Fall 2018 Author Panel
Friends of the Winthrop Library is thrilled to highlight local and regional writers in our first Author Panel as our very first First Friday program this fall. We hope you’ll learn about each of these writers and their work, as well as about our outstanding facilitator and new Methow resident, Ashley Ahearn, below. See you at 6 on October 5th at Trails End! (wine, beer and refreshments for purchase!)
Peter Donahue is the author most recently of Three Sides Water (2018), a trilogy of short novels set on the Olympic Peninsula. He is also the author the novels Clara and Merrit (2010) and Madison House (2005, winner of the Languam Prize for American Historical Fiction) and the short story collection The Cornelius Arms (2000). He is the co-editor of Seven Years on the Pacific Slopes, a 1912 memoir of life in the Methow Valley, and of the literary anthologies Reading Seattle and Reading Portland. His book Salmon Eaters, Apple Knockers, Rain Worshippers, and Sagbrushers: Washington's Lost Literary Legacy will be published by Washington State University Press in 2019.
See more at peterdonahue.org.
ana maria spagna
Ana Maria Spagna lives and writes in Stehekin, Washington, a remote community in the North Cascades. She is the author of seven books including The Luckiest Scar on Earth, a novel about a 14 year old girl snowboarder, Reclaimers, stories of indigenous people reclaiming sacred land and water, the memoir/history, Test Ride on the Sunnyland Bus, winner of the River Teeth literary nonfiction prize, and two essay collections, Potluck and Now Go Home, and a NEW collection of essays from University of Washington Press, Uplake: Restless Essays of Coming and Going.
See more at anamariaspagna.com.
Chris Solomon was a reporter at the Seattle Times newspaper before turning to freelance journalism, writing about everthing from science, to skiing, to environmental issues, to athlete profiles. He works as a contributing editor at Outside and Runner's World magazines, and his work has appeared in publications ranging from the New York Times Sunday Magazine to Popular Mechanics, Scientific American, National Geographic, Ski, Men's Journal, Departures and others. Chris writes frequently for the New York Times, including the Sunday Travel and Sunday Week in Review sections.
See more at chrissolomon.net.
Best known in the Methow valley as the farmer behind Bluebird Grain farms, Sam Lucy has been writing poems and stories since sixth grade, and publishing for twenty-five years, since he made the Methow Valley his home. Sam’s stories have appeared in Gray’s Sporting Journal for twenty years. His short story collection, Holding Ground, was published in 2005. Outside of producing, processing and selling ancient grains, Sam is working on his second short story collection.
Facilitator: Ashley Ahearn
Ashley Ahearn is an award-winning public media journalist who has covered science and the environment for NPR and member stations for more than a decade. Most recently, she created, hosted and produced terrestrial in partnership with the NPR Story Lab and KUOW in Seattle. Terrestrial is a national podcast that explores the personal choices we make in a climate-changed world. Ashley’s stories have appeared on Marketplace, All Things Considered, Here and Now, The World and other NPR shows. She has a masters in science journalism from the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California and has completed reporting fellowships at the Knight Center at MIT, the Vermont Law School, the Metcalf Institute at the University of Rhode Island and the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources. In her spare time Ashley rides motorcycles and horses or plays outside with her husband and labradoodle.
See more at ahearnproductions.com.