March 22 was a special day at the Friends Meeting House in Davis, Calif. I did my slideshow presentation for yet another packed house and sold out of books again, then we did the Q&A session with Vlad Dupre, 93 years old and the former executive secretary of the Fine Arts at Waldport. Vlad shared his memories, told some hilarious stories, and the day finished with a gathering of his family and friends, highlighted by his son David Potts-Dupre playing his latest songs. Check out David’s music here.
All told, it was a hugely rewarding day — special thanks to Julia, Marilee, and Julie for making it happen. We’re looking forward to more shows in the San Francisco Bay Area later this year!
Vlad Dupre at the Davis Friends Meeting House.
Even though the book came out at the end of 2013, Here on the Edge is listed as a finalist in the History category for the Book of the Year Award (BOTYA) by ForeWord Reviews, the national review source for librarians and booksellers. The winner will be announced at the American Library Association Annual Conference on June 27 in Las Vegas.
Library Journal: Review, 2/14/14
The primary source of library reviews places Here on the Edge directly beneath Robert M. Gates’s “Memoirs of a Secretary at War.” The editors must have had a field day!
Had a fantastic gig at the McMenamins Kennedy School History Pub on Jan. 27. Full house, lots of great questions during the Q&A, and once again sold out of books! Also, McMenamins videotaped the entire talk, from Eliza’s great intro through the Q&A session. Thanks to Orlando at McMenamins, Eliza Canty-Jones at the Oregon Historical Society, and as always, Tom Booth at OSU Press. For those of you who haven’t been able to make the events, here’s a taste of what goes on.
What do Allen Ginsberg’s Howl and a World War II conscientious objectors camp on the Oregon Coast have in common? Come find out at the first 2014 History Pub at McMenamins Kennedy School, January 27, at 7:00 p.m.
Here on the Edge is highlighted on the Oregon Historical Society’s suggested reading list for January. You can order a copy through their Museum Store. I’ll also be signing copies at the History Pub at McMenamins Kennedy School on Jan. 27. Book sales will be handled by OHS there as well. Support your neighborhood bookstores and regional institutions. Buy local!
If you’re looking for last-minute gifts, I just signed a few books at Tsunami Books and also at the Lane County Historical Museum in Eugene. For you Portland shoppers, there are a few copies at Powell’s. Head on down to your local independent bookseller and take part in the local economy!
I’ll be up in Portland at the Oregon Humanities Holiday Party on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 4:00–7:00 p.m., signing books and exchanging stories. They asked me about a book that changed my view of Oregon. Two titles immediately came to mind. Read about them here.
I’ll be at some holiday parties and fairs in Eugene and Portland, signing books, answering questions, and maybe picking up a few stories myself along the way. You’ll even be able to purchase copies of my Opal Whiteley monograph, published in 2012, with all proceeds going to the Lane County Historical Society. Check the Events page for details.
Join us for the Eugene launch of Here on the Edge, featuring a slideshow and a special one night-only exhibit of rare items from the library Special Collections. Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 7:00 p.m. Go to the Events page for maps and directions.
Here’s the poster:
I’d already written a handful of short pieces on the book for mainstream media outlets. But Eugene Weekly is an alternative newspaper (and a damn fine one). They wanted something that the mainstream press hadn’t printed, so I sat down and thought about my research on war and peace and how we treat dissent in this country. Here’s what I found…
Was up in Portland yesterday for a talk at Powell’s Books. Fine audience, great questions, a good launch. Had a nice interview on KBOO radio’s “Between the Covers” program.
By the way, KBOO is a true heir to Berkeley’s KPFA, the original community radio station founded by Lewis Hill, a World War II conscientious objector with ties to the Fine Arts at Waldport.