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General Nonfiction Finalists Webinar

Join the five finalists for the Frances Fuller Victor Award in General Nonfiction for an hour-long discussion and reading of their work.

Judges: Jordanna Bailkin, Farid Matuk, Adam Sowards

Edwin Battistella of Ashland, Dangerous Crooked Scoundrels: Insulting the President, from Washington to Trump (Oxford University Press)
Nicholas Buccola of Portland, The Fire Is upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Debate over Race in America (Princeton University Press)
Kelsey Freeman of Bend, No Option but North: The Migrant World and the Perilous Path Across the Border (IG Publishing)
Joseph E. Taylor III of Portland, Persistent Callings: Seasons of Work and Identity on the Oregon Coast (Oregon State University Press)
Ann Vileisis of Port Orford, Abalone (Oregon State University Press)

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Edwin Battistella

Edwin Battistella teaches at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. He is the author of six books and over seventy articles. Battistella’s work has appeared in Time, The Conversation.com, The Huffington Post, and Politico, among other places, and he contributes a monthly blog to Oxford University Press, called Between the Lines with Edwin Battistella.
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Nicholas Buccola

Nicholas Buccola is the author of The Fire Is Upon Us,The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass and the editor of The Essential Douglass and Abraham Lincoln and Liberal Democracy. His work has appeared in the New York TimesSalon, and many other publications. He is the Elizabeth and Morris Glicksman Chair in Political Science at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, and lives in Portland. You can read an interview with him here.
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Kelsey Freeman

Kelsey Freeman is a writer and educator focused on Indigenous rights, immigration, and public policy. She is the author of No Option but North and has presented across the country on immigration policy. Kelsey currently runs a college-readiness program for Native American high school students through Central Oregon Community College.
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Joseph E. Taylor, III

Joseph E. Taylor III is a professor of history and geography. He earned his degrees at the University of Oregon and University of Washington, and his research investigates the intersection of social and ecological systems in the fisheries, outdoor recreation, gentrification, conservation, and politics of the North American West.
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Ann Vileisis

Ann Vileisis is the award-winning author of three books that explore culture and nature through history. As an independent scholar, she has pursued path-breaking topics in environmental history, including wetlands, food, and shellfish. She studied history at Yale and Utah State and now lives on Oregon’s coast.
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