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Reading Seattle: The City in Proseby Peter Donahue and John Trombold
Synopses & Reviews
Seattle, with its spectacular natural beauty and rough frontier history, has inspired writers from its earliest days. This anthology spans seven decades and includes fiction, memoirs, histories, and journalism that define the city or use it as a setting, imparting the flavor of the city through a literary prism.
Reading Seattle ranges from classics by Horace R. Cayton, Richard Hugo, Betty MacDonald, Mary McCarthy, Murray Morgan, and John Okada to more recent works by Sherman Alexie, Lynda Barry, David Guterson, J. A. Jance, and Jonathan Raban. It includes cutting-edge work by emerging talents and reintroduces works by important Seattle writers who may have been overlooked in recent years.
The writers featured in this volume explore a variety of neighborhoods and districts within the city, delineating urban spaces and painting memorable portraits of characters both historical and fictional.
Authors featured in Reading Seattle: Sherman Alexie, Peter Bacho, Lynda Barry, Archie Binns, Matt Briggs, Colette Brooks, Rebecca Brown, Michael Byers, Jack Cady, Horace R. Cayton, Walt Crowley, Charles D'Ambrosio, Timothy Egan, Earl W. Emerson, David Guterson, Neil Henry, Josephine Herbst, Richard Hugo, J. A. Jance, Thom Jones, Mark Lindquist, Betty MacDonald, Mary McCarthy, Lydia Minatoya, Murray Morgan, John Okada, Mary Brinker Post, Jonathan Raban, Paisley Rekdal, Tom Robbins, Nancy Wilson Ross, Emily Baillargeon Russin, Roger Sale, Charlotte Watson Sherman, David Shields, Natalia Rachel Singer, Monica Sone, Matthew Stadler, Emmett Watson, Edwin Weihe, and Barbara Wilson.
"[B]racing, informative, and strikingly varied....No matter what your tastes are, the anthology provides a fascinating sense of listening in on the mind of the city, humming away over the decades and coming up with myriad harmonies and discords distinctively its own." The Seattle Times
"[A] volume that fills a book void....[Donahue and Trombold] have worked hard to include many of the city's finest writers over the past 70 years...[and] have also done an admirable job in showcasing many lesser-known but rising talents." Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"[A]n absorbing collection that will take you north without need of train or car." The Oregonian (Portland, OR)
"No prose anthology, in my view, could be more helpful...in delivering Seattle's relatively recent but startlingly rich history and diverse literary voices. For those unable to live in or visit this ever-surprising city, Reading Seattle may just be the next best thing." Charles Johnson, from the Foreword
About the Author
Sometime Seattle resident Peter Donahue teaches at Birmingham-Southern College and is the author of The Cornelius Arms and Madison House.
John Trombold, an independent scholar, has taught English at a number of schools including Seattle University, Pacific Lutheran University, Seattle Central Community College, and the Lakeside School.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Charles Johnson
Introduction by Peter Donahue
Part 1: Coming into Focus (1930s1980s)
Part 2: Many Voices (1980s1990s)
Part 3: Unto Itself (1990sEarly 2000s)
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