Books in Common is excited to welcome bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick to discuss her new book Something Worth Doing with fellow writer Greg Nokes. Tackling the early women's suffrage movement in Oregon, Abigail Scott denies herself the joys of a simpler life to achieve her dream of securing rights for women. But running a controversial newspaper and leading suffrage efforts in the Northwest carry a great personal cost. Based on a true story, Something Worth Doing is a tender, powerful story of a woman's conflicts--with society and herself. Greg Nokes is no stranger to pioneer history, having studied the stories of marginalized communities during westward expansion - looking particularly at the Black slave trade in Oregon, as well as the exploitation of Chinese communities in the Northwest. Join these to for an illuminating discussion of historical civil rights movements in the Northwest.
More about Jane Kirkpatrick: Jane Kirkpatrick is the New York Times and CBA bestselling and award-winning author of more than 30 books, including One More River to Cross, Everything She Didn't Say, All Together in One Place, A Light in the Wilderness, The Memory Weaver, This Road We Traveled, and A Sweetness to the Soul, which won the prestigious Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center. Her works have won the WILLA Literary Award, the Carol Award for Historical Fiction, and the 2016 Will Rogers Gold Medallion Award. Jane divides her time between Central Oregon and California with her husband, Jerry, and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Caesar.
More about Greg Nokes: R. GREGORY NOKES is the author of Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory and Massacred for Gold: The Chinese in Hells Canyon. He traveled the world as a reporter and editor for The Associated Press and the Oregonian. A graduate of Willamette University, he attended Harvard University as a Nieman Fellow. His reporting on the 1887 murders of more than thirty Chinese gold miners in Hells Canyon resulted in a formal designation of the site as Chinese Massacre Cove and was the basis for an Oregon Public Broadcasting documentary. Greg and his wife, Candise, live in West Linn, Oregon.