Historian Tracy Prince (left) and researcher Zadie Schaffer spent two-and-a-half years working on “Notable Women of Portland,” a book that addresses their feeling that women’s contributions are often overlooked. (Author photo: Courtesy of Tracy Prince; book cover, Arcadia Publishing)
Notes from The Oregonian/OregonLive’s books desk.
“Notable Women of Portland”: Mother-daughter authors Tracy Prince and Zadie Schaffer have produced the latest Oregon title in the Images of America regional and local history series from Arcadia Publishing. Like other books in the series, “Notable Women of Portland” (128 pages, $26.99) consists primarily of historical photographs, but what photographs they are. To give a small sampling: Dr. S.K. Chan, who was president of the Chinese American Equal Suffrage Society of Portland; Oregon women “eagerly crowding into the courthouse for the right to register for jury duty” in 1912; Colored Women’s Equal Suffrage League president Hattie Redmond; Oregon Navy Yeomanettes who worked in the Puget Sound Navy Yard during World War I; women from a tenants league protesting at City Hall in the late 1940s; numerous women artists; and much more. The authors will hold a free book launch party and slideshow at 7 p.m. Monday, June 5, at the Mission Theater, 1624 N.W. Glisan St. They’ll also appear at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 8, at Broadway Books, 1714 N.E. Broadway, and 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, at Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 S.W. Capitol Highway. Prince says proceeds from the book will benefit women served by Transition Projects, a nonprofit that assists people in need of housing.
Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker were suspected of 13 killings as well as a series of robberies and burglaries when they were killed by law enforcement officers on May 23, 1934.
Bonnie and Clyde: Portland authors Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall have launched a new alternate-history series centered on an intriguing question: What if the outlaw couple Bonnie and Clyde weren’t gunned down in 1934, but were instead kidnapped by a secret organization that wanted to ensure the New Deal overcame bitter opposition from the 1 percent? “Bonnie and Clyde: Resurrection Road” (Pumpjack Press, 308 pages, $15.95) is a taut, fast-paced, fun read that cuts agilely back and forth between the anti-heroes’ Depression-era escapades and a modern-day reporter trying to revive his career with a big scoop, all while addressing serious topics such as income inequality. The book officially publishes Tuesday, May 23, the anniversary of the couple’s death.
Welcome signs go up for the Hop Fiesta in Independence in 1948. Author Peter Kopp writes about the festival in his new book “Hoptopia.” From left, Robert Craven, parade chairman; Ralph Kletzing, member of the Hop Bowl board; Cecil (Joe) Lamb, president of Hop Bowl Inc., the event sponsor; Tom Smith, bowl member. Nailing sign is Harold Prinus, also a board member.
A history of hops: About 10 years ago, Peter Kopp was driving through Aurora when he saw hops on the vine for the first time. Kopp, an Oregon native who is a fan of craft beers, was fascinated by the sight and decided to write his doctoral dissertation in history on the Pacific Northwest’s hops production. Now an assistant professor and director of public history at New Mexico State University, Kopp has turned his dissertation into a book, “Hoptopia: A World of Agriculture and Beer in Oregon’s Willamette Valley” (University of California Press, 328 pages, $29.95). He’ll give a free talk about the Cascade hop at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, at McMenamins Edgefield, Blackberry Hall, 2126 S.W. Halsey St., Troutdale. Look for historical tidbits such as an early 20th-century contract between Ireland’s Guinness Brewery and Willamette Valley Hop Growers, a “Hop Fiesta” in Independence each summer from the 1930s to 1950s, and the Pink Boots Society of women brewers.
Military trauma: New York author Diane Cameron, whose book “Never Leave Your Dead: A True Story of War Trauma, Murder, and Madness” (Central Recovery Press, 176 pages, $15.95) tells the story of a Marine with mental illness who became her stepfather, will speak at the Oregon State Hospital’s Museum of Mental Health in conjunction with the new exhibit “War Wounds: The Impact of War on the Oregon State Hospital.” The exhibit opens on Armed Services Day, Saturday, May 20; viewing hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 2600 Center St. N.E. Cameron will speak at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 21; admission is free for museum members, $10 for nonmembers.
Ecopoetry: Scott T. Starbuck has published “Hawk on Wire: Ecopoems” (Fomite, 102 pages, $15), a slim volume that takes a hard look at climate change and fossil fuel dependency, including from the perspectives of the ghosts of environmental advocate Edward Abbey and others. Starbuck wrote much of the collection as a 2016 climate change resident in poetry at Playa, an artists community in Summer Lake, in the Oregon outback.
In the national media: Two of Portland’s favorite authors, Lidia Yuknavitch and Cheryl Strayed, got boosts from The New York Times recently. Yuknavitch’s byline appeared on a review of the audiobook edition of Neil Gaiman’s “Norse Mythology,” read by Gaiman himself “so viscerally” that after listening to the audiobook for a week, she writes, she thought her “bedroom might explode into Valhalla.” Strayed’s name was invoked repeatedly in an interview with actor Jeffrey Tambor (“Arrested Development,” “Transparent”) who praised her book “Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life From Dear Sugar.” (Tambor appears at 7 p.m. Monday, May 22, at Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 S.W. Cedar Hills Blvd., to discuss his memoir, “Are You Anybody?,” with The Oregonian/OregonLive’s TV critic, Kristi Turnquist.)