This fall the University of Washington Press is thrilled to celebrate the publication of the first two books made possible by the Northwest Writers Fund: Reclaimers by Ana Maria Spagna and Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography by David B. Williams
The Northwest Writers Fund promotes the work of some of the region’s most talented nonfiction writers. We extend a special thanks to all of the fund’s establishing donors including Linda and Peter Capell, Janet and John Creighton, Michael J. Repass, Robert Wack, and others. To contribute to the fund or for more information, please contact Beth Fuget at (206) 616-818 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Too High and Too Steep by David Williams
Residents and visitors in today’s Seattle would barely recognize the landscape that its founding settlers first encountered. As the city grew, its leaders and inhabitants dramatically altered its topography to accommodate their changing visions. In Too High and Too Steep, David B. Williams uses his deep knowledge of Seattle, scientific background, and extensive research and interviews to illuminate the physical challenges and sometimes startling hubris of these large-scale transformations, from the filling in of the Duwamish tideflats to the massive regrading project that pared down Denny Hill.
In the course of telling this fascinating story, Williams helps readers find visible traces of the city’s former landscape and better understand Seattle as a place that has been radically reshaped.
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Wednesday, September 9, 7:00 p.m. // University Book Store – Seattle
Wednesday, September 16, 7:00 p.m. // Village Books (Bellingham)
Saturday, September 26, 1:00-3:00 p.m. // A Book for All Seasons (Leavenworth)
Saturday, October 10, 2:00 p.m. // Seattle Public Library with Elliott Bay Book Company
Thursday, November 12, 7:00 p.m. // Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park
Reclaimers by Ana Maria Spagna
Acclaimed literary writer Ana Maria Spagna drives an aging Buick up and down the long strip of West Coast mountain ranges–the Panamints, the Sierras, the Cascades–and alongside rivers to explore the ways and places in which people (mostly women) have worked to reclaim land that has been co-opted by outside, usually industrial, forces. In uncovering the heroic stories of those who persevered for decades, Spagna seeks a way for herself, and for all of us, to take back and to make right in a time of unsettling ecological change. Her wonderful first-person narrative opens readers up to the urgency of recognizing the place of the natural world and nudges us all to remember that it’s not too late to make a difference.
More information here.
Friday, September 25, 7:00 p.m. // Elliott Bay Book Company
Wednesday, October 7, 7:00 p.m. // Lopez Bookshop (Lopez Island)
Thursday, October 8, 7:00 p.m. // Village Books (Bellingham)
Friday, October 9, 3:00 p.m. // A Book for All Seasons (Leavenworth)
Friday, October 9, 6:30 p.m. // Leavenworth Library (Leavenworth)
Thursday, October 15, 7:00 p.m. // Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park
Thursday, October 29, 7:30 p.m. // Powell’s Books on Hawthorne (Portland, OR)