Sunday, September 24, 4 PM: Book Reading, Discussion, and Signing by Garvar Brummett (Eugene). Sometimes a memoir is so intense, so powerfully written, a reader becomes transfixed with page-turning addiction, unable to set the book down, peering through the fence posts into a life far removed from his or her own experience. That’s the resounding response to “The Scent of Jasmine Cools the Rage,” Garvar’s book. Brummett, a longtime counselor at Sponsors, Inc., left home at age 17 to escape an abusive stepfather. He lived on the streets, where his constant companions were alcohol, drugs, other addicts and never-ending emotional pain. His memoir – composed of short vignettes tattooed on his memory – is brilliantly simple, top-notch storytelling, with the theme of redemption woven throughout the stories – no matter how raw they bleed.