The Tonkon Timeline


Brian Booth Receives Stewart H. Holbrook Award from Literary Arts


In 1996, Brian received the Stewart H. Holbrook Award from Literary Arts for outstanding contributions to Oregon’s literary life. In presenting the award, historian Terence O’Donnell said, “Booth has probably done more for Oregon writers than anyone in the state’s history. He is Oregon’s preeminent Man of the Book.” In 1992, Brian edited Wildmen, Wobblies, and Whistle Punks: Stewart Holbrook’s Lowbrow Northwest, now in its eighth printing. It has been named by Portland Magazine as “One of the 20 Greatest Oregon Books Ever” and by The Oregonian as one of the top ten Northwest history books. Wildmen helped revive interest in Holbrook and his lowbrow, non-stuffed shirt view of history.

Photo, by Ross William Hamilton, is courtesy of The Oregonian.