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Readings from Phil Metcalfe's book: "Whispering Wires:The Tragic Tale of an American Bootlegger"
Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 7:30pm
The Friends of History at PSU is presenting an evening of readings from Phil Metcalfe's last published book: "Whispering Wires:The Tragic Tale of an American Bootlegger."

Rumrunners, speakeasies and Prohibition in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest are seen through the life, times and trials of a cop who became Seattle's top bootlegger, Roy Olmstead. The author of this fascinating look at Seattle checkered past as a anti-dry smuggler's paradise is Philip Metcalfe, who received his degree in History at Portland State University and went on to become artist-in-residence at the Centrum Center for Creative Education and the Arts in Port Townsend, WA.

Metcalfe, who died in 2002 after writing "Whispering Wires"; had his work published in the Paris Review, and was the recipient of an Oregon Writers Fellowship and Amherst College's Copeland Fellowship. His first book, 1933, was published in 1989, and won a New American Writing Award.

This special posthumous tribute to Metcalfe will start with introductions from Phil's father, Dr. James Metcalf; and from PSU History Professor David A. Johnson. Dramatic readings by Professors Bill Lang, David A. Horowitz and John Ott; historians Gloria Myers and Dennis Stovall will fill the rest of the program. Copies of the book will be available for sale after the program.

When: Thursday, February 21th, 2008
Smith Memorial Student Union, room 294
7:30 pm
Free and open to the public

The Friends of History is the non-profit support organization for the History Department at Portland State University. Free parking is available after 7pm in the PSU parking structures. For more information contact the PSU History office at 503-725-3917.