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Portland’s Lost Waterfront Reviewed by Willamette Week

February 10, 2013


U.S.S. Oregon, with the 6-pounder gun and crewmen. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Detroit Publishing Company Collection, LC-D4-20838.

“Barney Blalock, Portland’s Lost Waterfront: What do you do with a drunken sailor?” Of course you’ve heard the stories of victims disappearing in the night: drunken and drugged tourists shipped through Portland’s vast network of turn-of-the-century Shanghai tunnels and sent as sailor slaves on boats to China, never to be seen again. Families wept; children […]

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Portland in the 1960s Signing Event & Book Review

October 24, 2012


Jim Gilbert (left) doles out free soup in Lair Hill Park. Courtesy Emery Ingham

Tonight Wednesday, October 24th at 7:00PM at Powell’s Books Cedar Hills Crossing, join History Press author Polina Olsen for a special signing of Portland in the 1960s: Stories from the Counterculture. When did the Sixties begin in Portland? Was it when Karl Leopold Metzenberg opened the Caffe Espresso, the city’s first Italian coffeehouse, in 1958? […]

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Bill Gladstone Reviews Stories from Jewish Portland

April 30, 2012


AZA in front of old JCC courtesy Larry Mudrick

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of strolling through South Portland with author Polina Olsen. She pointed out the remaining landmarks from Portland’s once-upon-a-time immigrant neighborhood and shared some of the stories that she’s collected from residents. Thanks to her descriptions, I was able to imagine the kosher deli on the corner and the […]

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Lake Oswego Vignettes Signing Event & Book Review

April 13, 2012


Photograph courtesy of Lake Oswego Public Library

Enjoying the charms of Lake Oswego, Oregon, this weekend? Saturday, April 14, from 2 to 6 pm, Matthew’s Galleries will host a book signing event for Marylou Colver’s recently published Lake Oswego Vignettes. More about the book after the jump. “Illiterate cows, an electric pig and world-class water skiers. They’re all part of Lake Oswego’s […]

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The Way We Were in San Diego is reviewed by the North County Times

December 28, 2011


Charles Lindbergh standing alongside his Spirit of St. Louis. Courtesy of San Diego Air & Space Museum.

If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to read more nonfiction and to know more about the history of our region, a new book from a local author will set you on the right path. You might even prop it up on the treadmill that you swore would be used for more than a clothes […]

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