It’s always exciting to announce the release of a new book, but to announce the release of two new books at nearly the same time is stupendous. So click on the OREGON STATE HOSPITAL page above and come see what’s happening.

For the author's interview with The History Press about Inside Oregon State Hospital, click HERE

Diane L. Goeres-Gardner is a fifth-generation Oregonian, as her ancestors settled in Tillamook County in 1852. She began writing at an early age, winning her first writing contest at age 12.

She is an '84 M.A. graduate of the University of Oregon where she did intensive study under poet Ralph Salisbury. In 2002 she won 1st place in the Oregon State Poetry Contest narrative division with "Racing the Antelope."

Between September 2007 and September 2009 Diane was a Chautauqua speaker sponsored by the Oregon Council For Humanities.  Although the Chautauqua program has been discontinued, Diane is still available to give presentations on either of two topics, "Frontier Justice" or "Ordinary Women. Extraordinary Events."  Please contact Diane to schedule an appearance.

Diane belongs to Women Writing the West, an organization devoted to writing about the western experience.  She also belongs to the Willamette Writers, a writing organization based in Portland, OR.

In 2005 Caxton Press released her first book, Necktie Parties: A History of Legal Executions in Oregon, 1851~1905.  In May 2009 Caxton released her second book, and a sequel to Necktie Parties, entitled Murder, Morality and Madness: Women Criminals in Early Oregon.  Each book sells for $16.95.

Besides writing and doing research, Diane enjoys scrapbooking, quilting, and reading. She has two married daughters and a wonderfully supportive husband. They live along the Umpqua River in a little valley carved out by the river and bordered by enormous Myrtle wood trees. Her constant companion is Cody, a miniature poodle-mix, whose single-minded devotion to his daily walk keeps her active.

Contact by mail or email at: 
PO Box 623
Oakland, OR 97462

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