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February 19th, 2015


Former governor John Kitzhaber resigned from his gubernatorial post last Friday in a published letter to Kate Brown, the Secretary of State at the time. Kitzhaber announced his resignation in response to investigations regarding alleged financial misconduct with his fiancée, Cylvia Hayes. Accusations against the pair bubbled to a boiling point just weeks after Kitzhaber began his unprecedented fourth term in office.


Within the span of a single letter, Oregon lost a prominent politician, gained a new governor, and opened a groundbreaking chapter in state political history.


Although Kitzhaber is not the first Oregon governor to have stepped down, he is the first to do so amidst such controversy and confusion. According to the Oregon Blue Book, four other governors have resigned since the territory achieved statehood. 


“The current situation [of Governor Kitzhaber’s resignation] is without precedent,” said OSU Press author Tom Marsh via email. “True, several Oregon governors have resigned from office—Douglas McKay being the most recent governor to do so. In McKay’s case, he resigned to take the cabinet seat of Secretary of the Interior in the Eisenhower administration. Not so with John Kitzhaber. Never has a sitting Oregon governor resigned under these circumstances.”


Marsh, a former state legislator himself, is the author of To the Promised Land: A History of Government and Politics in Oregon, published in 2012. Marsh’s work serves as the first comprehensive political history of Oregon, following important political figures and ballot measures throughout the state’s undulating social and economic narrative. An essential volume for anyone interested in understanding the foundations of the modern political climate, To the Promised Land places Oregon within the greater context of national politics.


Following the state constitutional order of succession, former Secretary of State Kate Brown was sworn into the gubernatorial office Wednesday. With her inauguration, Brown became Oregon’s first openly bisexual governor and only the second female to hold the seat.*


“This is a sad day for Oregon,” Brown said in a statement published by CNN. “But I am confident that legislators are ready to come together to move Oregon forward.”


Oregon’s first female governor, Barbara Roberts, certainly knew a thing or two about progress during her governorship from 1991 to 1995. A “trailblazer in a state that knows something about pioneers,” as Sen. Jeff Merkley called her, Roberts recounts her story in Up the Capitol Steps: A Woman’s March to the Governorship. The book follows her own unlikely rise to power, documenting what leadership is like for a female in politics.


Both To the Promised Land and Up the Capitol Steps offer readers a unique and timely perspective on the current period of upheaval. In order to fully understand the complications and consequences of today’s world, a reflective look backwards is often useful.


To stay informed, here are four of OSU Press’s most topically pertinent and powerful titles:


·       To the Promised Land: A History of Government and Politics in Oregon by Tom Marsh

·       Up the Capitol Steps: A Woman’s March to the Governorship by Barbara Roberts

·       With Grit and By Grace: Breaking Trails in Politics and Law, A Memoir by Betty Roberts, with Gail Wells

·       Remembering the Power of Words: The Life of an Oregon Activist, Legislator, and Community Leader by Avel Louise Gordly, with Patricia A. Schechter


You can purchase these items on our website by selecting the “Add to Cart” link on the respective book pages, or by calling 1-800-621-2736.






*Kate Brown will be the third female to sit as acting governor in Oregon, according to information gathered by the Statesman Journal. Carolyn B. Shelton officially served as acting governor for one weekend in 1909 when her boss, Gov. George Chamberlain, left to accept a U.S. Senate position and his successor, Frank Benson, was too sick to be sworn in immediately. Her unique position resulted from a small clause in state law that required a governor’s private secretary to become acting head of state in times of absence or illness. Ironically, it would not be until 1912 that women were given the right to vote in Oregon. Most personal secretaries at this time were male.

February 11th, 2015

It’s raining. It’s pouring. The old man is snoring. And you? You, my friend, are searching for a book with which to curl up by the fire. You’re looking for the perfect title to alleviate the drudgery of a drizzly Oregon day, something to excite your senses and spark your synapses. And what better way to spend a day indoors than snuggled beneath a blanket, hot cocoa in hand, eyes glued to a page? I’ll answer that one for you: none.


Still not convinced? Then here’s some inspiration from your fellow book lovers at OSU Press. Grab your heated blanket, prepare the hot water, and read on to hear some of our staff’s recommended rainy day reads.




Marty Brown, Marketing Manager


Trask by Don Berry


I’m a sucker for historical novels and all things Oregon, so how could I not love Don Berry’s TraskTrask? Loosely based on the life of Elbridge Trask, an early fur trapper and mountain man, the novel follows its eponymous character as he treks in the early 1850’s from the Clatsop Plains, near Astoria, to the mouth of Tillamook Bay. Trask takes the form of a hero’s journey, but this is not your typical myth of manifest destiny. The story is sensitive to the many complexities of native culture and has a strong spiritual thread running through it. It’s full of adventure and the search for meaning at the wet edge of the continent. For best effect, read it while wrapped in a Pendleton blanket.


The Next Tsunami by Bonnie Henderson


As long as we’re on the north coast of Oregon, I have to mention The Next Tsunami by Bonnie TheNextTsunamiHenderson. Like a lot of other people, I have a certain…  prurient fascination with natural disasters. I thought that Henderson might offer a cautionary tale, a dark vision of how our coast will look after its bays and estuaries are scoured out by the next big tsunami, with marinas reduced to match sticks, collapsed highway bridges, underwater shopping districts, and etc. Instead, I finished this book with an uncanny sense of calm and hope. Henderson tells the story of how scientists came to discover the Cascadia Subduction Zone and definitively proved the Pacific Coast’s long geological history of earthquakes and tsunamis. Thanks to Henderson’s skillful telling, this history of science unfolds like a mystery. Who knew that geologists could be such fascinating characters?


Up all Night by Martha Gies


What else? We have so many worthy books and authors on our list, I could go on all day, and all then all night. Which reminds me of Up all Night by Martha Gies, another personal favorite. This collection of stories about swing- and graveyard-shift workers takes readers on a guided tour of one city’s nocturnal professions. That city happens to be Portland, but it could be anywhere. Night workers live in a country all their own, and Gies is a friendly, companionable guide.




Tom Booth, Associate Director


Three books that I’m likely to pull from the shelf during the dark, wet days of an Oregon winter:


Mink River by Brian Doyle

Doyle’s debut novel brings to life a wet Oregon coastal town through the jumbled lives and braided stories of its people. Rain, “in every form from mist to sluice,” is a constant presence in the book: 


"Rain slips and slides along hawsers and chains and ropes and cables and gladdens the cells of MinkRivermosses and weighs down the wings of moths. It maketh the willow shiver its fingers and thrums on doors of dens in the fens. It falls on hats and cats and trucks and ducks and cars and bars and clover and plover. It grayeth the sand on the beach and fills thousands of flowers to the brim. It thrills worms and depresses damselflies. Slides down every window rilling and murmuring. Wakes the ancient mud and mutter of the swamp, which has been cracked and hard for months. Falls gently on leeks and creeks and bills and rills and the last shriveled blackberries like tiny dried purple brains on the bristle of bushes."


Up All Night by Martha Gies UpAllNight

Martha Gies guides readers on a nocturnal tour of Portland, offering fascinating profiles of the graveyard shift workers who keep our city running after dark. I grew up here and have lived in Portland for most of my life—but Gies shows a side of the city that even longtime locals haven’t encountered. It’s one of the great unsung books about Portland.


Land Snails and Slugs of the Pacific Northwest by Thomas Burke, with photographs by William P. Leonard LandSnails

An essential tome for understanding and identifying terrestrial slugs and snails in the Pacific Northwest. Know thy neighbor.





Faye Chadwell, Director


Breaking Chains by R. Gregory Nokes BreakingChains


Greg Nokes explores an important aspect of Oregon’s history that I don’t believe a lot of Oregonians know.  That includes Oregonians who moved here like myself 20 years ago.




Ava Helen Pauling by Mina Carson AvaHelenPauling


Mina Carson’s biography is the first ever to reveal more of the personal side of the Paulings’ life together.  More importantly, she rightfully establishes or acknowledges Ava Helen’s contributions to Linus Pauling’s anti-nuclear stance for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.  Arguably many feel like this should have been his 2nd shared Nobel Prize.



Mink River by Brian Doyle Kesey


I love reading and rolling along with Brian Doyle’s lyrical prose.  I would actually recommend reading this title and Kesey’s Sometimes a Great Notion.  Together the two provide two worthwhile perspectives on coastal communities in Oregon albeit separated by time and imagination of their respective authors.






Still looking for the perfect rainy day read? Browse our online database, read some previous blog post synopses, or request a print copy of our Spring 2015 catalog. Questions, comments, or concerns? Shoot us an email!


February 6th, 2015


The opinions expressed below are those of intern Victoria Hittner and not necessarily those of OSU Press.


I despised the phrase “look it up in the dictionary” as a child. We’ve all seen it happen: intrepid young student asks teacher for spelling advice, only to be sent toward the giant tome on the shelf. A tome that’s alphabetized. With a student who’s questioning the letter arrangement of a word.


While the illogical practice may have infuriated the obstinate younger me, it also fulfilled the purpose my teachers had intended. Each time I shuffled to the shelf, I Dictionarybecame lost in the cadence and mystery of words I didn’t know. Flipping pages was no longer such a chore because I fell in love with the intricate English lexicon. The written word quickly became a personal fascination, one that has followed me into adulthood.


And so, to appease my inner logophile (and offer silent salute to my elementary school teachers), below is a brief list of words, inspired by our Spring 2015 new releases.* Each new title has been assigned a single descriptor. It’s like our very own Merriam-Webster, OSU Press special edition. Alphabetized and all.




connectivity (n): the quality, state, or capability of being connective or connected


For the Love of Rivers by Kurt Fausch


In his latest publication, Fausch explores more than just the ecology of stream environments. Expounding upon the beauty and mystery so entangled with our world’s water systems, Fausch uses his own field experience to link fact with emotion. For the Love of Rivers explores how science connects aquatic ecosystems to their streamside forests and the organisms found there—including humans.



consciousness (n.): the normal state of being awake and able to understand what is happening around you


Silviculture and Ecology of Western U.S. Forests, Second Edition by John C. Tappeiner, et al.


The modern concept of silviculture has grown to encompass a multitude of important topics, adding forest health and aesthetics to traditional ideas of reforestation and timber harvest. Four esteemed forestry professors combined research and passion to create an updated edition of this comprehensive reference—the only text that focuses on silviculture in western U.S. forests. Silviculture and Ecology adds a new dimension to conservation and consumerism, showing how contemporary silvicultural practices help prevent the two concerns from becoming mutually exclusive.



continuity (n.): something that is the same or similar in two or more things and provides a connection between them 


Environment and Society in the Japanese Islands, edited by Bruce L. Batten and Philip C. Brown


Brilliant thinkers from fields like history, geography, and climatology lend their knowledge to this compilation, exploring the historical connection between environment and the Japanese people. Through these essays, Batten and Brown introduce readers to the idea of continuity, challenging previous notions that pre-modern and modern environmental history cannot be compared in tandem.



drive (n.): an impelling culturally acquired concern, interest, or longing 


Money Trees by Emily K. Brock


What fostered the modern American conception of forests and their value? Emily Brock explores this question in Money Trees, following traditional political debates to the current wilderness movement. Using the forests of the Pacific Northwest as a guide, Brock provides an interdisciplinary history of industrial and public views of American forests, adding provocative commentary on the driving forces behind political currents and forest management practices.



essence (n.): the basic nature of a thing; the quality or qualities that make a thing what it is


Honey in the Horn by H. L. Davis


Beloved Oregon author H. L. Davis’s award-winning work returns to print in this new edition, containing an introduction by historian Richard W. Etulain. Honey in the Horn chronicles the adventures of Clay Calvert, a young ranch hand who journeys across Oregon in search of a new start. Along the way, he meets a score of fascinating characters from a variety of ethnicities and backgrounds. Perhaps even more poignant than when it was first released, Davis’s work captures the true essence of Oregon’s pioneer spirit in a way that avoids melodrama but smacks of veracity.



mold (v.): to give shape to; to determine or influence the quality or nature of 


Toward a Natural Forest by Jim Furnish


The verb, not the kind that grows in old, damp apartments! Jim Furnish’s memoir follows his rapid career rise through the ranks of the U.S. Forest Service at the turn of the century. Working in a field mired in controversy, Furnish struggled balancing his growing passion for conservationism with loyalty to his employer. As the department as a whole was being shaped by changing public interests, so, too, was a man molded by his environment. Offering a unique inside view to the industry, Furnish explores the pitfalls—and important potential—of the Forest Service in global conservation efforts.



perseverance (n.): the quality that allows someone to continue trying to do something even though it is difficult


American Dreamers by Ken Austin, with Kerry Tymchuk


How did a kid from rural Oregon turn a tiny kitchen-based operation into a global manufacturer? Ken Austin and his wife, Joan, founders of dental equipment company A-dec, reflect on the journey of perseverance and dedication that led to their current business and philanthropic success. Following the renowned “A-dec way,” the Austins prove that good ol’ hard work and compassion truly do pay off.



purpose (n.): the aim or goal of a person; what a person is trying to do, become, etc.


Naked in the Woods by Margaret Grundstein


Utopia or dystopia? Or somewhere in between? Margaret Grundstein reflects upon her time in a hippie commune in the backwoods of Oregon, living off the land in harmony with the environment and other people—at least initially. Disillusionment, rifts, and reality eventually invaded the small community, tearing apart a settlement founded on unity. Naked in the Woods explores the interrelated ideas of human nature and social change, leaving readers with much to think about beyond the final page.



stewardship (n.): the conducting, supervising, or managing of something, especially: the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care


Building a Better Nest by Evelyn Searle Hess


Evelyn Searle Hess’s latest book explores sustainable living on a personal and detailed level, following the construction of Hess’s cabin in the foothills of the Oregon Coast Range. Throughout the process, Hess determined that a sustainable life involves more than just recycled products; it requires cooperative and healthy human relationships, too. Building a Better Nest asks readers to think outside the box to ponder whether the quality of the local watershed and quality of human life are truly separate issues at all.



syncretism (n.): the combination of different forms of belief or practice


At the Hearth of the Crossed Races by Melinda Marie Jette


Melinde Jette delves into the syncretic explosion that occurred within the French Prairie area of the Willamette Valley during westward expansion. Far from undeveloped during the 1850s, the French Prairie area teemed with a complex culture all its own: the Ahantchuyuk Kalapuyan people and French settlers who lived in comfortable mingled communities. This synthesis of cultures fostered a hale and happy valley, which was later disrupted by the Anglo-American pioneers’ institution of settler colonialism and racial exclusion. At the Hearth of the Crossed Races provides a glimpse of oft-unseen Oregon history and underlines the complexity of differing social values and traditions.



trailblazing (adj.): making or pointing a new way


A Man for All Seasons by William G. Robbins


Go Blazers! And while we do root for the red-and-black adorned basketball team, we’re talking about political trailblazers here. In A Man for All Seasons, William G. Robbins documents the incredible career of politician Monroe Sweetland. A prominent Oregonian during the twentieth century, Sweetland left a lasting legacy upon the region through his involvement with the modern Oregon Democratic Party and National Education Association. A champion of those whose voices were often marginalized, Sweetland pushed for the Bilingual Education Act of 1968 and successfully propelled the ratification of the twenty-sixth amendment in 1971. Robbins’s portrait shows a compassionate, yet conflicted, man whose passion helped shape the modern American political landscape.



universal (adj.): existent or operative everywhere or under all conditions


State of Giving by Greg Chaille and Kristin Anderson


Compassionate people and projects exist around every corner, yet very rarely receive adequate recognition. State of Giving follows the stories of numerous civic leaders, grassroots organizations, and volunteers who make a difference every day, all across Oregon. Covering topics like hunger and homelessness, the urban/rural divide, and education inequity, State of Giving demonstrates there are ways in which anyone, regardless of background, can give back to the community.





Want to learn more about our upcoming titles? You can browse our online Spring 2015 catalog or request a print copy here.



*All definitions taken from www.merriam-webster.com.

January 29th, 2015

Betty Roberts was no stranger to testing societal convention with her indomitable spirit and relentless determination. Returning to college at age 32 as a wife and mother, Roberts would go on to become a teacher, lawyer, state legislator, candidate for governor, and eventually Oregon’s first woman Supreme Court Justice.


Emerging onto the political scene during the tumultuous 1960s, Roberts fought hard for human rights and responsible environmental stewardship. A true political trailblazer, she had a hand in several pieces of groundbreaking state legislature, including Oregon’s ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.


On Friday, Feb. 13, at the Hatfield U.S. Courthouse, Betty Roberts will be honored for her invaluable contributions to the state with an afternoon of short presentations and the grand unveiling of her portrait, which will later reside in the Oregon Supreme Court Building. The celebration, “Portraits of Possibilities: Women at Work,” will feature a myriad of topics, including education, business, and fair labor.


The event boasts several short presentations by nationally prominent women, followed by a BettyRobertsEventkeynote address from Pam Karlan, a peer of Justice Roberts’s who now works for the Federal Civil Rights Division. Other speakers include Cait Clarke, Alice Tang, and Seema Patel, among others. Guests are invited to stay after the presentations and unveiling for a reception with wine, beer, and tasty snacks—“just like Betty would have liked,” according to the event invitation.


The portrait itself was funded through generous donations to the Betty Roberts Portrait Project, and facilitated by an independent portrait committee. Its artist, Lynda Lanker, is a local lithographer and painter celebrated for her stark and powerful portraiture of women. For the past two decades, Ms. Lanker has traveled across the western United States, bringing the spirit of tenacious women alive through her “Tough by Nature” art collection.


LyndaLanker“Betty Roberts’s family and the Portrait Committee are excited by the power of Ms. Lanker’s portraits, and by her ability to convey her subjects’ depth of personality and strength of character,” said coordinators on the portrait project website. “We cannot think of a better subject for her talents than Justice Betty Roberts.”


Space is limited, so those interested in attending must register and RSVP online. The event will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. in the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse, located in Portland, Ore. Adult tickets are $10 apiece, while students may attend for free. Copies of Betty Roberts’s memoir, With Grit and By Grace, will be available for purchase from the Oregon Historical Society at the event.


Anyone who can spare the time is invited to attend this momentous celebration, aptly inclusive and inspiring in honor of the woman who continually used her talents to better the whole of the community around her.


Perhaps the portrait project website enumerates it best: “Justice Roberts’s portrait will join those of her predecessors in the Oregon Supreme Court Building—a powerful gesture of long overdue recognition.”



Photos courtesy of Oregon Historical Society and bettyroberts.net.

January 22nd, 2015

It’s trivia time! Put on your thinking cap and find a comfortable seat; the OSU Press is a fascinating place to work and we want to share some of the fun. Keep scrolling to test your knowledge about the Press, its authors, and some of its most popular titles. Here’s a hint: browsing the website and our catalog may be a shrewd quiz-taking tactic.


Think you have what it takes to be an OSU Press Whiz Kid? Let’s find out! Answers to all questions can be found at the bottom of the page.




1.    When was Oregon State University Press founded?

a.      1970

b.     1961

c.      1954

d.     1943


2.    How many books has OSU Press published?

a.      About 400

b.     About 300

c.      About 500

d.     About 700


3.    One of our first titles, Weather of Oregon, initially retailed at what price?

a.      $1.50

b.     $0.75

c.      $1.25

d.     $2.25


4.    How many catalog editions does the Press publish each year?

a.      3

b.     4

c.      1

d.     2


5.    Which author had a book published by OSU Press in 2014?

a.      Aimee Lyn Eaton, Collared

b.     Judith L. Li, Ellie’s Log

c.      Tim Palmer, Field Guide to Oregon Rivers

d.     Steve McQuiddy, Here on the Edge


6.    OSU Press belongs to which national organization?

a.      United Press Association

b.     Association of American University Presses

c.      University Press Association

d.     United National Press Organization


7.    Which OSU Press book features a bird on its cover?

a.      Mink River by Brian Doyle

b.     Morning Light by Barbara Drake

c.      To the Woods by Evelyn Searle Hess

d.     Nature’s Justice, edited by James M. O’Fallon


8.    Which republished work is the only Oregon book to have ever won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction? (Hint: it’s on our Spring 2015 list!)

a.      The Prairie Keepers by Marcy Houle

b.     Illahe by Kay Atwood

c.      A Man for All Seasons by William G. Robbins

d.     Honey in the Horn by H.L. Davis


9.    How many university presses exist in the state of Oregon?

a.      1

b.     2

c.      3

d.     4


10. How many titles are slated for publication by OSU Press this Spring 2015 season?

a.      10

b.     6

c.      12

d.     8






1.    B. 1961.  The OSU Press was founded the same year Oregon State University adopted its current name.


2.    A. About 400.  That’s a lot of books to put on your reading list!


3.    B. $0.75.  That would buy you…half a stick of gum today?


4.    D. 2.  The Press prints two different catalogs each year, one for each the fall and spring seasons. Our catalogs are available both online and in hard copies upon request.


5.    C. Tim Palmer.  His book, Field Guide to Oregon Rivers, is a popular, colorful work that explores 120 different waterways throughout the state. You can take a look at it here.


6.    B. Association of American University Presses.  The AAUP contains 136 members with representatives in 12 countries.


7.    A. Mink River by Brian Doyle.  One of the Press’s few novels and a favorite among readers, the book follows the adventures and misadventures of residents of a tiny coastal town in Oregon. Read more here.


8.    D. Honey in the Horn by H.L. Davis.  You can read the Oregon classic, as well as a new introduction by Richard W. Etulain, when it prints this June!


9.    A. 1.  Yay for being unique!


10. C. 12.  We have a packed front list coming this spring, covering topics from forestry to philanthropy. You can view our Spring 2015 catalog here.


January 15th, 2015

The opinions expressed below are those of intern Victoria Hittner and not necessarily those of Oregon State University Press.


Long holiday weekends are lovely. They provide time for extra recreation, a little relaxation, and perhaps even the opportunity to read a book! But they also offer opportunities for reflection upon why that third day off exists. As Martin Luther King, Jr. Day approaches, we may not all have the capacity to effect change as Dr. King did. We do, however, have the tools necessary to support and aid others within our own communities.


So, in honor of MLK Day, here is a list of several powerful memoirs, biographies, and histories. Follow the lives of the movers and shakers of the Pacific Northwest as they stood up for what they believed in, achieved the near impossible, and made our little pocket of the world an even more beautiful place to live.




A Force for Change

By Kimberley Mangun

Willa Award Winner


African American journalist Beatrice Morrow Cannady bravely utilized her profession to ForceforChangefight segregation and discrimination between 1912 and 1936. A Force for Change highlights Cannady’s important role in advocating for better race relations in Oregon in the early decades of the twentieth century. Using her skills as a reporter, editor, and publisher, Cannady lobbied for the protection of human rights, no matter one’s color or station in life. Mangun’s work helps dispel the myth that African Americans played little part in Oregon’s history and restores due recognition to a woman who played a vital role in developing Oregon politics.



Remembering the Power of Words

By Avel Louise Gordly with Patricia A. Schechter


Remembering the Power of Words recounts the personal and professional journeRememberingthePowerofWordsy of Avel Gordly, the first African-American woman elected to the Oregon State Senate. A brave and honest telling of Gordly’s life, the book follows the struggles of growing up black in Portland in the mid-twentieth century and the incredible power and resilience that stem from determination. Important as a biographical account of one significant Oregonian’s story, Remembering the Power of Words also contributes broader narratives on black history and women’s rights within the state.



Sonny Montes and Mexican American Activism in Oregon

By Glenn Anthony May

Finalist, Oregon Book Award


On one level a biography of Oregon’s leading Mexican American activist, this book also tells SonnyMontesthe broader story of the state’s Mexican American community during the 1960s and 1970s, a story in which Sonny Montes had an important part. Montes became a community leader and visible public figure after his work in collective action like sit-ins, protest marches, and prayer vigils—always with a consistently high level of Chicano support. May’s book deepens our understanding of the Chicano Movement in Oregon and beyond as well as providing a much-needed account of the Mexican American community in Oregon during that time period.



Oregon’s Promise

By David Peterson Del Mar


A concise and compelling general history, Oregon’s Promise explores familiar and neglected OregonsPromisepeople and movements in the state’s history, while challenging readers to view Oregon’s past, present and future in a new way. Peterson del Mar shows there’s more to our beautiful state than just Lewis and Clark and the Oregon Trail. Examining both the traditional center of Oregon history and its often overlooked margins, readers will discover that the state’s settlers were much more varied, contentious, complicated and interesting than conventional heroic stereotypes would suggest.



Yours for Liberty

By Jean M. Ward and Elaine A. Maveety


Between 1871 and 1887, Duniway, a leader in the women’s suffrage movement, chronicled YoursforLibertythis “true history” in the pages of The New Northwest, one of the few newspapers in the nation devoted to women’s advancement. This compilation of her work provides a vivid portrait of the pioneering suffragist and the turbulent era during which she lived, when traditional social attitudes and institutions were directly challenged. Duniway’s writing sparks with life, her wit and love of adventure evident in tales of attending séances, falling off stagecoaches, being hung in effigy, and barnstorming the Pacific Northwest in the company of Susan B. Anthony.



Linus Pauling

By Clifford Mead and Thomas Hager


One of the most brilliant scientists and controversial figures of the twentieth century, Linus LinusPaulingPauling was the only person to win two unshared Nobel Prizes. This unique volume gathers his words and those of his contemporaries and students, together with photographs, drawings, and reproductions from the Pauling Papers. As both scientist and citizen, Pauling was passionate and deeply thoughtful. From his penning of renowned book The Nature of the Chemical Bond to his work with vitamin C as a cure for cancer and cold prevention, Pauling left an indelible mark upon the scientific field.



With Grit and By Grace

By Betty Roberts with Gail Wells


We really can do it all, ladies. Take a page from Betty Roberts’ book and use a combination of WithGritByGracetenacity, passion and dedication to chase your own dreams. In her memoir, Justice Roberts reflects on her role as a mother, wife and political trailblazer. Her story is important to the history of women’s struggles to challenge prevailing stereotypes, but it is also a deeply personal story of a life sometimes stark, sometimes humorous, often exhausting, and always brightened with friendships and family.



Asserting Native Resilience

Edited by Zoltan Grossman and Alan Parker

First Peoples Series


With cultures and economies among the most vulnerable to climate-related catastrophes, AssertingNativeResilienceNative peoples are developing responses to climate change that serve as a model for Native and non-Native communities alike. Having survived the historical and ecological wounds inflicted by colonization, industrialization, and urbanization, Indigenous peoples are using tools of resilience that have enabled them to respond to sudden environmental change and protect the habitat of salmon and other culturally vital species. Asserting Native Resilience presents a rich variety of perspectives on Indigenous responses to the climate crisis, reflecting the voices of more than twenty contributors.




Browse our complete list of titles to find more on influential figures and groups in Oregon’s history. While you’re at it, make sure to catch a sneak peek of some our new and upcoming books; there’s always something exciting to read! Who knows, you just may be inspired to effect some change of your own.

January 8th, 2015

We may be in the heart of a chilly Oregon winter, but the Press team is already prepping for spring. January gave us the new year—and our beautiful Spring 2015 catalog! It’s news that’s too exciting to keep to ourselves, so browse below to enjoy a sneak peek of several new titles from OSU Press.




At the Hearth of the Crossed Races HearthofCrossedRaces

Melinda Marie Jette

June 2015


Join Melinda Jette on a fascinating historical journey as she delves into one of the earliest sites of extensive intercultural contact in the Pacific Northwest. The community of French Prairie, located in the fruitful Willamette Valley, served as the destination of choice for many Anglo-Americans who traveled the Oregon Trail. Their arrival uprooted the hearth of “crossed races” where French-Indian and indigenous families had peacefully co-existed for decades. At the Hearth of the Crossed Races provides a window into the oft-ignored multi-racial history of the Pacific Northwest and offers an alternative vision of early Oregon via a community that dared to challenge notions of white supremacy, racial separation, and social exclusion.



Money Trees MoneyTrees

Emily K. Brock

April 2015


Money Trees offers readers a nuanced vision of forestry’s history and its past relationship to both wilderness activism and scientific ecology. Emily Brock begins by exploring early twentieth century environmental changes in the Douglas fir forests of the Pacific Northwest, eventually covering the subsequent national challenges and policies that shaped forest management for decades to come. From land management gurus to amateur environmentalists, Money Trees offers anyone interested in natural resources a fresh perspective on forestry.



Honey in the Horn HoneyintheHorn

H.L. Davis with introduction by Richard W. Etulain

June 2015


Originally published in 1935, Honey in the Horn has become something of a state treasure. Full of humor and humanity, H.L. Davis’s novel transcends the limitations of its time through the sheer power and beauty of his haunting prose. Set in Oregon in the early years of the twentieth century, Honey in the Horn chronicles the struggles of homesteading in a poignant and very real manner, bringing the spirit of Oregon alive without romanticizing the lives of her early settlers.



For the Love of Rivers FortheLoveofRivers

Kurt D. Fausch

February 2015


What lies beneath the shimmering beauty of rivers? Stream ecologist Kurt Fausch helps his readers find an answer via his own research, as well as the breakthrough work of river ecologist Shigeru Nakano. More than simply a book about stream ecology, For the Love of Rivers celebrates the interconnectedness of life, exploring the human fascination with rivers and what we can do now to ensure preservation of their natural power and image.



A Man for All Seasons ManforAllSeasons

William G. Robbins

June 2015


Historian William Robbins illuminates the wrenching transformation of American political culture during the twentieth century by looking at the life of prominent Oregon political leader Monroe Sweetland. Racial and economic inequalities motivated much of Sweetland’s civic life, propelling him into the national spotlight and earning him a secure spot in regional memory for generations to come. From the Bilingual Education Act of 1968 to the 26th Amendment, Sweetland fought for important legislation that would later shape the entire political landscape of America.




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December 4th, 2014


Okay, so perhaps Jane Austen didn’t quite phrase it that way, but there’s a reason books make excellent gifts. Their luster doesn’t fade like clothing, diminish quickly like food, or become obsolete like electronics. Instead, our favorite titles seem to grow more powerful and poignant with time. So make your shopping simple—and meaningful—this holiday season. Browse below to find the perfect literary gift for everyone on your list. Place your orders this week to ensure their timely arrival!

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The Outdoorsman (or woman)

Field Guide to Oregon Rivers by Tim Palmer


The quintessential reference for all travelers, outdoor enthusiasts and resource professionals who wish to enjoy Oregon’s breathtaking waterways. Palmer profiles 120 regional rivers with notes about nature and fish, prospects for conservation and essential tips about where to see each river, find the best hiking trails and paddle to your heart’s content. With more than 150 vibrant color photographs, this volume is a vital outdoor companion for Oregonians and visitors alike.



The Semi-Obsessed Scientist

Diary of a Citizen Scientist by Sharman Apt Russell


A timely exploration of the burgeoning phenomenon of citizen science, Sharman Apt Russell’s book employs the author’s own study of tiger beetles to highlight the important role that citizen scientists play in global environmental activism and conservationism. From tracking bird migrations to counting stardust for NASA, citizen scientists are changing the way research gets done. Who knows, you might even be inspired to join a cutting edge project yourself!



The Kid at Heart

Children and Other Wild Animals by Brian Doyle


A compilation of short vignettes, Children and Other Wild Animals weaves the chaotic beauty of nature with the fresh optimism of youth. Doyle’s exuberant prose is at once lyrical, daring and refreshing. You’ll find a palpable sense of wonder on every page, bursting with reflections so startlingly true you’ll pause to reread. Join Doyle on this unexpected adventure and you just may find yourself celebrating the small things that are not small in the least.



The Actual Kid

Ellie’s Log by Judith L. Li


Bursting with colored pen-and-ink drawings, Ellie’s Log follows the story of ten-year-old Ellie and her new friend, Ricky, who set out on explorations around the forest near Ellie’s home. Together, they learn about habitats, the life cycle of forests and the delicate balance of ecosystems. This interactive book contains pages from Ellie’s field notebook, as well as tips and tricks for young readers who wish to keep a notebook of their own. Explore further with games and information online at ellieslog.org.



The History Buff

Lincoln and Oregon Country Politics in the Civil War Era by Richard W. Etulain


This cross-cultural history demonstrates Abraham Lincoln’s strong connections with the Oregon Country on various political issues—Indian relations, military policies, civil and legal rights, and North-South ideological conflicts—before and during the Civil War years. Contrary to the popular opinion that Pacific Northwest residents were disinterested spectators, Etulain stresses the active role many Oregonians played in shaping both Lincoln’s policies and the political future of the region.


Oregon’s Promise by David Peterson del Mar


A concise and compelling general history, Oregon’s Promise explores familiar and neglected people and movements in the state’s history, while challenging readers to view Oregon’s past, present and future in a new way. Peterson del Mar shows there’s more to our beautiful state than just Lewis and Clark and the Oregon Trail. Examining both the traditional center of Oregon history and its often overlooked margins, readers will discover that the state’s settlers were much more varied, contentious, complicated and interesting than conventional heroic stereotypes would suggest.


Breaking Chains by R. Gregory Nokes


Follow the riveting story of the only slavery case ever adjudicated in Oregon courts—Holmes vs. Ford. Drawing on the court record of this landmark case between Robin Holmes and the man who had promised him freedom, Nokes offers an intimate account of the relationship between a slave and his master. Breaking Chains offers an unparalleled view of the lives of slaves in early Oregon, examining attitudes toward race and revealing contradictions within the state’s history.



Your Daughter

With Grit and By Grace by Betty Roberts


You really can do it all, ladies. Take a page from Betty Roberts’ book and use a combination of tenacity, passion and dedication to chase your own dreams. In her memoir, Justice Roberts reflects on her role as a mother, wife and political trailblazer. Her story is important to the history of women’s struggles to challenge prevailing stereotypes, but it is also a deeply personal story of a life sometimes stark, sometimes humorous, often exhausting, and always brightened with friendships and family.



The Geology Junkie

Living with Thunder by Ellen Morris Bishop


One of the most beautiful books we’ve had the pleasure of publishing! In Living with Thunder, Ellen Morris Bishop offers a fascinating and up-to-date geologic survey of the Northwest. Intended as an introduction for the general reader, Living with Thunder enlivens the regional geological history with engaging writing and the author’s stunning color photographs. In addition, Bishop explores the deep connections between modern scientific findings and the rich cultural traditions of local Native American tribes.



The Fanatic Fiction Reader

Mink River by Brian Doyle


Delve into one of our best-selling titles and fall in love with Brian Doyle’s coastal village of Neawanaka. In this tiny Oregon town, nestled beneath hills that used to boast the world’s biggest trees, a lively community thrums with love affairs and almost-love-affairs, brawls and boats, Irish immigrants and Salish stories, mud and laughter. You’ll be touched by the humanness and curious beauty of the town—and undoubtedly be a little sad to leave as you turn the last page.


The Brightwood Stillness by Mark Pomeroy


Two friends and colleagues, each faced with their own moral dilemma. When Hieu Nguyen, a Portland high school teacher, is accused of sexual misconduct by two of his students, his close friend Nate Davis tries to lend support. But Nate has recently been assaulted by a former student in the school parking lot, an event that catapults him into a long-deferred quest to find out what happened to his uncle, a drifter and Vietnam veteran. As Nate copes with his anxiety, Hieu seeks enough solitude to piece together the story of how he fled war and arrived in the United States. As their stories unfold, Hieu and Nate must confront the ways in which their pasts—each so linked to a mysterious far-off country—have left them isolated men.



The Wine Enthusiast

The Grail by Brian Doyle


A self-described “wine doofus,” Brian Doyle set out to spend a year in one Willamette Valley vineyard, tailing winemaker Jesse Lange and chronicling the creative and chaotic labor that accompanies the pursuit of the perfect pinot noir. Doyle serves as a cheerful tour guide through the world of wine, alert to the colorful and riveting stories that swirl around its creation and consumption. From the surprising buying habits of tasting room visitors to Jesse Lange’s assertion one must “get out of the way of great grapes,” Doyle keeps readers salivating for more of the quirky work—and a glass of pinot noir.


Voodoo Vintners by Katherine Cole


Sorry, no donuts--but we are talking wine! In Voodoo Vintners, wine writer Katherine Cole reveals the mysteries of biodynamic winegrowing, tracing its practice from Paleolithic times to the finest domaines in Burgundy today. At the epicenter of the American biodynamic revolution are the Oregon winemakers who believe that this spiritual style of farming results in the truest, purest pinot noirs possible. Cole introduces these “voodoo vintners,” examining their motivations and rationalizations and explaining why the need to farm biodynamically courses through their blood.



The Foodie

Grow Food, Cook Food, Share Food by Ken Albala


Food often offers more than just sustenance. Mixing food writing and history with a dash of cookbook, author and scholar Ken Albala shares the story of what happened when he embarked on a mission to grow, cook and share food in the ways people did in the past. Obscure 17th-century Italian farmer-nobles, Roman statesmen and quirky cheesemakers offer lessons about our relationship with the food we eat, reminding us of the great pleasures of cooking food and the joy of sharing with family, friends and even strangers.


Pacific Northwest Cheese by Tami Parr


In this rich and engaging history, Tami Parr shows how regional cheesemaking found its way back to the farm. It’s a lively story that begins with the first fur traders in the Pacific Northwest and ends with modern-day small farmers in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Along with documenting the history of the region, Parr reveals some of the Pacific Northwest’s untold cheese stories: the fresh cheese made on the Oregon Trail, the region’s thriving blue and swiss cheese makers, and the rise of goat’s milk and goat’s milk cheese.



The Urban Explorer

An Architectural Guidebook to Portland by Bart King


Perhaps the unofficial “Keep Portland Weird” slogan should be changed to “Keep Portland Beautiful.” Writing for both layperson and professional, Bart King demonstrates why this city is one of the most admired in the nation. Portland’s civic planning, historic preservation and overall attractiveness are all explored in detailed profiles of structures ranging from 19th-century cast-iron front buildings to sleek modern skyscrapers. Find a unique piece of Portland splendor on every page.


One City’s Wilderness by Marcy Cottrell Houle


Escape into the magnificent beauty that is Forest Park, only moments away from bustling downtown Portland. This updated and expanded edition provides directions to twenty-nine hikes of varying length, difficulty, and scenery, covering every trail within the 5,100-acre park. Marcy Houle shares the history of the park, introduces the people who fought to preserve it, and explores the role stewards play today. One City’s Wilderness continues to be the authoritative, full-color guide to Portland’s greatest natural resource.


Wild in the City by Michael C. Houck and M.J. Cody


The essential guide to the Portland-Vancouver region’s wildlife-rich parks, trails, and greenspaces. Try your hand at one of the unique excursions suggested to experience nature from your own backyard to the farthest reaches of the metropolitan area. Interspersed throughout are essays by an impressive collection of local naturalists and essayists, including Ursula K. Le Guin and Robert Michael Pyle.



The Night Owl

Up All Night by Martha Gies


A baker, a nude dancer, a flower market wholesaler, a longshoreman, a newspaper distributor, a shelter worker, a zookeper: what do all these men and women have in common? The night shift. Martha Gies guides readers on a nocturnal tour of unique workplaces, offering a rare insider’s look at the unseen workers who keep the city humming after dark. This fascinating collection of voices from the graveyard shift shows us who is out there in the dark—by choice or by necessity—while the rest of us sleep.



The Person Who Has Everything

How to Live Longer and Feel Better by Linus Pauling


Eminently readable and challenging, Linus Pauling’s work is as powerful today as when it first printed in 1986. Since then, the essential tenets of his thesis on the importance of optimum nutrition remain largely undisputed. Pauling’s simple, inexpensive plan suggests avoiding sugar, stress and smoking, as well as finding joy in a career and one’s family. Supplemented by new information from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, this reprinted edition offers readers a unique insight into the lifestyle and successes of one of the greatest scientists of the twentieth century.




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November 20th, 2014

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, it’s easy to get lost in the fervor of the holiday season or the concerns that surround family gatherings. Author Penelope S. Easton joins us today with a reminder of what the Thanksgiving celebration is truly about. Below, she details an incident that occurred early on in her stint as a dietary consultant in Territorial Alaska. You can read more of Penelope’s adventures in her recently published book, Learning to Like Muktuk.



Thanksgiving at Kanakanak Hospital, 1948


My first ride with a real bush pilot ended with landing on the snow-covered runway in a gale-force wind at Dillingham, Alaska. Schoolboys and their fathers rushed to save my luggage and the small amount of unloaded freight from being blown away. They held down the Piper Cub and me until the chief engineer from Kanakanak Hospital picked me up in a small truck for the six-mile trip southwest on snow-covered, rutted roads. Thanksgiving was only five days away, but it was the furthest thing from my mind at that moment. When my arrival as the new dietary consultant for the Territorial Department of Health had been announced in August of 1948, the Kanakanak people had requested help with weevils in the flour and “smelly” eggs. Instead of facing what should have been easy problems like those, I found a full- blown food shortage crisis. I didn’t believe such gloom was well founded until Betty Riley and I finished our inventory late that night.


Kanakanak Hospital was one of the bigger ANS hospitals, serving the whole Bristol Bay area, and could be reached only by boat or plane to Dillingham. One cook and two helpers prepared three meals a day for fifty people: thirty Native patients, ten of whom were children, as well as contract medical staff and local employees.


Food deliveries came by barge in the summer months to all Alaska Native Hospitals in the northern areas. Desperately needed food might not arrive for as long as ten months. When it did come, no one was certain what the order would include because it had been submitted nearly two years before by a chief nurse, untrained in food purchasing, and who had already left the Territory. Betty was new and unfamiliar with such ordering, but she was bright and cheerful and together we came up with ridiculous solutions, which lightened the tragic outcome of our night’s work.


In November the storeroom should have had enough canned goods to last more than 300 days. Instead we found nineteen cases of corn and spinach, and enough slippery peach halves in thick syrup for one serving per person per day. No other fruit and vegetables were left. There was less than a month’s supply of meat and fish. A favorite protein source for the children, peanut butter, was rancid. Even more disappointing was the 630-days’ supply of soon to-be-rancid butter.


There had been no doctor at Kanakanak when Dr. John Libby had arrived earlier in the year. Since the shortage of food supplies was creating low morale among the staff and patients, he had already sent an emergency request for food to the Alaska Native Service Director in Juneau. Dillingham was a rapidly changing community, shifting from one where the people had lived from the land to one where they worked in canneries, so there was no local food available.


My reception by hospital personnel was complicated because the staff thought I had been sent to solve the food problem. I didn’t learn until my last day that they didn’t realize I was on a routine visit and not Juneau’s answer to their problems.


No plans had been made for any special Thanksgiving dinner, and there seemed little reason for anyone to be thankful; but I thought we should make some effort to celebrate.  Betty and the cook were eager to join me. The hot rolls that the cook made from some flour rescued by sifting out the weevils helped improve the plate of canned beef and gravy, canned corn and spinach. I had found some condensed milk in the nearly empty refrigerator. We diluted and flavored the rich, sugary mixture and made some freezer ice cream to have with the ever-available slippery peach halves. Although I was not particularly crafty, I did know how to make some nut cups from yellow copy paper. The cook filled them with brown sugar fudge from the almost solid brown sugar. We used orange sheets from X-ray film packages for tray covers.


We received some favorable comments but knew such cosmetic changes were not a solution to the food crisis. At a staff meeting the day before I left, a nurse, realizing that I was an innocent party to the sad conditions, said she was glad I didn’t blame them for eating the favorite foods too quickly or make outlandish suggestions for future menus. I didn’t know whether her fear of such behavior was due to the fact that I came from Juneau or because I was a dietitian. Members of my profession were not always perceived as being practical or understanding.


My detailed, urgent report to ANS headquarters received no more attention than did the doctor’s. Food supplies did not arrive for many months. Spring found some of the contract nurses leaving for the lower forty-eight because they were unwilling to suffer through such food-related hardships and became disillusioned with the romance of Alaska.  But Betty and loyal staff stayed to make the best of the situation, form plans for the next Thanksgiving, and enjoy the long awaited sun, fresh fish and beautiful berries of seasons to come.


I spent several weeks teaching nutrition classes for school children and women in the community. The weather delayed my return to Anchorage three times. Finally, the boys and men who had greeted me loaded my luggage for my departure and waved the bush pilot, me, and the Piper Cub off.



 PenelopeEastonPenelope S. Easton learned from an early age to “make do” with what she had, leading to a vibrant spirit of adventure that was essential in preparing her for work in Territorial Alaska. Over a long and distinguished career, she would serve as a clinical dietitian, nutrition consultant, school food service supervisor, professor of dietetics and research assistant. Born in Vermont during the Great Depression, Penelope now lives in Durham, North Carolina. At the age of 91, Learning to Like Muktuk is her first book.

November 12th, 2014

UP Week

“Oregon’s only university press, OSU Press has shined a bright light on the Pacific Northwest and Oregon by publishing exceptional books about its people and landscapes, its flora and fauna, its history and cultural heritage for more than fifty years. A vital part of Oregon State’s mission to serve the people of Oregon, the Press reflects our commitment to new ideas, research, and innovation in service to others. Through the Press, Oregon State engages the broader public as well, extending our reach and influence far beyond our borders.”  

—Dr. Ed Ray, President, Oregon State University


November 9th through the 15th marks the third annual University Press Week, highlighting the extraordinary work of nonprofit scholarly publishers and their many contributions to culture, the academy, and an informed society.


This year’s celebration focuses on vital collaborative projects spearheaded by university and academic presses with research libraries, scholars, and other universities around the world. Members of the Association of American University Presses showcase examples of projects that demonstrate successful collaboration in the Collaborative Projects Gallery.  


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