Thursday, October 22, 2015

Book Beginning: Marie Equi


Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

EARLY BIRDS & SLOWPOKES: This weekly post goes up Thursday evening for those who like to get their posts up and linked early on. But feel free to add a link all week.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.



Front-page reports of the pitched battle to the north were the talk of Portland on a rainy morning of November 6, 1916. Six men were slain and dozens more wounded in the lumber town of Everett, Washington, during a bloody free-speech skirmish.

-- Marie Equi: Radical Politics and Outlaw Passions by Michael Helquist, published by OSU Press.

This is the first full-length biography of Equi, who was a doctor, progressive activist, and open lesbian, considered "the most interesting woman that ever lived in this state, certainly the most fascinating, colorful, and flamboyant."


Author Michael Helquist will present "From Soapbox to San Quentin: Oregon's Firebrand Marie Equi" at McMenamin's Edgefield, this Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 6:30. Doors open at 5:00. 2126 SW Halsey, Troutdale. Free. All ages welcome.

Michael Helquist will be the featured guest on Oregon Public Radio's Think Out Loud program on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, from 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m. Listen live online.


  1. That's quite a strong beginning, you're definitely wondering exactly what's happening and why! I'd definitely keep reading to see what happens in the rest of the book! Thanks for hosting and I hope you have a great weekend!
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  2. A fascinating look into history -- I can only imagine with a beginning like this that this is probably quite horrific!

  3. I definitely want to know more!

  4. Fascinating! I'd love to learn more about this woman, especially since I live in the Pacific Northwest. I've never heard of her. The opening makes me want to know what happened.

  5. I've never heard of her, but I would definitely like to learn more!

  6. Ooops! Somehow I posted twice on the Linky! My apologies.

  7. Never heard of her but she sounds very interesting.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  8. She sounds fascinating! The beginning is definitely attention grabbing. Hope you enjoy the read!

  9. Sounds like a very interesting person.


    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  10. What an interesting woman. First time I have heard of her.

  11. Hi,
    Love reading this kind of book. I'll have to put it on my TBR list. Have a great day!

  12. Shocked. Didn't expect so many people slain under such circumstances. Definitely didn't expect a "lesbian" lady in the story. Shocked that it takes place in Portland too. Only hear about the beauty of that city. Would like to read about the true historical news stories in my state. Never thought about visiting Local History at the library.

  13. Oh, wow, what a fascinating book. Thanks for the intro to it. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews


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