SATURDAY, 11/13 William Least Heat-Moon, From Sea to Shining Sea—While Blue Highways was his exploration of America by road, River Horse is Heat-Moon's journey across


Northwest Bookfest 1999 Event Listings

SATURDAY, 11/13 William Least Heat-Moon, From Sea to Shining Sea—While Blue Highways was his exploration of America by road, River Horse is Heat-Moon's journey across the states via their rivers. From Astoria, NY, to Astoria, OR, he logged more than 5,000 miles aboard his 22-foot dory Nikawa, the Osage word for "river horse." Meanwhile, the author also logged 500 pages of philosophic musings, high adventure, and honest—and at times folksy—prose. Join Heat-Moon for more about his discovery of a familiar yet new country. Hugo Stage, 10:30. —D.M. Artistic Mystery and Museum Mayhem—Art, lost and found, is at the root of what is sure to be a fascinating conversation, if not only for the combination of writers. Art critic Sheila Farr sits down with Nick Bantock (Griffin and Sabine), whose newest pictorial journey, The Museum at Purgatory, takes the reader on a tour of various earthly collections assembled and guarded by the narrator/curator; Second Story Books manager Thomas Orton contributes with his debut, The Lost Glass Plates of Wilfred Eng, a Seattle-set tale of a despairing art dealer who comes across potentially valuable negatives of a nude woman; and Matthew Stadler, whose main character in Allan Stein hunts for lost Picasso sketches. Art for art's sake? Perhaps it should be for book's sake, as words and pictures come just a little closer together for an afternoon. Barnes & Noble Carver Stage, 11:45.—E.B.R. Anatomy of a City: Inside Seattle Architecture—From the under-construction confines of the Convention Center, Seattle-In-Progress is up for discussion. Architectural chronicler Paul Dorpat (Seattle: Now and Then, Building Washington: A History of Washington State Public Works), urban designer and Seattle Times contributor Mark Hinshaw (Citistate Seattle: Shaping a Modern Metropolis), Historic Seattle director Lawrence Kreisman (Made to Last: Historic Preservation in Seattle and King County), and urban planner/real estate developer David Sucher (City Comforts: How to Build an Urban Village) wrangle with our city's architectural past and future. KUOW/KPLU Hall Stage, 11:45.—E.B.R. The Lure of Tibet—Revered by mountain climbers, idealists, and Buddhists, among others, Tibet has become a sparkling jewel locked in the glass case of China. Hear writer and panel moderator Gordon Janow, director of programs at Alpine Ascents International; Todd Burleson, mountain climber and founder of AAI; Art Perry, author and photographer of The Tibetans; and Her Eminence Jamyang Dagmola Sakya, author of Princess in the Land of Snows: The Life of Jamyang Sakya in Tibet, as they discuss why we should pick that lock. US WEST Maclean Stage, noon.—D.M. The New Underground: Today's Trash, Tomorrow's Literature—You no longer have to be embarrassed about that copy of Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls tucked under your bed. It's not just trash, it's literary trash. Join members of the alternative press as they talk about trash and its potential to become art. Juliette Torrez, editor of The Sofa Surfing Handbook: A Guide for Modern Nomads, will moderate a group consisting of Sean Carlson, from Pistil Books and News; De Kwok, of Milky World, a 'zine and art gallery; Jennifer Nace, of Left Bank Books Collective, and Ron Turner, from Last Gasp Books. Stanford Stage, noon.—D.M. You Can't Write if You Don't Read—Poet and author of the novel The Pearl of Ruby City Jana Harris will moderate as travel writer Jonathan Raban (Passage to Juneau: A Sea and Its Meanings), poet Belle Randall (101 different ways of playing solitaire, and other poems), and author Irene Wanner (Sailing to Corinth) stress the importance of picking up a few books before you attempt to write your own. Third Place/Elliott Bay Beard Stage, 12:15.—D.M. Jack Cady: An American Writer—In The American Writer: Shaping A Nation's Mind, Cady offers a comprehensive commentary that spans hundreds of years and touches upon all the major authors, periods, and genres of American literary history. The Cherokee creation myth, the science fiction of Ursula LeGuin, and the sermons of Cotton Mather are only a few of the nuggets found in this gold mine. The Ohio-born author began his career in 1965 by winning the Atlantic Monthly's "First" award for his short story "Burning." From there he wrote eight novels and four volumes of short fiction, picking up a number of awards along the way. Cady sits down with KPLU's Donna Weinch. Barnes & Noble Carver Stage, 1:15.—D.M. Elusive Truths: The Art of Writing Biography—How do you capture ghosts and make them walk again among the pages of your book? Find out as three biographers muse upon the triumphs and travails of portraying past lives: museum curator Patricia Albers, author of Shadows, Fire, Snow: The Life of Tina Modotti, a book that captures the short, intense life of Italian-born photographer Tina Modotti; Jonathan Kirsch is the author of The Life of Moses (as well as the acclaimed The Harlot by the Side of the Road: Forbidden Tales of the Bible), his attempt to depict a historical Moses; and David Laskin, whose soon-to-be-released Partisans: Marriage, Politics, and Betrayal Among the New York Intellectuals, is a study, ranging from the '30s to the '60s, of the intellectual couples surrounding the Partisan Review. Microsoft Press McCarthy Stage, 1:15.—D.M. Chris Matthews—The current Washington Bureau Chief for the San Francisco Examiner and host of CNBC's Hardball, Matthews possesses an insider's view of the political arena: He served as an aide to Senator Edmund S. Muskie, a presidential speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, and a longtime administrative assistant to former House Speaker Tip O'Neal. His insight, combined with his skill as a writer (Matthews has been a nationally syndicated columnist since 1987), has produced Hardball with Chris Matthews: How Politics is Played—Told by One Who Knows the Game. Matthews will discuss politicians' batting stances with KING 5's Jean Enerson. Hugo Stage, 1:30.—D.M. Family Portraits: Faces of the American Family—Award-winning journalist, CNN correspondent, and author Maria Hinojosa has been called one of the most influential Latinos in the US. Raising Raul is her exploration of motherhood and a search for balance between Hinojosa's traditional Mexican upbringing and the independent American woman that she strives to be. She will appear alongside Dan Savage, sex columnist, editor of The Stranger, and proof that gay guys believe in family too, dammit, with The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Get Pregnant—An Adoption Story. In this sharp book filled with Savagesque sarcasm and the occasional soft spot, Dan discusses everything from open adoption to circumcision. US WEST Maclean Stage, 1:30.—D.M. Young Women's Power Hour: Empowered by the Written Word—Join moderator Ophira Edut (founding publisher of HUES and editor of Adios, Barbie: Young Women Write About Body Image and Identity), Deb Levine (The Joy of CyberSex), Carolyn Mackler (journalist and young adult novelist), Voronica Whitney-Robinson (Sceptre of the Black Rose), Joli Sandoz (Whatever It Takes: Women on Women's Sports), and my personal faves, Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker of Sleater- Kinney (the Olympia-based indie rock band, one of whose albums was included in SPIN's Top 90 of the '90s) as they speak on the ubiquitous nature of the written word and how it has enhanced and enriched their lives. Barnes & Noble Carver Stage, 2:45.—D.M. Vietnam Voices: A Wartime Legacy—Two decades after the end of the Vietnam War, the country lives on in the memories, nightmares, and dreams of those who experienced it firsthand. Among these are Jerome Gold, author of Sergeant Dickinson, an in-your-face fictional character study of a green beret's path that leads him in, out, and back into the Vietnam War; Robert S. McKelvey, the writer behind The Dust of Life: America's Children Abandoned in Vietnam, a documentation of the plights of numerous American soldiers' and Vietnamese women's children as they struggle to survive in a country that treats them as outcasts; and Andrew X. Pham, author of Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam, the autobiographical account of a Vietnamese immigrant who muses on family, identity, and home as he rides his bike across various countries, including his homeland. Hear them speak at KUOW/KPLU Hall Stage, 2:45.—D.M. Jonathan Raban—Passage to Juneau: A Sea and Its Meanings is the personal travelogue that maps British-born Raban's journey from Seattle to Juneau in a small boat with his thoughts as his only companion. Along the way Raban muses upon his life, the death of his father, his failed marriage, and the lives of those who blazed this watery trail to make history. On every page, from the fog-shrouded coasts to the salty marine air, the sea is the leading character. The Stranger's Charles Mudede will speak with the author, who has built a respected body of work that also includes Bad Land, Hunting Mister Heartbreak, and Coasting. Hugo Stage, 3.—D.M. Pop Culture With a Vengeance: Can the Contemporary Be Literary?—If Brad Pitt or Ben Stiller stars in a movie based on your novel, does that mean your name will be more likely to pop up in the television archives rather than the literary archives 100 years from now? Maybe not. Join Greg Burkman, moderator, Michael Brodsky (We Can Report Them), Zak Mucha (The Beggars' Shore), Chuck Palahniuk (Invisible Monsters, Fight Club), John Ridley (Everybody Smokes in Hell), and Jerry Stahl (Perv—A Love Story, Permanent Midnight) as they discuss highbrow and lowbrow (and maybe the power of Oprah?). US WEST Maclean Stage, 3.—D.M. And the Beat Goes On . . . The Literary Movement that Changed a Nation—Go, baby, go! The Beat legend never ends, and Robert Briggs and Holly George-Warren can provide proof of that: Poet Briggs brings his personal monologue, part memoir, part scholarly appreciation, to his CD, Poetry and the 1950s: Homage to the Beat Generation, on which he reads his own poetry as well as that of the Beats. George-Warren is the editor of The Rolling Stone Book of the Beats: The Beat Generation and American Culture, a collection of remembrances of the hipsters by various writers, artists, and icons, including Hunter S. Thompson, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Carolyn Cassady. Third Place/Elliott Bay Stage, 3:15.—D.M. Around the World with Travel Guides—Presented by Sasquatch Books, this forum will include: moderator Simone Andrus, the owner of Wide World Books and Maps; James O'Reilly, editor of Danger! True Stories of Trouble and Survival (Travelers' Tales Guides) and the author of Testosterone Planet; Steve Smith, a writer of Rick Steves' Guides, including Rick Steves' France, Belgium, and the Netherlands guides; Giselle Smith, editor of Seattle Best Places; and Katherine Widing, travel writer and guide buyer for Wide World Books and Maps. Microsoft Press McCarthy Stage, 4:15.—D.M. Thom Jones: Hitting Below the Belt—A master of the short story and a finalist for the National Book Award, Jones' work has graced the pages of The New Yorker, Playboy, Esquire, GQ, and Harper's, as well as two short story collections, Cold Snap and The Pugilist at Rest. He will share his latest book of stories, Sonny Liston was a Friend of Mine, with a crop of characters including Vietnam vets, boxers, and a 92-year-old woman. Alex Tizon of The Seattle Times talks it up with the master storyteller. Hugo Stage, 4:30.—D.M. Drawn to Danger: Fiction that Walks on the Wild Side—Compared to these folks, Raymond Chandler's tales are like the plots of after-school specials: James Cobb, author of two techno thrillers, Choosers of the Slain and Sea Strike, and the recent West on 66, a noir mystery; Robert Ferrigno, a veteran reader at the Seattle Mystery Bookshop and the author of such suspense novels as Horse Latitudes and his latest, Heartbreaker; Joe Lansdale, writer of more than 20 books and 200 short stories, with a recent novel entitled Freezer Burn; James Thayer, author of the suspense novels White Star, Five Past Midnight, and, hot off the press, Terminal Event. Steve Scher will moderate them, if he dares. US WEST Maclean Stage, 4:30.—D.M. SUNDAY, 11/14 Pam Houston: But Enough about You—It wouldn't be the Northwest Bookfest without a little cowgirl sass, now would it? Houston, who has been a local favorite since her Cowboys are My Weakness was snatched off shelves earlier this decade, is back—this time with some personal nonfiction. In A Little More about Me, Houston assembles essays on everything from mountain goats to wine and lets us into that feisty head of hers. KUOW's Marcie Sillman sits alongside for what should be a revelatory conversation. Hugo Stage, 10:30.—E.B.R. Jim Whittaker: A Life on the Edge—Although being the first American to summit Mt. Everest was one of Whittaker's greater feats, this climber's life has consisted of a series of feats to surmount: climbing Mt. Rainier, climbing K2, surviving a divorce, remarrying, raising children, founding REI. . . . At age 70, Whittaker has much to talk about. Join him in an interview by Bruce Barcott (Measure of a Mountain) as they ascend the conversational peaks of Jim Whittaker: A Life on the Edge. Presented by The Mountaineers Books. US WEST Maclean Stage, 10:30.—D.M. Out of Mouths, Onto Pages: Traditional Tellers in Print—The merit of good folklore is in its ability to be transmitted, and based on the books of these authors, one can assume some international tales won't die out any time soon. Margaret Read McDonald will moderate a group of storytellers, travelers, and folklorists with much to offer from their bags of words: Margaret H. Lippert, writer of numerous folktale compilations and the recent The Sea Serpent's Daughter: A Brazilian Legend; Colleen J. McElroy, professor, poet, and author of Over the Lip of the World: Among the Storytellers of Madagascar; Won-Ldy Paye, author of Why Leopard Has Spots: Dan Stories from Liberia; Cathy Spagnoli, author of Asian Tales and Tellers; and Kira Van Deusen, author of Raven and the Rock: Storytelling in Chukotka. KUOW/KPLU Hall Stage, 10:30.—D.M. Graywolf Goes Silver—Even though she's strayed from the pack and moved to Minnesota, no one's forgotten Graywolf Press. Founded 25 years ago, Graywolf's roots grew deep enough into the Olympic Peninsula to keep any change of locale from affecting the feelings of its Northwest family. On hand in a tribute moderated by Nancy Pearl, Graywolf's published pups will include Dana Gioia (The Gods of Winter), John Haines (The Owl in the Mask of the Dreamer), Robin Hemley (Nola: A Memoir of Faith, Art, and Madness), Laura Kalpakian (The Delinquent Virgin), and David Shields (Black Planet: Facing Race During the NBA Season). Barnes & Noble Carver Stage, 11:45.—D.M. Romancing the Dream: Ideals in Modern Romantic Fiction—Eat your heart out, Harlequin! Romance writers get down and dirty and wallow in their reputations and the myths that perpetuate them. Sit down to the likes of Stella Cameron (Key West), Stef Ann Holm (Hooked), Sandra Kitt (Family Affairs), Jayne Ann Krentz (a.k.a. Amanda Quick, a.k.a. Jayne Castle, Eye of the Beholder), and Susan Wiggs (The Charm School). Can pop-culture professor and moderator Jack Estes hold his own in this prolific coterie? Microsoft Press McCarthy Stage, 11:45.—E.B.R. Ivan Doig: Of Letters and Land—The man who has so often mused on Montana with such novels as This House of Sky and his "Montana Trilogy" has headed west with Mountain Time, Doig's novel about Mitch Rozier, a 50-something Montana-born columnist for a once-hip weekly newspaper on the verge of folding (not the Weekly, thank you very much). Through the course of the novel Rozier must leave "Cyberia," the realm of computers and coffee, to revisit a fading father, a fading past, and a fading face of the West. Doig will be joined by The Seattle Times' Ross Anderson. Hugo Stage, noon. —D.M. Sound and Fury: Recreating Historic Disasters—It seems that nature is nurturing more and more writers these days, and who better to contemplate the age-old struggle between man and the elements than the trio of William Dietrich (Ice Reich), Gary Kinder (Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea), and Erik Larson (Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History)? From the arctic netherworld to the ocean floor to the destructive power of wind, writers acknowledge and confront the forces that are stronger than we are. KUOW/KPLU Hall Stage, noon.—E.B.R. Traditional Publishing in a Nontraditional World—The Internet explosion has thrown print publishing into a state of disarray bordering on panic as publishing companies struggle to come up with a "Web strategy" that won't bankrupt them. Moderator Glenn Fleishman, whose writing appears regularly in the New York Times, Business 2.0, and Adobe magazine, matches wits with Candace Dempsey, managing editor of Underwire; Patricia Lee Smith, executive producer of; Sherry Howland, editor of; and Fred Moody, managing editor of the Seattle Weekly and author of I Sing the Body Electronic and The Visionary Position. Graphic Arts Center Levertov Stage, noon.—Fred Moody Cartoonists' Text: Beyond the Balloon—What would a comic book be without word-filled balloons or situational boxes? Think about it. [Meanwhile, in Seattle . . .] Moderator Gary Groth of Fantagraphics talks with Peter Bagge (Hate), Shary Flenniken (Seattle Laughs), Pulitzer Prize-winner David Horsey (Seattle Post-Intelligencer), and Jim Woodring (Frank) about making cartoons speak. "Holy hacks, Batman! Without writers we'd be speechless superheroes!" "Well spoken, Robin." Attachmate Stafford Stage, 12:15.—D.M. The Music Journalist: Cultural Critic or Contributor?—Seattle Weekly staff writer (we hear he even bought a tie for the occasion!) James Bush, whose new book Encyclopedia of Northwest Music: From Classical Recordings to Classic Rock Performance surveys the local music scenes as only he, a 15-year veteran of the rock/grunge trenches, could, moderates a panel discussion with Peter Blackstock, who himself hit the shelves with No Depression: An Introduction to Alternative Country Music; Newsweek's David Gates (also the author of the short story collection The Wonders of the Invisible World); Village Voice contributor Nelson George (Hip-Hop America); Ann Powers, coeditor of Rock, She Wrote: Women Write About Rock, Pop, and Soul; and Eric Weisbard, senior contributing editor at Spin magazine (Spin Alternative Records Guide). Barnes & Noble Carver Stage, 1:15.—E.B.R. John McCain: In the Footsteps of My Fathers—In Faith of My Fathers: A Family Memoir, is Arizona Republican senator John McCain III's recollection of his past up until the Vietnam War. He draws his strength from a family with a history steeped in war, as both his grandfather and father were naval commanders during World War II. KUOW's Steve Scher will interview McCain as he discusses his family heritage and the way it eased his harrowing days spent as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. Hugo Stage, 1:30.—D.M. Rick Steves: Postcards from Europe—He's been everywhere in Europe, finds those hidden enclaves of (previously) tourist-free bliss, and happily hikes around with a backpack and a healthy dose of dweeby know-how. Rick Steves, a one-man industry from Edmonds, has led his disciples to the tiny hamlets and majestic centers of the Continent, and will be put to the test by Seattle Times travel writer John MacDonald in a one-on-one rap session, which will no doubt bring up the latest on the Steves book shelf: Postcards from Europe: 25 Years of Travel Tales from America's Favorite Guidebook. US WEST Maclean Stage, 1:30.—E.B.R. Memories of Cuba—Flor Fernandez Barrios is the author of Blessed by Thunder: Memoir of a Cuban Girlhood, an account of her difficult childhood in Castro's Cuba, a spiritual text, and a book that has been compared to Isabel Allende's The House of the Spirits. Join her as she discusses the loss of roots, the struggle with exile, and the healing grace of ancestors with adventure diva and producer Holly Morris. KUOW/KPLU Hall Stage at 1:30.—D.M. Individuals in Midlife: From Crisis to Crusade—Just when you thought you had the rest of your life under your thumb, it has to go and change on you. Seattle Times writer Melinda Bargreen will moderate a group of writers whose books have reinterpreted midlife as new life: cookbook author Betty Fussell's sweet and sour autobiography, My Kitchen Wars; Kristin Hannah's On Mystic Lake, about a wife and mother whose perfectly packaged life suddenly unravels; Craig Lesley's latest chapter in the tale of a drifter and a failed rodeo-rider, River Song; Diane McKinney-Whetstone's Blues Dancing; and Marian Michener's Dreaming Under a Ton of Lizards, a portrait of one woman's battle with alcoholism. Attachmate Stafford Stage, 1:45.—D.M. Growing Up Girl—Girls just wanna grow up! Seattle Public Library head librarian Deborah Jacobs comes at the coming-of-age book with a group of women writers whose characters are thrust into situations in which they must realize their true selves. Rebecca Chace (Capture the Flag), Rhoda Huffey (The Hallelujah Side), Lily King (The Pleasing Hour), Diane Lesley (Fleur de Leigh's Life of Crime), and Suneeta Peres da Costa (Homework) talk amongst themselves about the girls in their books who must overcome place and circumstance to have a shot at (finally, hopefully) becoming grownups. Third Place/Elliott Bay Beard Stage, 1:45.—E.B.R. David Shields: In the Paint—Culture critic and frenetic meditator Shields has turned his attention most recently to the Seattle SuperSonics and the NBA. His Black Planet: Facing Race During an NBA Season is a fascinating and relentless study of American race relations as seen through the bizarre prism of the National Basketball Association. Shields is interviewed by Fred Moody, managing editor of the Seattle Weekly and author of Fighting Chance: An NFL Season with the Seattle Seahawks. Barnes & Noble Carver Stage, 2:45.—F.M. To a Culture Born—A three-way about where we find ourselves when our selves actually stand up and walk for the first time, this group should have a lot to add to the nature versus nurture debate. Julia Boyd, a psychotherapist and author (Can I Get a Witness?, Black Women and Depression) sits down with Dharma Girl Chelsea Cain, who grew up in a commune in Iowa and set her own course in words (editor, Wild Child: Girlhoods in the Counterculture), and Robin Magowan, a former UW professor whose family (grandson of Charles Merrill, founder of Merrill Lynch, and nephew of lauded poet James Merrill) drove him both toward and away from his true yearnings (Memoirs of a Minotaur). Attachmate Stafford Stage, 3:15.—E.B.R. Expansive Poetry—Founding editor and champion of New Formalism as both a poet and a critic, Robert McDowell (Poetry After Modernism, The Reaper Essays) returns for his third Bookfest to moderate a timely panel on New Formalism and New Narrative. Poets Bart Baxter (former Seattle Slam champion, Sonnets for the Mare Imbrium), Dana Gioia (The Gods of Winter, Can Poetry Matter?: Essays on Poetry and American Culture), and Judith Roche (Myrrh) state their predilections. Two topics worth a shout: What is poetry? and who needs haiku, anyway? Third Place/Elliott Bay Beard Stage, 3:15.—E.B.R. David Guterson: Crossing Mountains, Finding Memories—So it wasn't Snow Falling on Cedars (coming to a screen near you this holiday season!) Part Deux, but East of the Mountains, Guterson's latest fictional journey, tells the compelling story of a man who, when diagnosed with cancer, determines to end his life. KUOW's Ross Reynolds shares an hour with the man who has lived the dream of writing a wildly successful first novel from his rustic island home—a scenario so envied you can't help but shake your head and sigh. So, what's the second time around like? At least there's lots of lovely local scenery to rely on, right? Hugo Stage, 4:30.—E.B.R. The Grudge Match: The Northwest Bookfest Poetry Slam—Reputations will crumble, courage will fail, and, despite the stream of language spewed forth by a variety of contestants, the audience judges will have the last word. Watch the mike teeter, crash, and ooze with words from hopeful slammers. Spoken word and "establishment" poetry will stand up to the cheers and jeers, and the whole thing will be interpreted in American Sign Language, thanks to the Seattle Deaf Poets Association. Be prepared for anything. US WEST Maclean Stage, 4:30.—E.B.R. Thoroughly Modern Mythology: The Classical Hero in Popular Fiction—Myth-makers in today's genre fiction talk about the hero/heroine of contemporary storytelling. Washington Center for the Book's Nancy Pearl dissects the ideal qualities of the main character in popular genre writing with sci-fi guru Greg Bear (Darwin's Radio), queen of hearts Jayne Ann Krentz (Eye of the Beholder), and architect-turned-crime writer S.J. Rozan (Stone Quarry). Third Place/Elliott Bay Beard Stage, 4:45.—E.B.R. See the complete schedule at

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