GOLD BEACH – Gerry Frank, the decades-long newspaper columnist for The Oregonian, as well as travel guide, food critic and restaurateur, will visit Gold Beach Books at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, to discuss and sign copies of his new guidebook to Oregon.
The large volume of 448 pages, titled “Gerry Frank’s Oregon,” includes more than 640 reviews of establishments in large and small towns throughout Oregon, including lodging venues (from hotels and resorts to tree-houses), restaurants of all cuisines, specialty shops, museums, wineries and art galleries, illustrated with pictures from Frank’s own collection, along with his reminiscences and reflections on Oregon history.
According to bookstore owner, Ted Watkins, “Mr. Frank’s new book will quickly become the standard reference guide for visitors and residents alike.”
Frank said the book is “a culmination of years of writing for The Oregonian Travel Section and getting to know the nooks and crannies of my state.”
“Before I began writing travel articles, I spent a good part of my life as chief of staff to the late Sen. Mark Hatfield; working together for a quarter-century, we visited every corner of Oregon’s geography on constituent swings,” Frank added.
Frank said he offers his establishment recommendations and also tries to “remind readers of intriguing folks (past and present) throughout Oregon, along with tidbits of state history and personal stories.”
A lifelong Oregonian from a family with Oregon roots pre-dating statehood, Frank was part of his family’s “Meier & Frank Co.” department store in Portland for decades. He has his own cake shop and restaurant in Salem, called “Konditorei,” and has been the sole chocolate cake judge for more than 50 years at the Oregon State Fair, tasting by his estimation over 20,000 chocolate cakes.
“I’m a chocoholic,” he quipped.
Frank is well known to many Curry County business proprietors over the years, as he has written extensively about Jerry’s Rogue Jets, Tu Tu Tun Lodge, and many other area attractions.
“Mr. Frank is one of the most entertaining people you will ever meet, and we’re delighted he has chosen our bookstore to introduce his new book,” Watkins said. “To celebrate, we’ll have some complimentary Biscuit Coffeehouse treats – chocolate, of course – for our patrons to enjoy while they listen to Mr. Frank share some of his countless Oregon travel anecdotes.”
Admission to the presentation is free. Gold Beach Books is at 29707 Ellensburg Ave., Gold Beach. Those unable to attend may reserve signed copies of Frank’s book by telephoning the bookstore at 541-247-2495.