Manzanita Writers' Series Presents

Mark Pomeroy
Friday, May 3, 2024
7:30 pm
$7, pre-registration encouraged
Walk-ins welcomed

Join us for an evening with author Mark Pomeroy, who will read from his latest novel Tigers of Lents.

The Tigers of Lents is the story of the Garrison family. At the heart of it, the three Garrison sisters: Sara, the eldest, a fiery soccer star on the verge of pulling herself out of the life of poverty she’s always known; Elaine, shy and struggling with the weight she carries both physically and mentally; and Rachel, a reader and poet whose imagination stalls at trying to picture a better life.

Tigers is set mainly in Lents, an outer neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, beginning in 2010. Lents is made up, in part, of evictions, chain-link fences, and gravel roads, and the Garrison family’s journey reveals an often misunderstood American existence. The girls’ hard-edged mother, Melanie, works full-time as a grocery store cashier, and their estranged father, Keith, is about to return to Lents after serving a six-year prison term for burglary and wants desperately to reconnect with his daughters.

The Tigers of Lents is a rich exploration of class, neighborhood and, especially, the bonds—frayed, inescapable—of a family through time. Traveling with the Garrison sisters is an emotionally fraught and rewarding experience, deepened by detailed evocation of place and time, as well as a soundtrack that ranges from the Pet Shop Boys to Ratt to Jelly Roll Morton. I believe in these people. I worried about and hope for them.

– Peter Rock, author of My Abandonment

About Mark Pomeroy

Mark Pomeroy lives with his family in Portland, Oregon, where he was born and raised. In 2014 Oregon State University Press published his first novel, The Brightwood Stillness, which The Oregonian called “absorbing and humane.” He has received an Oregon Literary Fellowship for fiction, and his short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in Open SpacesPortland MagazineThe Wordstock 10NW Book LoversThe Oregonian, and What Teaching Means: Stories from America’s Classrooms. For the past twenty-eight years he has led creative writing workshops in Portland schools. University of Iowa Press will publish his second novel, The Tigers of Lents, in 2024.

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  •  May 3, 2024
     7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

May 3–Author Mark Pomeroy reads from his new novel, Tigers of Lents.


594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, Oregon, 97130, United States


Situated on the main street in Manzanita just a few blocks west of Highway 101, the Hoffman Center is located across the street from the North Tillamook Library.