Event celebrates 'Lolita' author

"Lolita" author Vladimir Nabokov's time in Ashland will be celebrated this weekend in a fundraiser for the county library system.

The fundraiser is from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the lodge at Mount Ashland's ski area. Tickets are $36.

Nabokov spent time studying butterflies on Mount Ashland and lived in a house at 163 Meade St. in Ashland in the summer of 1953, when he was finishing the novel regarded by literary scholars to be one of the greatest of the 20th century.

He called the period an "extraordinarily productive writing summer."

Sunday's event will feature a lecture by Robert Michael Pyle, co-editor of "Nabokov's Butterflies," a collection of Nabokov's writing, translated by his son, Dmitri Nabokov.

Pyle, who holds a doctorate in ecology from Yale University, plans to search Mount Ashland for a relative of the butterfly Nabokov was studying while writing "Lolita" and to show audience members the live butterfly, called Nabokov's Blue.

The Gray's River, Wash., resident also plans to play a recording of Nabokov reading his poem, "Lines Written in Oregon," that he wrote in Ashland.

An Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor, who has yet to be announced, will read from Nabokov's work. The event also includes a catered dinner.

Nabokov discovered Ashland while traveling to visit his son, Dmitri, in Roseburg. The author and his wife, Vera, ended up spending July though September of that year in Ashland. A 1999 fire destroyed the house that the couple rented.

Details: www.jclf.org or 541-774-6572.

— Ashland Daily Tidings

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