Strait Press: Media history of the North Olympic Peninsula

  • Wed Jan 2nd, 2019 1:32pm
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January Launch Events

Book launches for Strait Press: A History of News Media on the North Olympic Peninsula are as follows:

Friday, Jan. 4- Sequim

The Sequim book launch and signing will be held on Friday, Jan. 4, at the Sequim Museum and Arts, 175 W. Cedar St. Time will be 6:30-8 p.m. Author Bill Lindstrom and local Sequim businessman Brown M. Maloney will be on hand. In addition to commissioning the book, Maloney published the Sequim Gazette for 23 years. Jan. 4 is a First Friday event in downtown Sequim. There will be a short presentation at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, Jan. 10- Port Angeles, Peninsula College 12:30 p.m.

Strait Press: A History of News Media on the North Olympic Peninsula will be the Stadium Generale program in the Little Theatre at Peninsula College. Presenting as part of a panel will be author Lindstrom, former Peninsula Daily News publishers Frank Ducceschi and John Brewer, former KONP Radio station owner Jim MacDonald and retired Peninsula College journalism instructor Robbie Mantooth. The panel will be moderated by Maloney and will be interactive with questions from students.

Thursday, Jan. 10 -Port Angeles Peninsula College 7 p.m.

An evening program specifically for Port Angeles residents will be in the Little Theatre at Peninsula College. Presenting as part of a panel will be author Lindstrom, former Peninsula Daily News publishers Frank Ducceschi and John Brewer, former KONP Radio station owner Jim MacDonald and longtime west end media correspondent Lonnie Archibald. The panel will be moderated by Maloney and will be interactive with questions from the audience.

Books will be available at both events with proceeds going to local non-profits. No author has attempted to write the history of the newspapers and broadcast media on the North Olympic Peninsula- until now. Strait Press does that. The book also details history highlights of Clallam and Jefferson counties.

In addition, Strait Press is far more than a history of the media; it also includes an educational trip through each of the peninsula’s major cities, unveiling how the media covered the big events; why it took more than 30 years to establish Olympic National Park and many more big stories. The important families who owned newspapers for more than a half-century are discussed, along with many humorous anecdotes. A complete index will help the reader navigate the book’s 636 pages, which includes more than 150 photos.

Future launches will be held in Port Townsend and Forks.

About the author

Olympia, WA resident Bill Lindstrom, 76, now retired, has been a journalist for more than 55 years. Among others, he has worked for the Daily Olympian in Olympia, Peninsula Daily News, in Port Angeles and the Daily World at Aberdeen. In 2015, he was commissioned by Brown M. Maloney to write Strait Press. In 2014, he authored his first book: John Tomow: Villain or Victim? a non-fiction account of a man alleged to have killed his two nephews in 1911.

Strait Press: A History of News Media on the North Olympic Peninsula is published by iUniverse, Bloomington, Ind.

It is available in hardcover, softcover and e-book formats for Kindle and Nook.

Sequim Museum and Arts is located at 175 W. Cedar St., Sequim and Peninsula College is located at 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles.

The book is available at Odyssey Book Store and Port Book and News in downtown Port Angeles. It is also available at KONP Radio, 721 E. First St., Port Angeles and from the author at [email protected] or 360-581-9451.