Thursday, December 20, 2018

Book Beginning: Grit and Ink by William F. Willingham



The publishing company that is the focus of this history had its origins in a in a feisty, nineteenth century frontier newspaper located in Pendleton, Oregon.

-- from Chapter I, "Frontier town gets a newspaper," in Grit and Ink: An Oregon Family’s Adventures in Newspapering, 1908–2018 by William F. Willingham, with a Preface by Stephen A. Forrester and a Forward by R. Gregory Nokes.

Pendleton, Oregon is on the opposite side of the state from Astoria, on the Pacific Ocean, but two newspapers and two families linked the cities for generations. Grit and Ink tells the story of these connections and the importance of home-based journalism.

It would make a great holiday gift for readers interested in the newspaper business, local journalism, or Oregon history.

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.

FACEBOOK: Rose City Reader has a Facebook page where I post about new and favorite books, book events, and other bookish tidbits, as well as link to blog posts. I'd love a "Like" on the page! You can go to the page here to Like it. I am happy to Like you back if you have a blog or professional Facebook page, so please leave a comment with a link and I will find you.

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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.


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