Several weeks ago I attended a workshop on writing history given in Burns by Professor Richard Etulain who has written or edited 40 books, mostly on the American West. He's an excellent presenter and writer. His father was Basque, and he grew up on a sheep ranch in Washington. He has a good piece on the Basques on the online Oregon Encyclopedia at www.oregonencyclopedia.org/entry/view/basques/ as well as articles on Ernest Haycox, an Oregon western writer and on whom he did his PhD dissertation, and Edward Baker, a man who figured in the politics of Oregon. He was a friend of Wallace Stegner, who I'm sorry to say, I haven't read so I bought Etulain's book “Stegner: Conversations on History and Literature”. If you are interested in the American West, look for Etulain's books.