When people think of Northwest regional authors one of the first names that comes to mind is David Guterson. He’s best known for his 1994 novel, Snow Falling on Cedars. To date it has sold four million copies. It won the 1995 Pen/Faulkner Award and was later made into a film. It is what brought this school teacher to national acclaim — and gave him the chance to quit his day job and become a full-time writer.
David Guterson’s new novel, The Other, is the story of two friends from Seattle who take very different paths in life, but never let go of their friendship. One from a blue-collar background becomes suddenly wealthy. The other, from an elite family, decides to leave civilization as we know it and isolate himself in nature. Some critics have compared this story to Jon Krakauer’s nonfiction book Into The Wild.
On Monday David Guterson joins Think Out Loud for an hour-long discussion of his life, his writing, and his home — the Pacific Northwest. Of course he’ll take your questions. Have you picked up The Other yet? What did you think of it? Do you remember reading, or watching, Snow Falling on Cedars? What impact did it have on you? Can you relate to the characters Guterson portrays in his novels? Have you always wanted to escape to the woods like John William Barry in The Other? Have you struggled with prejudice in your community like in Snow Falling on Cedars? Or are you an aspiring writer hoping to get a bit of career advice?