Ellen Emry Heltzel is a writer and journalist who spent twenty-nine years on The Oregonian staff, the last six as book editor. With Margo Hammond, she created the Book Babes blog and wrote Between the Covers: The Book Babes' Guide to a Woman's Reading Pleasures. She lives in Portland with her husband, dog, and too many plants.
Ken Kesey (1935-2001)
A farm boy from the Willamette Valley, Ken Kesey brought an earthy, independent spirit to the American literary scene and to his self-designated role as the young Turk of the 1960s counterculture. His literary reputation rests on two novels, both written before he was thirty. His fame (or notoriety) as …