Fishing in Oregon
I was contacted by the author of Fishing in Oregon and asked if I was still in the review business. For her, I made an exception. I bought a competing guide last year because it had been six years since the last edition of Fishing in Oregon, and boy, could I tell the difference. But my wait is over, as the new edition came off the presses at the start of June.
Fishing in Oregon continues to be a ‘must have’ for almost all Oregon libraries. It is organized by region and then body of water, with good clear maps showing boat launches. There is information on the type of fish, when and if they are stocked, notes about good bank fishing, and where to ask permission to fish.
Best of all, the new edition takes into account some of the changes in the state’s geography. For example, over 200,000 kokanee left Lake Billy Chinook in 2010 when a fish passage was connected to the Deshutes, and it has become more of a trout lake than a kokanee harbor. Likewise, the removal of dams on the Rogue, Hood, and Sandy Rivers have changed those streams and the fish in them. In other words, even if you have an old edition, you want the new one. Extra attractions are a list of good spots for fishing with kids (and a different list for the disabled), telephone contacts, and record catches.
Fishing in Oregon. 11th Edition. (June 2013.) Madelynne Sheehan. Flying Pencil Publications, 33126 SW Callahan Rd, Scappoose, OR 97-56. www.fishinginoregon.net
$29.95. Indexed. Paperback, 400 pages, with many maps and photos. You can order from Flying Pencil, or from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or I suspect the major library vendors. -Tony Greiner, Portland Community College
Did you ever, maybe just a little, want to, um, do in a less-than-favorite boss? My wife, Barbara Cantwell, was one of Portland’s last bookmobile librarians in the late 1980s, and now she has, well, gotten away with murder.
Barbara and I are co-authors of Murdermobile, a cozy mystery in which the body of a former head librarian is discovered in the back cupboard of Portland’s diesel-belching bookmobile. Bookmobile librarian Hester McGarrigle, whose overzealous English-teacher mother named her for Scarlet Letter heroine Hester Prynne, teams up to chase clues alongside Portland Police Bureau Detective Nate Darrow, whose New England parents named him for Nathaniel Hawthorne. It’s not War and Peace, but it’s a fun summer read with a literary sensibility whose growing number of fans love the authentic Oregon settings. Oregon librarians might get a kick out of it, too.
Today Barbara works at the University of Washington’s Suzzallo Library. I’m an editor and travel writer at The Seattle Times, and together we write under the pen name of B.B. Cantwell. Murdermobile is available for e-readers from Amazon.com and the Barnes & Noble website. -Brian Cantwell