ANNIE PROULX at Seattle Public Library NEW DATE
Co-presented with the WASHINGTON CENTER FOR THE BOOK and the PACIFIC NORTHWEST BOOKSELLERS ASSOCIATION.
**Originally scheduled for April 27th, now moved to May 5th at 7pm**
One of the great, justly honored fiction writers at work in this country today, Annie Proulx makes this rare, welcome appearance for the paperback of one of last year’s most highly regarded novels, Barkskins (Scribner). There is strong reason to think that this will be an enduring work, a masterpiece by the reckoning of many (John Freeman, Boston Globe), a story spanning centuries and telling the stories of two linked families, their descendants, and their relationship to the land, particular its forests. Richly peopled as this book is, the forest is an indomitable character all its own. Barkskins, which was a national bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book, a Washington Post Book of the Year - is the winner of a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, which will be given to Annie Proulx this evening.
“Magnificent... Barkskins flies... One of the chief pleasures of Proulx’s prose is that it conveys you to so many vanished wildwoods, where you get to stand ‘tiny and amazed in the kingdom of pines.’ This is also the great sadness of Barkskins. The propulsive tension here is generated not by wondering what will happen to each character, but by knowing that the forests will be leveled one after another... If Barkskins doesn’t bear exquisite witness to our species’s insatiable appetite for consumption, nothing can.” – Anthony Doerr, Outside Magazine.
“Barkskins is an awesome monument of a book, a spectacular survey of America’s forests dramatized by a cast of well-hewn characters. Such is the magnetism of Proulx’s narrative that there’s no resisting her thundering cascade of stories. A vast woods you’ll want to get lost in. . . Barkskins is a towering new work of environmental fiction.” – Ron Charles, The Washington Post.