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Holiday Cheer

Free and open to the public
Sunday, December 3, 2017
12PM – 4PM

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Oregon Historical Society
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Portland, Oregon 97205
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50th Annual Celebration of Oregon Authors

For 50 years, the Oregon Historical Society has celebrated the literary talents of Oregonians at this annual holiday book sale and signing. Meet your favorite author, and take home a personally signed book for the perfect local holiday gift.

All authors who are invited to participate have published in the current year, and many will have multiple books available for sale. Sip on hot cocoa, listen to carols, and get into the spirit of the season as we kick off the holidays at the Oregon Historical Society!

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This event provides the following accommodations:

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2017 Author List

Receipt: Poems

Carl Adamshick
Receipt: Poems, $21

Receipt is a book of two long poems and twenty-three biographies of very small people. Additional Titles Available: Curses and Wishes ($17.95)

Path Into Darkness

Lisa Alber
Path Into Darkness, $15.99

In this "dark, compelling mystery" (Booklist), a troubled suspect is propelled toward a tragic downfall while Detective Sergeant Danny Ahern struggles to walk the narrow path between life and death. Path Into Darkness is a haunting tale of family secrets, madness, and healing in small-town Ireland. Additional Titles Available: Whispers in the Mist ($15.99), Kilmoon ($14.99)

The Only Woman in the Room: The Norma Paulus Story

Pat McCord Amacher
The Only Woman in the Room: The Norma Paulus Story, $24.95

This is the life story of Norma Paulus, Oregon Legislator and Secretary of State from 1977-1985, the first woman to be elected to state-wide office. Engaging and opinionated, charming and forceful, Norma Paulus was widely covered in statewide and national newspapers and television during her eventful, sometimes controversial political career.

A Strong Grip, The Stories of Oregon's Bud Lewis - An Ageless Icon

Sheri C. Anderson
A Strong Grip, The Stories of Oregon's Bud Lewis - An Ageless Icon, $13.95

Sharp, inspiring, ageless Bud Lewis has been a positive influence on people throughout Oregon and beyond. His stories of WWII service in the South Pacific, walking Portland's streets as a beat cop, guiding the Sunshine Division, teaching countless teenagers to drive, serving as the security officer for Portland wrestling matches, winning decathlon competitions at ages 69 through 74 and competing again at age 96, and helping the return of WWII Japanese flags captured on the battlefields of New Guinea, tell of the choices he has made that have molded him into a person others look to for wisdom, guidance, and love of life.

Escape Velocity

Bonnie Arning
Escape Velocity, $16.95

From the moment of a marriage’s heated inception to its period of luminous crowding and onward into distance and darkness, Bonnie Arning’s Escape Velocity asks if it’s possible to exist outside the only universe we’ve ever known. In modes both lyric and narrative, we are given a peephole into the height and decline of a marriage that begins beneath the moving lights of Las Vegas, Nevada, and traverses the devastating terrain of gambling, miscarriage, infidelity, and violence.

Road Dog

Kelley Baker
Road Dog, $16.95

“As Eat, Pray, Love is to love and spirituality, Road Dog is to the raucous, independent, and contented life.” - William M. Akers, author, Your Screenplay Sucks!, Mrs. Ravenbach’s Way. Additional Titles Available: The Angry Filmmaker Survival Guide: Part One Making the Extreme No Budget Film ($14.95), The Angry Filmmaker Survival Guide Part 2: Sound Conversations With (un)Sound People ($19.95)

Native Space

Natchee Blu Barnd
Native Space, $24.95

Native Space explores how indigenous communities and individuals sustain and create indigenous geographies within a settler colonial nation (USA) through place-naming, everyday cultural practices, and artistic interventions. It draws attention to contemporary modes of everyday colonialism, and seeks to disrupt the ongoing work required to deny indigenous space.

Planet Grim

Alex Behr
Planet Grim, $15.99

In twenty-eight stories that will draw blood while making you laugh, Alex Behr's debut collection Planet Grim is a vivid, unsettling portrait of the gritty fringes of San Francisco and Portland, where complicated characters long for connection just out of reach. Behr is an idiosyncratic, unpredictable prose stylist that will remind readers of Miranda July and Mary Gaitskill, and her edge and willingness to cut to the bone make her writing truly original.

Mental Health Emergencies

Nick Benas
Mental Health Emergencies, $15

Ready reference to mental and emotional health crises and concerns, providing overviews and expert guidance on more serious problems. Ideal for first-responders, teachers, counselors, and human resource professionals. Additional Titles Available: Tactical Mobility ($20)

Make a Zine

Joe Biel
Make a Zine, $9.95

Make a Zine covers the history and culture of DIY fanzines as well as instructions on how to create and distribute your own! Additional Titles Available: Good Trouble: Building a Successful Life and Business with Asperger's ($14.95), The CIA Makes Science Fiction Unexciting ($9.95)

Leo's Gift

Susan Blackaby
Leo's Gift, $19.95

Meet Leo—a creative, shy, young boy in search of a special talent that he can share with the world. Curious and persistent, Leo tries all kinds of activities. Then, with the unknowing help of his sister, he discovers music. Leo may seem quiet, but the piano gives him a big voice, helps his confidence soar, and propels him to embrace the treasure inside him and share it with the world. Additional Titles Available: The Twelve Days of Christmas in Oregon ($12.95)

The Vineyard Years

Susan Sokol Blosser
The Vineyard Years, $16.99

Renowned for her progressive and pioneering approach to farming, running a business, and raising a family, Susan Sokol Blosser tells an empowering story through the lens of food and wine and offers iconic recipes and pairings that evoke special memories from each phase of her life among the vines in Oregon.

Biketopia: Feminist Bicycle Science Fiction Stories in Extreme Futures

Elly Blue
Biketopia: Feminist Bicycle Science Fiction Stories in Extreme Futures, $9.95

Biketopia asks the question: Will the future be feminist? That question is answered, of course, with stories about bicycling. Additional Titles Available: Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy ($14.95), Our Bodies, Our Bikes ($14.95)

Rocking Chair at the End of the World

Sarah Bokich
Rocking Chair at the End of the World, $14.99

Sarah Bokich’s collection Rocking Chair at the End of the World invites the reader to share an imperative and deeply human journey to the nebulous intersection of bereavement and renewal. With a unique blend of lyricism and violence that echoes the work of Sylvia Plath, Bokich struggles to ascertain her roles as a woman and mother, while pursuing a central question: how best to love each other in this world and the next.

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail: Oregon

Eli Boschetto
Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail: Oregon, $24.95

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail: Oregon covers the entire 455-mile stretch of the spectacular PCT between Donomore Pass on the California/Oregon border to the Bridge of the Gods on the Oregon/Washington border. It is the most comprehensive and up-to-date resource for hiking the Oregon portion of the world-famous, long-distance trail.

Portland Cooks: Recipes from the City’s Best Restaurants and Bars

Danielle Centoni
Portland Cooks: Recipes from the City’s Best Restaurants and Bars, $32.95

Portland Cooks presents 80 recipes from 40 of Stumptown’s most popular restaurants and bars. From the most modest and unassuming cafes to eclectic neighborhood joints to late-night cocktail bars, the book celebrates the pioneers, game-changers, upstarts, and torch-bearers who help put Portland on the culinary map.

Dangerous Subjects

Kenneth R. Coleman
Dangerous Subjects, $19.95

Dangerous Subjects describes the life and times of James D. Saules, a black sailor who settled in Oregon in 1841. Once the Oregon Trail emigrants began arriving in large numbers in 1843, Saules had to adapt to a new reality in which Anglo-American settlers persistently sought to marginalize and exclude black residents from the region.

A Deadly Bluff, A Dana Madison Mystery

Kathleen Concannon
A Deadly Bluff, A Dana Madison Mystery, $14.99

A Deadly Bluff is a captivating literary crime novel for fans of Nevada Barr, Craig Johnson, and Tony Hillerman. If you love a well-researched mystery steeped in our checkered history, and political intrigue that echoes current events, then you will love Ranger Madison and her engaging team as they unearth secrets about who controls America's natural treasures.

The Hunt for Winter

KC Cowan & Sara Cole
The Hunt for Winter, $18.99

Queen Irene's child is missing and the likely suspect is a wizard. But who would take the boy, and why? Additional Titles Available: Journey to Wizards' Keep ($19)

Railway Palaces of Portland, Oregon: The Architectural Legacy of Henry Villard

Alexander Benjamin Craghead
Railway Palaces of Portland, Oregon: The Architectural Legacy of Henry Villard, $21.99

This book describes the story of the creation of three Portland buildings connected to financier Henry Villard: the unbuilt Grand Central Passenger Station, the now-lost Portland Hotel (both by McKim, Mead, & White), and the extant Union Station (Van Brunt & Howe). Each is interesting on its own, but collectively they also serve as a lens for exploring the rapid, 20-30 year transition of Portland from a colonial outpost to a fully-formed, modern metropolis.


John Daniel
Gifted, $26

Called an "alluring debut novel" by the New York Times Book Review and "one of the best Oregon books of all time" by David James Duncan, Gifted is the story of young Henry Fielder, who comes of age amid the compromised natural beauty of his native Coast Range foothills, the more dangerous wilderness of his relationship with his abusive father, and the emerging complexities of his own being. Additional Titles Available: Rogue River Journal: A Winter Alone ($16), Of Earth: New and Selected Poems ($20)

China Under the Covers: A Binder's Journey to the Roots of Books

Margaret E. Davis
China Under the Covers: A Binder's Journey to the Roots of Books, $24.95

Looking for books in all the right places, longtime bookbinder and writer Margaret E. Davis landed in China to tackle the history of books on paper. A bookbinding manual and an adventure tale, China Under the Covers blends history, romance, and how-to as East and West connect. Additional Titles Available: Steel Standing: 10 Things to Love about an Iconic Bridge (100th-year Anniversary Edition) ($80), Chinese Dreams ($45)


Sheila Deeth
Subtraction, $14.95

Man with a haunted past teaches child with a haunted future. When she goes missing from his class, he leaves on a road trip to find her... haunted by cats! Additional Titles Available: Infinite Sum ($13.95), Divide by Zero ($13.95)

Blood for Wine

Warren C. Easley
Blood for Wine, $15.95

In the fifth book of the Cal Claxton Oregon Mysteries, Cal comes to the aid of his neighbor—a master vintner of Oregon pinots—who's accused of killing his wife. Can Cal unravel the complex frame in time or will he, too, become the target of a cunning killer? Additional Titles Available: Not Dead Enough ($15.95), Never Look Down ($15.95)

Feather Craft— The Amazing Birds and Feathers Used in Classic Salmon Flies

Kevin W. Erickson
Feather Craft— The Amazing Birds and Feathers Used in Classic Salmon Flies, $49.95

First ever photographic and illustrated guide to the unusual and beautiful feathers used in salmon fly patterns, some common, others rare. In addition to macro photos of individual feathers and striking portraits of complete capes, Allison McClay’s classic portraits of birds in the field bring life to the text.

Ernest Haycox and the Western

Richard W. Etulain
Ernest Haycox and the Western, $29.95

This new book describes the ascending literary career of Ernest Haycox, Oregon's most successful writer from the 1920s to the 1960s. It shows Haycox's nationally known reputation as a leading writer of Westerns and other historical fiction. Additional Titles Available: Beyond the Missouri: The Story of the American West ($34.95), Lincoln and Oregon Country Politics in the Civil War Era ($19.95)

The Darkening Dragons

Sarah Everest
The Darkening Dragons, $15

A young truck driver is given the chance to change his destiny. He must decide between the ordinary and becoming a dragon slayer. Additional Titles Available: One Week In November ($18)

Seven Stitches

Ruth Tenzer Feldman
Seven Stitches, $14.95

Portland, 2059. A year after the Cascadia earthquake, Meryem finds her path to recovery by saving a girl in 16th century Istanbul. Seven Stitches joins companion novels The Ninth Day and award-winning Blue Thread. Additional Titles Available: Blue Thread ($12.95), The Ninth Day ($13.95)

Southbound French Settlers

Claudine Fisher
Southbound French Settlers, $20

After the Revolution of 1848, Mathurin decides to leave Paris and emigrate to the new French colony of Algeria. Undertaking the arduous trip by barge from Paris to Marseilles, he and his family cross the Mediterranean Sea by steamboat and travel through the wilderness to settle at the budding colony of Castiglione. This historical novel is the continuing saga of The Reluctant Paris Rebel where Mathurin participates in the French Revolution of 1948. Additional Titles Available: The Reluctant Paris Rebel ($20), The Breton Blackfoot ($20)

Gerry Frank's Where to Find It, Buy It, Eat It in New York, 20th Edition

Gerry Frank
Gerry Frank's Where to Find It, Buy It, Eat It in New York, 20th Edition, $19.95

Completely new and updated 20th edition! Manhattan's most complete guide. Hundreds of new listings. Restaurants, food shops, stores, hotels, services, travel tips and much more. Additional Titles Available: Gerry Frank’s Oregon ($19.95)

Transformed: How Oregon's Public Health University Won Independence and Healed Itself

William Graves
Transformed: How Oregon's Public Health University Won Independence and Healed Itself, $24.95

This book chronicles how Oregon Health & Science University, the state's only academic health center, broke from the state and its university system to become a more independent public corporation. The radical change ignited explosive growth over the next two decades, propelling OHSU from the backwaters to the top echelon of the nation’s medical research universities, as it doubled its research, clinical, and classroom space; tripled its employees; quadrupled its research grants; and expanded its operating budget five-fold. Additional Titles Available: Poisoned Apple: The Bell-Curve Crisis and How Our Schools Created Mediocrity and Failure ($22.95)

Capitol Letters: An Inside View of the Legislative Process

Rep. Mitch Greenlick
Capitol Letters: An Inside View of the Legislative Process, $29.95

During his seven terms in the Oregon State Legislature, Representative Mitch Greenlick has been at the center of the debates and decisions surrounding the important issues of our time. Throughout his service, he kept a diary where he shared his thoughts on the events and issues of the day, which he now shares in Capitol Letters.

Portland Then and Now

Dan Haneckow
Portland Then and Now, $19.95

Portland's rapidly changing cityscape is explored with side by side comparison photographs past and present. The story of Portland's transformation from frontier town to a major west coast city is told through the examination of its buildings, parks, and industries.

Crafty Cat and the Crafty Camp Crisis

Charise Mericle Harper
Crafty Cat and the Crafty Camp Crisis, $13.99

When things get tough, Birdie has an escape. She turns into Crafty Cat—a cat who can craft her way out of any problem. Additional Titles Available: Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! The Good For Nothing Button ($8.99), Lights, Camera, Cook! ($12.99)

Count All Her Bones

April Henry
Count All Her Bones, $17.99

Six months ago, Griffin Sawyer meant to steal a car, but he never meant to steal Cheyenne Wilder, the blind girl asleep in the backseat. Now the two are slated to testify against Griffin's father, Roy, who held Cheyenne for ransom—but Roy has other plans.
Additional Titles Available: Girl, Stolen ($10.99), The Girl I Used to Be ($9.99)


Stephen Holgate
Tangier, $16.95

A tale of danger, mystery, betrayal, and redemption, Tangier presents the remarkable journey of a father and his son told in parallel stories set fifty years apart: one a mystery; the other a tale of WWII espionage.

Richard J. Horswell
Cage of Privilege and Pinnacle of Power, $12.95

Using an array of characters familiar with the trappings of a jet-set lifestyle, Cage of Privilege conjures up a startling tale weaving greed, indulgence, deceit, and corruption together with gluttonous sexual abandon and ravenous drug. The storyline celebrates one family's rise as they become a dominant force in politics and business, highlighting the sometimes savage means they use to build and retain their station at the top echelon of society in Portland's West Hills, Washington, D.C., and beyond.

Cat Call

Mollie Hunt
Cat Call, $14

Sixty-something cat shelter volunteer Lynley Cannon finds more trouble than a cat in catnip! When a friend suffers a bizarre accident on the set of a television pilot, Lynley takes over as cat handler, only to learn the show is "hexed" and murder is waiting in the wings. Additional Titles Available: Cats' Eyes ($14), Placid River Runs Deep ($15)

Haunting Corpse

Paty Jager
Haunting Corpse, $9.99

A runaway bride, murder, and arson has Shandra Higheagle sleuthing again. Sorting through the debris of her best friend’s childhood, Shandra believes she must solve the murder before her friend becomes the next victim. Additional Titles Available: Spirit of the Mountain ($12.99), Fatal Fall ($12.99)

Leonard's of the 1930s & ‘40s: The Great Characters & Legends Of Portland's Unofficial Jewish Community Center

Leonard Kaufman
Leonard's of the 1930s & ‘40s: The Great Characters & Legends Of Portland's Unofficial Jewish Community Center, $26.95

“From 1930 to 1950, Leonard’s was a legendary downtown Portland institution, with a stellar reputation that reached from one coast to the other. This rich, descriptive memoir, warmly written with a lively cadence by Kaufman’s son, revels in and celebrates the characters who populated this important gathering spot.” – Tim Hills, historian, McMenamins Pubs

Pointe, Claw

Amber J. Keyser
Pointe, Claw, $18.99

Jessie is an elite ballet dancer; Dawn's world is full of holes. In a world that seems determined to chew them up, two girls fight to claim the territory of their own bodies. Additional Titles Available: The Long Trail Home ($6.99), One Brave Summer ($6.99)

On the Ragged Edge of Medicine

Patricia Kullberg
On the Ragged Edge of Medicine, $18.95

On the Ragged Edge of Medicine offers a glimpse into a medical practice for the homeless and urban poor. Told through fifteen patient vignettes, and drawn from the author’s decades of experience in Portland, Oregon, this revealing memoir illuminates the impact of poverty on the delivery of health services and the ways in which people adapt and survive (or don’t survive) in conditions of abuse and deprivation. Additional Titles Available: Girl in the River ($14.95)

Negative Return

Jessie Kwak
Negative Return, $7.99

Charm and a knack for explosives have taken Manu Juric a long way in the seedy underbelly of Bulari, but when a contract job goes horribly wrong he finds himself at the mercy of one of the city's most notorious crime lords. Negative Return is a page-turning tale of dangerous heists, unsteady alliances, witty comebacks, and unlikely friendships. Additional Titles Available: Starfall ($7.99), Shifting Borders ($11.99)

Star Scouts

Michael Lawrence
Star Scouts, $14.99

Avani is the new kid in town, struggling to fit in. All that changes when she is accidentally abducted by an alien Star Scout and joins an intergalactic troop where she meets a new group of friends who like her for who she is. Additional Titles Available: Muddy Max: The Mystery of Marsh Creek ($9.99)

Eleanor Baldwin and the Woman's Point of View

Lawrence Lipin
Eleanor Baldwin and the Woman's Point of View, $27.95

This book is an intellectual biography of Eleanor Baldwin, a long-forgotten radical female journalist whose daily women’s columns provide a window into the breadth of intellectual radicalism in Progressive Era journalism, ranging from the spiritual to the political and economic. Her intellectual trajectory brings together what appear to be incongruous political positions, including abolition, monetary radicalism, labor reform, and simultaneous support for Bolshevism and the Ku Klux Klan. Additional Titles Available: Workers and the Wild ($30)

Turtles All the Way: Poems

Rosemary Douglas Lombard
Turtles All the Way: Poems, $14.95

"Born of a reverence for the natural world, informed by many years of scientific and hands-on study of turtle behavior, and guided by the ancient wisdom of poets before her and by the poet's own musical ear, these richly complex poems by Rosemary Lombard remind me there is still wonder to be found in this world. . . . Reader, these poems—with their deft wit and fresh new ways of all that we take for granted—will dance their way into your heart." – Ingrid Wendt, winner, Oregon Book Award in Poetry

Danger by the Sea

Ron Lovell
Danger by the Sea, $15

Tired of running from drug gang members intent on killing him, Oregon attorney Lorenzo Madrid sets up a practice in the college town of Corvallis, Oregon. Instead of a quieter life, he is faced with two vexing cases: getting a young man released from a mental clinic he was wrongfully committed to and trying to help a friend adopt an Ecuadorian boy she took from that country illegally. Additional Titles Available: A Dangerous Assignment ($15), Danger in Unlikely Places ($15)

Write Better Right Now—The Reluctant Writer's Guide to Confident Communication and Self-assured Style

Mary-Kate Mackey
Write Better Right Now—The Reluctant Writer's Guide to Confident Communication and Self-assured Style, $15.99

Award-winning writer and author Mary-Kate Mackey offers a book is for all those who find the act of writing a challenge—but they need to do it anyway. Short, practical, and solution-driven, Write Better Right Now, from Career Press, features fast fixes anyone can use—today.

The Salem Clique

Barbara Mahoney
The Salem Clique, $22.95

During the decade of the 1850s, as the Oregon Territory progressed toward statehood in an atmosphere of intense political passion and conflict, editors of rival newspapers blamed a group of young men whom they named the "Salem Clique” for the bitter party struggles of the time. Although the Salem Clique has been given considerable prominence in nearly every account of Oregon's Territorial period, there has not been a detailed study of its role until now. Additional Titles Available: Dispatches and Dictators ($24.95)

2018 Oregon Calendar

Peter Marbach
2018 Oregon Calendar, $12.95
2018 Columbia Gorge Calendar, $12.95

Peter Marbach's 2018 Oregon Calendar includes a stunning image of the total eclipse making this a collectible item for the holidays. The recent wildfires that swept through the Columbia Gorge make Marbach's 2018 Columbia Gorge calendar a reminder of the beauty of this cherished place. Additional Titles Available: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area ($15.95)

Preservation Pantry: Modern Canning From Root to Top & Stem to Core

Sarah Marshall
Preservation Pantry: Modern Canning From Root to Top & Stem to Core, $24.95

A whole-produce approach to modern preservation. Learn the basics of canning and preserving with tips for reducing food waste and using all we can.

Natural History of the Pacific Northwest Mountains

Daniel Mathews
Natural History of the Pacific Northwest Mountains, $27.95

Describes more than 950 species of plants, animals, and fungi, with in-depth background on their ecology, uses, and history. Generously illustrated with color photos and line art. Additional Titles Available: Rocky Mountain Natural History: Jasper to Grand Teton ($26), America From the Air: A Guide to the Landscape Along Your Route ($19.95)

More Girls Who Rocked the World: Heroines from Ada Lovelace to Misty Copeland

Michelle Roehm McCann
More Girls Who Rocked the World: Heroines from Ada Lovelace to Misty Copeland, $11.99

In the follow-up to bestseller Girls Who Rocked the World, More Girls Who Rocked the World offers a fun and uplifting collection of influential stories with forty-five movers and shakers who made a difference before turning twenty. Additional Titles Available: Girls Who Rocked the World ($10.99), Boys Who Rocked the World ($10.99)

10 Simple Things You Can Do Now to Profoundly Change the World

Helen McConnell
10 Simple Things You Can Do Now to Profoundly Change the World, $9.99

Want to create Inner Peace, despite the chaos in the world? This guide will teach you how to begin to master your thoughts and emotions and to create inner peace, despite the events going on around you.

Penny McDonald
We March for You: Messages to Girls from the Women's Marches, $20

This book comes out of the Women's Marches of January, 2017, including those in Oregon. There are messages for girls about what we want for their lives wherever they are in the world, accompanied by quotes from influential girls and women and the art of young Costa Rican artist Raquel Mora Vega. Additional Titles Available: We Share our World/Compartimos el Mundo ($15)

Grant's Getaways: Oregon Adventures with the Kids

Grant McOmie
Grant's Getaways: Oregon Adventures with the Kids, $18.99

This handy guidebook from Emmy award winning travel reporter Grant McOmie features forty-eight of his favorite kid-friendly activities from across Oregon. Additional Titles Available: Grant's Getaways: Guide to Wildlife Watching in Oregon ($16.99), Grant's Getaways: 101 Oregon Adventures ($16.99)

Grant County Oregon

George Miller
Grant County Oregon, $21.99

The history of Grant County is told in the Images of America publication Grant County Oregon. The pictorial book begins with the discovery of gold in 1862. Additional Titles Available: Portland Rose Festival ($21.99), Lewis & Clark's Northwest Journey: Weather Disagreeable ($14.95)

My Music Man

Dede Montgomery
My Music Man, $13.95

As Dede Montgomery moves through grief to accept the death of her father, the stories in My Music Man shed light on change, acceptance, and forgiveness amid close personal relationships and Oregon's natural landscapes. Tales about generations of family weave between time periods, held together by the constancy of place and colored by memories of picking berries and filberts, traveling through the West Linn locks, and swimming in the river on a hot summer day.

The California Garden Tour— The 50 Best Gardens to Visit in the Golden State

Donald Olson
The California Garden Tour— The 50 Best Gardens to Visit in the Golden State, $24.95

Illustrated with more than 150 stunning color photographs, The California Garden Tour introduces garden lovers to the greatest public gardens, parks, and arboreta from Mendocino to San Diego. A must for visitors and residents alike, this unique and handy-to-use guide tells the stories behind California's astonishing array of gardens, from lavish historic estates to hidden oceanside gems, and provides all the practical information you need to plan a delightful garden-touring adventure in the Golden State. Additional Titles Available: The Pacific Northwest Garden Tour— The 60 Best Gardens to Visit in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia ($24.95), Frommer's Portland Day by Day ($13.95)

Scumbag: The Education of an American Officer

John R. Oreskovich
Scumbag: The Education of an American Officer, $19.95

Ft. Benning and the Infantry School produced thousands of officers for the Vietnam War as it did in World War II and the Korean War. Scumbag: The Education of an American Officer recounts the experiences of Portland native John R. Oreskovich in Ft. Benning’s Infantry Officer Candidate School Class 4-72. This class sent 126 commissioned officers into the United States Army. He would later return to Ft. Benning to go through Airborne School, after attending Air Defense Officer training at Ft. Bliss.

Mister Positive and Other Stories

Robert Peate
Mister Positive and Other Stories, $10.00

These are the short stories Robert Peate wrote between 2012 and 2017, six full stories and two shorter pieces. Subjects range from a serious ghost story to a satirical depiction of a libertarian bed and breakfast. Additional Titles Available: Mister Negative and Other Stories ($10.00), The War ($5.00)

The Grasping Root

Margaret Pinard
The Grasping Root, $14.95

As the MacLean family, newly arrived from Scotland and newly deprived of their father, attempts to put down roots in Nova Scotia and grasp new opportunities, old enemies, and new challenges test their loyalty and integrity. Will the four children and their mother survive to become part of this new community, or be torn apart and scattered to the corners of the Empire? Additional Titles Available: The Keening ($14.95), Dulci's Legacy ($14.95)

The Girl Who Wouldn't Die

Randall Platt
The Girl Who Wouldn't Die, $16.99

Some say she's Jewish. A few know she's a girl. Most agree she's high on the Nazi's hit list. One person believes she could become a hero. Additional Titles Available: Incommunicado ($9.99)

Notable Women of Portland

Tracy J. & Zadie Prince & Schaffer
Notable Women of Portland, $26.99

The story of Portland, Oregon, like much of history, has usually been told with a focus on male leaders. This book offers a reframing of Portland's history—starting from 10,000 years of Native American women, to pioneer women, to women of the Progressive Era, WWI, WWII, and post-war women, with additional chapters on Women in the Arts and Women in Politics. Many women made their mark and radically changed the Oregon frontier, including Native Americans Polly Johnson and Josette Nouette; pioneers Minerva Carter and Charlotte Terwilliger; doctors Marie Equi, Mary Priscilla Avery Sawtelle, and Bethina Owens-Adair; artists Eliza Barchus and Lily E. White; suffragists Abigail Scott Duniway, Hattie Redmond, and Eva Emery Dye; lawyer Mary Gysin Leonard; Air Force pilot Hazel Ying Lee; politicians Barbara Roberts and Margaret Carter; and authors Frances Fuller Victor, Beverly Cleary, Beatrice Morrow Cannady, Ursula Le Guin, and Jean Auel. These women, along with groups of women such as "Wendy the Welders," made Portland what it is today. Additional Titles Available: Portland's Goose Hollow ($21.99), Portland's Slabtown ($21.99)

Where Bigfoot Walks: Crossing the Dark Divide

Robert Michael Pyle
Where Bigfoot Walks: Crossing the Dark Divide (new updated edition), $16.95

The newly reissued Where Bigfoot Walks by Robert Michael Pyle is a spectacular, moving, and witty narrative exploration of not only the phenomenon of Bigfoot, but also the human need to believe that something is out there beyond the campfire, and that wildness remains as well. Additional Titles Available: Through a Green Lens: Fifty Years of Writing for Nature ($22.95), Wintergreen: Rambles in a Ravaged Land ($18.95)

Oregon: The Coloring Book

Jennifer Reynolds
Oregon: The Coloring Book, $12.99

A celebration of Oregon’s natural beauty, recreational delights, and quirky charms showcasing thirty-two scenes from every corner of the state, this coloring book provides hours of entertainment and relaxation. Bring your creative touch to everything from bikes to bridges to Bigfoot, from forests to food trucks to flora and fauna, from Crater Lake to Cannon Beach to the Cascades, and from Powell’s Books to the Pendleton Round-Up to the Painted Hills.


Kate Ristau
Clockbreakers, $11.95

Charlie, an 11-year old girl in a wheelchair, gets a key to go back in time. Now, she's a Clockbreaker, stuck in a Ancient Greek myth, on an action-packed adventure with a mission: to save her father, and perhaps even save the world. Additional Titles Available: Shadow Girl ($12.95)

Hitler Saved My Life

Jim Riswold
Hitler Saved My Life, $29.99

When advertising legend Jim Riswold is stricken with leukemia and prostate cancer, he quits the business that made him famous to become a “fake artist,” creating a controversial body of work with a controversial cast of characters, from Hitler to Mao to Kim Jong-Il. It was a decision that would save his life.

The People's School

William G. Robbins
The People's School, $35

The People’s School is a comprehensive history of Oregon State University, placing the institution’s story in the context of state, regional, national, and international history. Rather than organizing the narrative around institutional presidencies, Robbins examines the broader context of events, such as wars and economic depressions, that affected life on the Corvallis campus. Additional Titles Available: A Man for All Seasons ($24.95), Landscapes of Conflict ($29.95)

The Disjecta Portland2016 Biennial: A Reader on Work and Place

Prudence Roberts
The Disjecta Portland2016 Biennial: A Reader on Work and Place, $50

An expansive and unique survey of Oregon contemporary art, featuring 34 artists presenting works in 25 different venues across the state of Oregon, as well as commissioned essays on Northwest art and artists, place, and curatorial practice. This two-volume edition was edited by Portland2016 curator Michelle Grabner (former co-curator of the Whitney Biennial) and Prudence Roberts (former Portland Art Museum curator), was designed and produced by Portland's Container Corps, and comes enclosed in a beautiful etched acrylic slipcase—a perfect gift for the art lovers and proud Oregonians in your life.

Double Bind: Women on Ambition

Robin Romm
Double Bind: Women on Ambition, $27.95

In this collection of personal essays, brilliant women across many disciplines write candidly about why ambition or striving is so complicated for women. Essayists include writers Roxane Gay, Pam Houston, Francine Prose as well as doctors, lawyers, screenwriters, stay at home moms, and even a dogsledder. Additional Titles Available: The Mercy Papers ($15.99)

The Music of Life: Bartolomeo Cristofori and the Invention of the Piano

Elizabeth Rusch
The Music of Life: Bartolomeo Cristofori and the Invention of the Piano, $17.99

Award-winning biographer Elizabeth Rusch and two-time Caldecott Honor-winning artist Marjorie Priceman tell the inspiring story of the invention of the world’s most popular instrument: the piano. Additional Titles Available: Ready, Set… Baby! ($17.99), IMPACT: Asteroids and the Science of Saving the World ($18.99)

The Oregon Coast, A Legacy Like No Other

Rick Shafer, Jack McGowan, & Jan McGowan
The Oregon Coast, A Legacy Like No Other, $19.95

Oregon visionaries Oswald West, Samuel H. Boardman, and Tom McCall changed the course of history through their commitment to preserving the Oregon coast through the rights of public access. Authors Jan and Jack McGowan share the story of the Oregon Beach Bill, the state's landmark legislation which was passed and signed by Governor McCall on July 6, 1967.

Some Assembly Required

Michael Strelow
Some Assembly Required, $15.95

Some Assembly Required is a novel in the tradition of Kurt Vonnegut with a touch of Jack Kerouac on the side: an affair of impossibly funny science and a journey. The hero, Jake, hears voices: a writer's voice, his own mind's playfulness, and maybe that experiment in Artificial Intelligence he encounters in professor Sewall's lab. Additional Titles Available: Henry: A Novel of Beer and Love in the West ($14.95), The Greening of Ben Brown ($14.95)

Distilled in Oregon— A History and Guide

Scott Stursa
Distilled in Oregon— A History and Guide, $21.99

A history of spirits distilling in Oregon, from the fur-trading era up through the current craft distilling movement.

Portland, Oregon: A Photographic Portrait

Steve Terrill
Portland, Oregon: A Photographic Portrait, $26.95

Portland A Photographic Portrait depicts scenes of Portland throughout the four seasons. It also has many historical facts that accompany the photos. Additional Titles Available: Visual Journey through Oregon Calendar ($13.99), Visual Journey along the Oregon Coast Calendar ($13.99)

Lost Oregon Streetcars

Richard Thompson
Lost Oregon Streetcars, $21.99

The streetcars that plied Oregon’s small-town streets were every bit as diverse as those in Portland and their history even more fascinating. Local historian Richard Thompson celebrates the lost trolley lines that transported Oregon’s people across the state in decades past. Additional Titles Available: Portland’s Streetcars ($21.99), Slabtown Streetcars ($21.99)

Hooper's Revolution

Dennie Wendt
Hooper's Revolution, $16

Danny Hooper, a third-division English footballer from East Southwhich Albion, whose thuggish reputation limits him to playing the role of enforcer on the pitch after Danny takes his frustrations out on an unfortunate opponent's tibia, finds himself sold to the Rose City Revolution of Portland. But there is more to the trade than a shocked Danny could ever imagine: turns out, he's going to America not just to introduce soccer to its skeptical masses, but to help foil a communist plot.

The Reluctant P.I. and the Redhead

Don Weston
The Reluctant P.I. and the Redhead, $10

Max Starr enters an empty detective agency instead of an employment office, and meets an exciting redhead named Maxine Andrews. Is he John Steadman, the private investigator? Jeez, he hopes he is. He bluffs his way into taking her case and hopefully her heart. Additional Titles Available: The Facebook Killer ($10), Death Fits Like A Glove ($5.99)

Legends of the Northern Paiute: as told by Wilson Wewa

Wilson Wewa
Legends of the Northern Paiute: as told by Wilson Wewa, $19.95

Legends of the Northern Paiute preserves and shares twenty-one original and previously unpublished Northern Paiute legends, as told by Wilson Wewa, a spiritual leader and oral historian of the Warm Springs Paiute. These legends are best read and appreciated as they were told—out loud, shared with others, and delivered with all of the verve, cadence, creativity, and humor of original Paiute storytellers on those clear, cold winter nights in the high desert.

A Long Late Pledge

Wendy Willis
A Long Late Pledge, $16

What does it mean in the twenty-first century to swear allegiance to anything anymore, much less our benighted republic, "where everybody looks rattled and shaken and tired?" The poems in A Long Late Pledge peel back the layers of our fraught history to reveal some of the myths and missteps that have shaped it. Additional Titles Available: Blood Sisters of the Republic ($14.95)


Carl Wolfson
Slide! The Baseball Tragicomedy That Defined Me, My Family, And The City Of Philadelphia—And How It All Could Have Been Avoided Had Someone Just Listened To My Lesbian Great Aunt, $19.95

Slide! is the laugh-out-loud true story of the greatest collapse in baseball history, told from the perspective of a boy who lived it. A universal story of hope and heart and a finely crafted homage to childhood, family, and our national pastime, Slide! is essential reading for Phillies fanatics and fans of any team.

Christian Bend: A Novel

Karen Spears Zacharias
Christian Bend: A Novel, $17

Christian Bend summons the mountains—its hymns and spells, its trees flaming with reds and golds, its families and their secrets. But it is also part of a new culture of drugs, addiction and violence—a changing landscape coaxing beauty from the hollers of both memory and present. Additional Titles Available: Mother of Rain ($17), Burdy ($17)


Frequently Asked Questions:

1) Why is there a $25 entry fee and when is it due?

Authors have been notified of their acceptance to the event on November 3, 2017. At this time, authors will be asked to pay a $25 entry fee, which is due by November 17, 2017. The Oregon Historical Society requests this entry fee in order to help the Society subsidize some of the costs incurred in ordering books for this special event. Without having these entry fees as part of the event revenue, the Society would be unable to continue producing this event.

We appreciate the support of all of the authors who participate in Holiday Cheer. As a thank you for your participation and generosity, all authors will receive a one-year family membership to the Oregon Historical Society.

2) Will you carry all three titles that are recommended on my application?

The Oregon Historical Society invites all authors to suggest three titles to have available at Holiday Cheer; however we will likely not be able to order all three titles due to shipping costs. For all participants, OHS will order at minimum their 2017 publication that has made that author eligible to participate in the event, and it will be up to the Museum Store staff's discretion if suggested titles will be ordered. Authors may have up to three titles available, including the 2017 publication.

If the Museum Store is unable to order suggested titles, the author is welcome to bring up to two additional titles to sell at the event. All books that will be sold at Holiday Cheer must be approved in advance and delivered to the Oregon Historical Society by November 28, 2017.

3) How are book sales facilitated?

The Oregon Historical Society will handle all book sales through our Museum Store. OHS will carry at minimum the author's latest title, which will either be ordered directly through the publisher, or will be provided by the author, according to the preference noted on the author's application.

For authors who have noted on their application that they will provide their own copies for sale at the event, books must be delivered to the Oregon Historical Society in advance (by November 28, 2017), and will be sold through the Museum Store at the event. In the month following the event, the author will be paid by the Oregon Historical Society for 60% of all retail sales, no exceptions. Please see Question 5 for more details if you would like to provide your own copies for sale at the event.

4) Can I suggest that you carry more than three titles?

OHS limits the number of titles per author to a maximum of three in order to ensure fairness between new authors who are showcasing their first work and those who have a long list of publications. While we would love to have everyone's books available for sale, fairness and space limitations make a cap of three books per author necessary to make this event successful.

5) What do I need to know if I am planning to provide my own copies of my book(s)?

Authors are welcome to provide copies of their books to sell through the Museum Store at the event. All titles to be sold at the event must be approved in advance by Oregon Historical Society staff. If an author plans to provide copies of their own book, they will need to note this on their application. A W9 must also be submitted with their application in order for OHS to process payment. Authors will then take their books with them at the end of the event (unless other arrangements have been made in advance), and will note the number of copies sold so that OHS can process payment.

Books must be delivered to the Oregon Historical Society by November 28, 2017 in order to provide time for inventory and set up.

Download Blank W9 Form

Authors who choose to provide copies of their book(s) must submit a W9 by November 28, 2017. Completed W9 forms can be dropped off when books are delivered, or mailed to the Oregon Historical Society to the attention of Rachel Randles.

6) I have noted on my application that I would provide copies of my book for sale at the event – how many copies should I deliver to OHS?

It is always hard to gauge book sales for each author – with over 75 authors participating each year, some authors may sell five copies at the event, while others may sell 50! Depending on your own personal inventory, we recommend bringing anywhere from 15-30 copies to make available for sale.

Of course, if you have sold more than 30 copies at a previous event, or would just like to be on the safe side, you are more than welcome to bring additional – just don't forget that all books must be delivered to the Oregon Historical Society by November 28, 2017 to allow OHS staff the time to inventory and set up the event.

7) I am an Oregon author, but my book is not about history – can I still participate?

Absolutely! We have authors of all genres represented at Holiday Cheer, from cookbooks to children's books to guidebooks and more!

Do you have additional questions that are not listed here?

Please contact Rachel Randles, Communications and Marketing Manager, at Rachel.Randles@ohs.org or email museumstore@ohs.org