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Seattle City of Literature: Reflections from a Community of Writers

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This bookish history of Seattle includes essays, history and personal stories from such literary luminaries as Frances McCue, Tom Robbins, Garth Stein, Rebecca Brown, Jonathan Evison, Tree Swenson, Jim Lynch, and Sonora Jha among many others. Timed with Seattle’s bid to become the second US city to receive the UNESCO designation as a City of Literature, this deeply texture ...more
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Published September 29th 2015 by Sasquatch Books (first published September 22nd 2015)
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Michelle
"Seattle City of Literature: Reflections from a Community of Writers" explores the greatness of literary Seattle in 5 sections: Learning ~ Working ~ Performing ~ Reflecting~ Remembering ~ Many of these essays are written by authors, editors, bookstore owners/managers and assorted book people who either love or reside in Seattle. Writing programs from the Richard Hugo House (founded in 1997), the Seattle Free Lancers, to the Creative Writing Program offered at the University of Washington, (recen ...more
JB Lynn
This pretty much reads like a love letter to the literary scene in Seattle, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Some of the sections are written interview-style with a variety of literary figures answering the same questions. My favorite of these questions where "Best neighborhood to set a murder mystery?" and "Best neighborhood to set a science-fiction novel?" I liked hearing the different anecdotes about booksellers meeting authors and it was fun to see independent bookstores mentioned that I had vis ...more
Ross
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Wonderful collection of reflections and observations on the city’s history and evolution -- since the mid-twentieth century -- as a haven for writers, poets and booksellers. The particular contributions by Eli Hastings, Garth Stein, Karen Finneyfrock, Teri Hein, and Shawn Wong are precious and priceless. A valuable key to understanding the Seattle literary world! Three and a half stars.
Danielle
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting look at the community of writers and other book folk in Seattle. I wish it had included a bit more linear history, but as the title states, it was a collection of reflections on the local literary scene. Shout out to Stesha Brandon who was a big part of the UNESCO effort and makes an appearance in the book.
Leah
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
As Paul Constant writes in his review, included as the closing entry in this book about the literary life of Seattle, this is "a terrific idea I've never seen done before." This will hold appeal for a segment of local readers who enjoy backstory as much as the writing itself.
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