oceanside joined the ranks of the world’s largest water cartels determined to control the market. Top executives didn’t count on being confronted by James Hokama Byrne, an employee they had mentored since his high school graduation. But delivering water to drought-stricken farms and getting kidnapped in Ethiopia changed the young man’s outlook.  Something within him snapped when his employer drained aquifers on his grandfather’s reservation to supply bottling plants and marijuana farms. He couldn’t remain silent. If you are concerned about the environment and crave a touch of romance, and if you cry for mistreated populations, you won’t want to miss this call to get involved.

Marilynne Eichinger, former president of OMSI, moved the museum to its present riverfront location. She went on to found Informal Education Products, publisher of the nationally distributed Museum Tour Catalog. Eichinger, educator, artist, and mother of five, became an award-winning author of Over the Peanut Fence and Lives of Museum Junkies in retirement. She received her bachelor's degree in anthropology from Boston University and her master’s degree in psychology from Michigan State University.  As an avid environmentalist, Eichinger served on the Board of Friends of Tryon Creek and is a member of Community for Earth. Throughout her career, Eichinger has engaged in numerous education projects with Native Tribal members, participated in presentations with her partner, Ray Losey, mask maker and totem pole carver,  and attended reservation events. Her knowledge of Ethiopia comes from becoming a grandmother to an Ethiopian/Somali immigrant family.

Following is what one critic had to say; “Your work is a captivating, confronting, thrilling piece, offering a memorable addition to the genre. Throughout the thrills and twists of the plot, the pace of its telling creates a consistent enthrallment from the reader. James’ personal connection to the plot draws the reader in before an intense and epic story unfurls. The authorial voice is transfixing, evoking not only a dystopian extrapolation of capitalism’s environmental devastation but also a respectful use of Native American culture, and each layer of the narrative further engrosses the reader. Supported by a nuanced cast and a highly topical narrative, ‘The Water Factor’ is undoubtedly a well-written and crafted novel worthy of attention.” — Ben List. Critical Reading Editor. Former Social Media Manager, UK.

This event will take place in-person at the Library and will be livestreamed on LOPL's YouTube channel.

The library is located at 706 Fourth Street, Lake Oswego. This presentation is made possible by the Friends of the Lake Oswego Public Library.

For more information, please contact Alicia Yokoyama, Adult Services Librarian, at 503-534-4228 or ayokoyama@lakeoswego.city