Turning Down the Sound (Paperback)

Travel Escapes in Washington's Small Towns

By Foster Church

Oregon State University Press, 9780870717307, 176pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2014

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In his new travelogue, Foster Church guides adventurers—lifelong residents of the Northwest and visitors alike—to the small communities beyond the state’s well-known urban center.

As in his previous book, Discovering Main Street: Travel Adventures in Small Towns of the Northwest, Church employs the finesse of his Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalism. He also shares his passion for encouraging tourists down less traveled paths—paths that curve beside valleys and wheat fields, travel along orchards and straits, and abut mountains and rivers.

Once inside these small towns, local flavors abound. Church reveals how each community’s unique character informs its hospitality and culture: In Morton, the abandoned Roxy movie theater was re-opened to host lectures and live performances. In the town of Palouse, a once-lonesome farming community in the Washington wheat country is now home to antiques shops and art galleries, and in Pomeroy, a pioneering legacy is celebrated in a lively annual festival.

With maps, photographs, and recommendations for more than thirty-five towns in all corners of the state, Turning Down the Sound vastly expands the resources available for readers and travelers keen on encountering what Church calls American tourism’s last frontier: its small towns.

About the Author

Foster Church is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and was for twenty-seven years a staff writer for The Oregonian. His first book, Discovering Main Street: Travel Adventures in Small Towns of the Northwest, was published by OSU Press in 2010. His travel articles have appeared in newspapers throughout the United States. He lives in Portland, Oregon.