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August 6, 2015


Behind every incredible book is a hardworking author. The kind of author who is willing to trek into fields every morning, or take their dinner amidst a stack of books. These writers pour passion into their work, attempting to convey via pen or keyboard a revelation that they simply need to share with others. And while we as readers certainly enjoy the end product of their labors, rarely do we discover the people behind the pages.

So, before you’re able to delve into our forthcoming fall list, we thought a brief introduction was in order. Readers, meet our Fall 2015 writers:



Author: Michael Helquist Helquist

Book: Marie Equi: Radical Politics and Outlaw Passions

Release Month: September

Website: http://www.michaelhelquist.com/

Occupation: Historian, journalist, editor, and activist

Quick Fact: Helquist’s interest in the project stemmed in part from the modern relevance of Equi’s struggles. “How Equi fought for justice makes her life story compelling to general readers and scholars interested in the issues of her day and to anyone committed to similar challenges today,” he explains on his blog.



Author: Max G. Geier Geier

Book: The Color of Night: Race, Railroaders, and Murder in the Wartime West

Release Month: October

Website: http://www.wou.edu/~geierm/

Occupation: Professor of History, Emeritus

Quick Fact: Geier’s areas of scholarly specialization include public history, environmental history, and North American history. He is the author of two books on the history of forest science research in the Pacific Northwest.



Author: Sue Armitage Armitage

Book: Shaping the Public Good: Women Making History in the Pacific Northwest

Release Month: October

Website: http://libarts.wsu.edu/history/faculty-staff/emeritus.asp

Occupation: Emerita Professor of History and Women’s Studies

Quick Fact: Armitage has coedited three collections of work by and about western women. Her forthcoming book focuses on women—famous and little-known alike—who helped shape Pacific Northwest society.



Author: Ellen Eisenberg Eisenberg

Book: Embracing a Western Identity: Jewish Oregonians, 1849-1950

Release Month: October

Website: http://willamette.edu/cla/history/faculty/eisenberg/

Occupation: Professor of American History

Quick Fact: Eisenberg’s publication coincides with the Oregon Jewish Museum’s online exhibit and documentary centered around the Oregon Jewish experience. This title will be followed by a second book documenting the decades following 1950.



Author: Dale Soden Soden

Book: Outsiders in a Promised Land: Religious Activists in Pacific Northwest History

Release Month: October

Website: http://www.whitworth.edu/academic/Faculty/index.aspx?username=dsoden

Occupation: Professor of History

Quick Fact: Soden maintains a collection of historic photos of Washington state, most of which contain themes of power and transportation. You can view some of them here.



Author: Lawrence A. Landis Landis

Book: A School for the People: A Photographic History of Oregon State University

Release Month: October

Website: http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/staff/landisl

Occupation: Director of OSU Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives Research Center

Quick Fact: When visiting OSU’s archives, turn to Landis for help with OSU history, historic photographs, preservation of archival materials, digital collections, and historic preservation issues.



Editor: Lorraine Anderson, assisted by Abby Phillips Metzger WildintheWillamette

Book: Wild in the Willamette: Exploring the Mid-Valley’s Parks, Trails, and Natural Areas

Release Month: November

Website: https://www.facebook.com/WildInTheWillamette

Occupation(s): This guidebook was created via contributions from forty-plus outdoor enthusiasts and noted writers.

Quick Fact: All proceeds from Wild in the Willamette will be donated to Greenbelt Land Trust. The book was inspired by the passion and work of Gail Achterman, former director of the Institute for Natural Resources at OSU.



Author: George Moskovita (Introduction by Carmel Finley and Mary Hunsicker) Moskovita

Book: Living Off the Pacific Ocean Floor: Stories of a Commercial Fisherman

Release Month: November

Occupation: Commercial fisherman

Quick Fact: Moskovita made his living off the sea for more than sixty years. This new edition of his fascinating memoir includes an introduction and notes from Finley, an historian of science, and Hunsicker, an aquatic and fisheries scientist.



Editors: Scott Slovic and Paul Slovic Slovic

Book: Numbers and Nerves: Information, Emotion, and Meaning in a World of Data

Release Month: November

Websites: http://www.uidaho.edu/class/english/scott-slovic | http://psychology.uoregon.edu/profile/pslovic/

Occupations: Professor of Literature & Environment | Professor of Psychology

Quick Fact: The Slovics are a father-son duo whose work studies systemic problems within cultural patterns and societies that prevent individuals from fully processing numerical information.



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