David Guterson, Seattle novelist, short story writer, poet, journalist, and essayist, will be the featured speaker in the forthcoming Vashon Center for the Arts TALKS on the Rock series next Wednesday, November 6, at 7:00 pm. His appearance coincides with the publication of his latest book, Turn Around Time: A walking Poem for the Pacific Northwest, and his subject for the evening—walking, meditation, and their relationship to the writing process—springs from the book itself.
Guterson said of the book, “It’s a journey through quintessential and iconic Northwest mountain landscapes—the poetry of an inveterate hiker and climber who returns to the same trails, river valleys, and peaks year after year.” His talk, he said, will explore the the relationship of walking and writing, the ways they resonate with one another, and their long association in literature.
Guterson’s book is something of a departure for him. “Turn Around Time, in a sense, happened to me over the course of two weeks,” he said. “The music of the poem began to play inside my head, and I rode along on its propulsive rhythm happily to the end.” Vashon Bookshop will have copies of the book available for purchase at VCA.
He is best known as the author of Snow Falling on Cedars in 1994, which earned him the prestigious PEN/Faulkner Award. His many other awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the White Award for Journalism, the Washington State Governor’s Writers Award, and the American Booksellers Association Book of the Year Award. He is the author of 11 books to date.
He is a graduate of the University of Washington with a BA in English and an MFA in creative writing. After graduation he taught high school English, and at the same time began work as a freelance journalist, becoming a contributing editor to Harper’s magazine. He is also co-founder of Field’s End, a writer’s community, and in 1998 established the David Guterson Award for MFA students in creative writing at the University of Washington.
Wednesday, November 6, 7:00pm
Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door | $5 for youth