We have started a fairly regular series within our podcast survey called The Kick Ass Book Club. Because we want to read MORE new books about Oregon’s History! The idea behind the series is to interview authors of Oregon History Tomes, and dig a little deeper than just “tell us what your book is about!” It’s also a chance for YOU to interact directly with these authors, and learn a little more about our groovy state’s past!
To kick off the series, we chatted with Barney Blalock about his latest book on Oregon Shanghaiers. Just yesterday, I spoke with Peter Stark about his piece on John Jacob Astor’s fur empire called Astoria. Look for that one to drop real soon! And in the que, we have Heather Arndt Anderson who’s book on Portland’s food history is coming out soon, as well as JD Chandler and JB Fisher’s piece about some True Crime Portland Stuff.
So that’s the premise. But we need YOUR HELP! What books would YOU like to see us talk about, Dear “Reading Is Sexy” Ass Kicker? It needs to be about Oregon, and really shouldn’t be out of print or not easily obtainable (cause that’s just kind of mean…). And living authors too (sorry Steven Ambrose). And in addition, we want to know what YOU would ask the author – cause it’s a book club, see. So a week or two before the interview, we’ll tell you on our social medias who we are interviewing and what the book is about. Feel free to shoot some questions for the authors our way – we got some great ones for Peter Stark from Jason
@oregon_history how the heck did John Day get not one, but two rivers named for himself when he mostly comes across as a fuckup in the book? — Jason Wells (@JfwellsPDX) August 27, 2014