Among the newest books by Duck authors are new works of fiction, history, humor, and advice on the opportunity for growth that climate change provides.
By Phil Knight
This is the story of the founding and building of one of the most successful brands in the world. The book will be of particular interest to readers who are interested in entrepreneurship and the challenges of starting and growing a business. One reviewer describes it as a “touching, highly entertaining adventure odyssey with much to teach about innovation and creativity.”
(Greenleaf Publishing, 2016)
By Bob Doppelt
Climate change could be an opportunity to learn, grow, and even flourish. So argues Doppelt, an adjunct professor at the UO, in this new book. Doppelt urges us to look for ways to become more resilient in our responses to the traumatic effects of climate disruption so that we can avoid reactions that damage ourselves and our society and instead find new meaning, direction, and hope in life.
(Groundwaters Publishing, 2015)
By Joe R. Blakely
Written by a former employee of the public safety office at the UO, this chronicles the murder trial of Llewellyn Banks. A wealthy orchardist and newspaper publisher from Medford, Banks was also one of the leaders of an effort to overthrow the government of Jackson County. The book includes portions of the trial transcript and analysis by newspaper reporters of the day.
(University of North Texas Press, 2015)
By Matt Cashion, MFA ’96
Winner of the Katherine Ann Porter Prize in Short Fiction, Kirkus Reviews describes the book as “a dozen colorful short stories set in the heart of darkness that is rural America … The real gift of these stories is that they center on some absurdity but never really make fun of the people they’re portraying … A sublime collection that uses compassion and subtle humor to capture heavy moments in lives lived on the margins.”
(Turkey Buzzard Press, 2015)
By Phil Woods, MFA ’83
Woods—who has published 10 books, performed his poems with the Free Radical Railroad, and collaborated extensively with the Romero Theatre Troupe—combines a political sensibility with a zest for language in this expansive collection. As one observer notes, his work contains, “… passion, grief, heart, and that most dangerous substance, hope.”