Oregon Tavern Age
Jim Harrison once wrote: “How can you experience the rich fabric of life in a locale without visiting the bars? The answer is, you can’t.” That statement is the editorial motivation for my latest book, Oregon Tavern Age.
Oregon Tavern Age (OTA) is a 64-page tabloid size book-with-in-a-magazine featuring original illustrations that culminates 22 years of writing about the crazy and poignant life that unfolds in Oregon Coast’s dive taverns and bars. I’ve walked into some of my most incredible Oregon stories of all time in these joints and felt compelled to document them because these joints are slowly going extinct in the face of gentrification.
I printed 1000 copies of OTA and will distribute them for free along the Oregon Coast in dive taverns and bars, bookstores, coffee shops, buses, libraries, laundromats, mortuaries, hospital waiting rooms, or wherever else my wanderings transport me. I am also asking those who purchase the publication directly from me to help distribute it in their communities. For $20 (plus $5 postage) I will mail three copies of OTA for you to enjoy and distribute in your favorite places. This is a unique method of distribution but I am excited for its possibilities to reach new readers. You can also purchase one copy for $10 (plus $3 postage).
OREGON TAVERN AGE (3 COPIES) $20 + $5 SHIPPING
OREGON TAVERN AGE (SINGLE COPY) $10 + $3 SHIPPING
You can purchase via Paypal through the website or make arrangements to pay by cash or check or some form of barter by emailing me directly. If you decide to help me distribute OTA in this collaborative method, I sense it might become my new distribution model. Thank you.
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The Bonnie & Clyde Files
How Two Senior Dogs Saved a Middle Aged Man
By Matt Love
A special limited print edition of 300 copies, signed by the author (and dogs), is now selling for $30 (plus shipping). A handmade bookmark will be included.
In 2017, at the age of 53, I experienced an extinction of self. For the first time in my life, I could not get a job, I was nearly broke, and I had no freedom of movement or conscience.
I was an American outcast trapped in a labyrinth known as probation, desperately engaged in the ultimate struggle to stave off marginalization.
There I was, lying on the couch, talking to my dead husky, words echoing through the house that was empty because I had performed terrible hospice care on myself and given away almost everything.
Then I found two senior dogs named Bonnie and Clyde, residents of Angels for Sarah Sancturary, a refuge along the Lewis and Clark River. There, walking two dogs, I resurrected as a human being. I read the river, tracked elk, watched birds, slayed blackberries, skipped rocks, cursed clearcuts, walked in rain and went deep into heretofore unknown areas of my creative mind. With Bonnie and Clyde at my side, I learned important lessons of faith, friendship, family, face-to-face encounters and the timeless remedy of nature, lessons I intuit can enlighten others who experience a cataclysmic personal event.
In The Bonnie and Clyde Files, I merge essay, cultural criticism, memoir, streams of consciousness and poetry to create a hybrid of a genre that is unlike any dog book I have ever read. I wrote on instinct, channeled Walt Whitman, and became a dog to better explore humanity, my country and the treatment of men and women at the hands of the state’s criminal justice system. I wrote to understand all the terrible, bizarre and wonderful things that were happening to me.
I invite you to support my latest literary endeavor by purchasing The Bonnie and Clyde Files direct from Nestucca Spit Press, scheduled for release in the fall of 2018. The book will be unavailable in stores. Half of the profits are earmarked for the Angels for Sarah Sancturary to continue their excellent work.
Customers can use Paypal or make other arrangements for payment by contacting me via email or through this web site. Barter is also accepted.
NESTUCCA SPIT PRESS PRESENTS
A special limited print edition of 300 copies, signed by the author is now selling for $30 (plus shipping). A handmade bookmark and bonus short story will also be included.
By Matt Love