Bettie Lennett Denny, Burying My Dead
Bettie Lennett Denny joins us to read from her novel Burying My Dead. The book is set in Portland -- in fact it opens in the Lone Fir Cemetery -- as local reporter Murphy Gardiner experiences a chance encounter that will ignite a yearlong quest to unravel a puzzling family tradition, plunging her into Oregon history and the tangled lives of a photographer, a suffragist, and a Chinese girl at the heart of the mystery. During the evening, Denny will recount the strange evolution of the novel, read a few passages, and share historical tidbits about Portland.
Denny was born in Kew Gardens Hills, New York, where her claim to fame was growing up next door to Paul Simon. A circuitous path took her to Omaha, Nebraska, where she met her husband, Pat, and embarked on a career in television broadcasting and public relations work for non-profits. They moved to Portland in 2006. Thanks to good karma or good fortune, her two daughters live nearby. Today, Bettie writes novels, creates digital art, cobbles together found objects, walks with enthusiasm, and relishes hanging out with family and friends.