A reminder that Northwest author Jonathan Evison will be reading from his second novel, West of Here, at the Wenatchee Public Library, on Sunday May 20th. The program starts at 1:30. After his reading he will answer questions and there will be a book signing. A Book for All Seasons will be selling his books.
Mr. Evison was born in San Jose, California and now lives on Bainbridge Island.
His first novel, All About Lulu, was published in 2008. It won the Washington State Book Award. This is a story of love and loss, growing up and moving on. William Miller Jr is a scrawny loner. In the mid seventies, his mother dies of cancer, when he is seven years old. He is an awkward vegetarian, living with a macho father, and twin brothers in which he has nothing in common. His father remarries and William falls in love with his new stepsister, Lulu. They have a close relationship, but after a summer at cheerleading camp Lulu returns home and is distant and hostile. William pines for the relationship they shared for years but in the early 1990’s he discovers things about Lulu that he would rather not know.
Mr. Evison’s second novel, West of Here, was published in 2011. It won the 2012 Pacific Northwest Best Sellers Award, and the Booklist Editor’s Choice Award. The novel is set in the fictional town of Port Bonita, on Washington’s Pacific coast. Part of the book focuses on the founder’s of the town in 1890. He also tells the story of their descendants in 2006. The novel develops a conversation between the two, the founders rushing blindly toward the future while the descendants struggle to undo the damage of the past.
Mr. Evison is known for his colorful book touring. In 2009 he was nominated by the American Book Association as Most Engaging Speaker. The emails I have received from him have been extremely entertaining. I am expecting a wonderful program. Hope to see all of you on the 20th!!