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Writers for Spring 2011
Here are the authors coming up on our Northwest Passages series this spring. Read along! And keep the suggestions for future shows coming!
March 17: Chelsea Cain
Chelsea Cain was almost broke, living in a basement apartment with her husband and infant daughter, when her life turned around overnight. Her agent called to say she had a half-million dollar offer for Cain’s first thriller, and the bidding was still going on. Today Cain writes her Heartsick series full time (quitting when it’s time to pick her daughter up from kindergarten.) The books take place in Portland. Her latest, The Night Season, comes out in March and is set during the Vanport Flood.
April 29: Oregon Book Awards
Literary Arts’ annual Oregon Book Awards will be announced on Monday, April 25. We’ll talk with one of the winners. Check out the finalists here.
May 12: Karl Marlantes
Seattle writer Karl Marlantes grew up in Seaside and joined the Army right out of high school. When he came back, he wrote. “When I needed to deal with the war, I would go in the basement and whale away on this novel,” he told me. But it took 30 years for the result, Matterhorn, to be published. Out last year in hardcover and now in paperback, he says it’s a story “of a young man who has to learn compassion in a very hard place.” Despite conflicts since, Marlantes says the US intervention in Vietnam remains the “biggest split in this country since the Civil War. It’s not healed, and it may not be until this generation dies.”
June 9: Ellen Waterson
Ellen Waterson was raised back east but spent decades ranching in the alkaline flats of Oregon’s high desert. She saw her marriage crumble due to her husband’s meth addiction; she keeps ranchers’ wives’ secrets as only a member of that clan can. Now, writing and teaching in Bend, Waterson tells much of her story in her 2010 collection of essays, Where the Crooked River Rises.