Michael C. McKenzie is an associate professor of philosophy and religion at Keuka College. He is the author of The Ethics of Paul Ramsey: The Triumph of Agape in a Postmodern World and Jehovah’s Witnesses: Understanding Their Faith and Teachings. His newest book, A … Continue reading From the Desk of Michael McKenzie: Geography Matters
The following is an excerpt from Bootleggers and Borders: The Paradox of Prohibition on a Canada-U.S. Borderland (Nebraska, 2014) by Stephen T. Moore. From Chapter 4: The Halcyon Days of Rum-Running Roy Haynes, the second U.S. commissioner of prohibition and an … Continue reading Excerpt: Bootleggers and Borders
Mark Spitzer loves fish and he loves to fish. As a nationally known author (Seasons of the Gar, Return of the Gar), writing about fish and their issues is what he does best. In this blog series, Spitzer shares his … Continue reading Where in the West is Mark Spitzer?
Awards Cannibal by Safiya Sinclair Longlisted for the 2017 PEN/Open Book Award Books Flock Together by B. J. Hollars Praise from Kirkus: “An insightful memoir on one man’s quest to know living birds by examining those birds that have ceased to … Continue reading News and Reviews
Books Pain Woman Takes Your Keys, and Other Essays from a Nervous System by Sonya Huber Review from Kirkus: “Frank, thoughtful reflections that should resonate with the 47 percent of Americans reported to be living with chronic pain.” Crude Nation by … Continue reading News and Reviews
University of Montana–Western professor of English O. Alan Weltzien will be touring the Pacific Northwest from October 22 to November 5 with his new book, Exceptional Mountains: A Cultural History of the Pacific Northwest Volcanoes (Nebraska, 2016). Probing the relationship between Pacific Northwest … Continue reading O. Alan Weltzien Tours the Northwest
BOOKS Return to Zion by Eric Gartman Thumbs-up from the Kirkus Reviews: “A thorough, proficient overview that quietly hums a pro-Jewish tune.” Cheated by Jay M. Smith and Mary Willingham A review from CHOICE: “…the authors meticulously lay out the patterns of systemic corruption and lack of institutional control. This book should be required reading for everyone, both those on campus and fans in the stands or in front of their flat-screens.” Sharing Our Knowledge Edited by Sergei Kan with Steve Henrikson Recommendation from CHOICE: “Typically, the more interesting a book is, the more tangents are available to readers. This book sent this … Continue reading NEWS AND REVIEWS
LLyn De Danaan in collaboration with Justine E. James Jr. At a recent Pacific Northwest history conference in Vancouver, Washington, I was given a small display table in the sales room so that I might attract and talk with attendees … Continue reading From the desk of LLyn De Danaan: A Picture is Worth…
LLyn De Danaan is a writer and an anthropologist. She contributed to the book Vashon Island Archaeology: A View from Burton Acres Shell Midden, and her articles have appeared in Women’s Studies Quarterly, Columbia: The Magazine of Northwest History, and Oregon … Continue reading From the desk of LLyn De Danaan: The Tale behind Katie Gale
Read the beginning of Chapter 1, "Getting There" from Breaking into the Backcountry by Steve Edwards:
"By midafternoon we’ve crossed Iowa on I-80 and started north to South Dakota on I-29. It’s the same route we took on a family vacation to the Badlands when I was fourteen, only on that trip we stopped and spent a night in Mitchell, home of the Corn Palace. Today we hit Mitchell and keep on rolling. All afternoon and into the evening the scenery is the same: the highway’s broken white center line, semitrailers streaming west in plumes of exhaust, the flatness of the plains. Checking our mileage, I’m amazed by how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go. Riddle, Oregon, where my father and I will meet the homestead’s owners at a gas station and follow them into the homestead, is 2,316 miles from my little hometown in Indiana. I can no more fathom this distance than I can fathom the distance from Earth to the moon. And though I have poured over the manual Bradley sent me and spent the last few months reading everything I can get my hands on about the Pacific Northwest, I still don’t totally know what to expect. The moon might actually be more familiar a place to me than the Rogue River canyon.