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Looking for a new book for the fall? Read ahead and join in the conversation with these writers as our Northwest Passages series continues.
September 9 — Jean Auel: After intense research into what's known about Ice Age humans, Portland writer Jean Auel published The Clan of the Cave Bear thirty years ago. It was the first in her best-selling Earth's Children series. Now the sixth book is finished. It may be the last tale of Ayla, born Cro-Magnon but raised, then rejected, by a Neanderthal tribe.
September 14 — William Gibson: Sci-fi writer William Gibson's first novel, Neuromancer, was the first ever to win the "triple crown" — the three top literary prizes in the genre. He does film, performance art, and poetry as well. His newest book is Zero History. Gibson lives in Vancouver, BC, after moving to Canada from the U.S. in the 1960s.
September 30 — Brian Doyle: Brian Doyle's day job is editor of Portland Magazine, which Newsweek has called the best university magazine in America and Annie Dillard has called the best spiritual magazine in the country. He's published books on Oregon vineyards, his child's heart surgery, as well as collections of essays and what he calls "proems." His first novel, Mink River, is out this fall.
October 28 — Charles Johnson: When Charles Johnson won the National Book Award in 1990 for his novel Middle Passage, he was the first African American man to do so since Ralph Ellison in 1953. He has published novels, short stories, screenplays, cartoons and more. He recently retired from teaching at the University of Washington. Along the way he had a public disagreement with Alice Walker, became a Buddhist, and helped create Seattle's Bedtime Stories series.
November 24 — TBA
December 23 — William Kittredge: William Kittredge grew up farming and ranching in southeastern Oregon, before he became one of the West's iconic writers. His first major book, Owning It All, is a collection of essays that "mapped the emotional terrain of the modern West." His memoir, Hole In The Sky, continues his deep reflections. He taught at the University of Montana and now lives in Missoula. He co-produced the Oscar-winning film, A River Runs Through It.