Friday, March 19, 2010

Up & Coming / Has-Been

Over the last few months I have been receiving email updates from one of the editors at HarperCollins Publishers concerning the forthcoming Pacific Northwest Reader, in which my essay "My Washington ID" will be featured. Mid-April marks its latest proposed release date, when it will sit on shelves at independent bookstores around the Oregon, Washington, and Idaho region. To tease you a bit, here's a sample paragraph from that particular essay:

Between Leavenworth and Wenatchee are stretches of road populated by apple trees with white skin and gnarled branches, the heart of Washington’s apple country. Washington has been leading the country in apple production since the 1920s. Once, while rafting the Wenatchee River, our guide pointed to some irrigation ducts just visible near the peaks of the surrounding hills. “We call that the apple juice pipeline," he said. “You know Tree Top?” The six of us in the raft nodded. I’m sure he meant it was for irrigating the apple orchards, but I couldn’t help but imagine gallons and gallons of apple juice being pumped around the state. Now, every time I pass through the sprawling Wenatchee valley, I think of that—that, and the unassuming chic of agri-tourism.

Again, look for The Pacific Northwest Reader in the middle of April. Village Books and Powell's Books will most definitely be carrying it. In fact, Powell's bookseller Gigi Little will be running snippets from essays featured in the book on her own blog to promote the release. And you can bet if places like Auntie's Bookstore and Elliott Bay Book Company don't have it on hand by the end of April, they can order it for you. Don't expect to find it in the big box bookstores or online book traders.

And if you haven't seen my latest work, check out The Outlet blog, Burnside Writers Collective, and order the inaugural issue of Seattle's newest literary magazine, The Wanderlust Review. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that more of the like is in store.