Debra Gwartney with Margot Kahn
One night after Barry Lopez and his book of travels, landscape, and life lived, another evening of similar bearing, albeit with a more particular focus on the western U.S. Debra Gwartney makes this welcome Elliott Bay return to read from her prize-winning new book, I Am a Stranger Here Myself (University of New Mexico Press). Recipient of the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize, this beautifully written book looks hard and deep at the lives of settler women in the U.S. west, using Narcissa Prentiss Whitman as a focal point.
“For women, the West can be a two-hearted place—a place of belonging and alienation, a place of history and its erasure. In this brilliant exploration of what it means to be a woman of the West, Debra Gwartney interweaves her own story with that of Narcissa Whitman. The result is a beautiful hybrid—a genre-busting book that takes a profound, relatable, and riveting look at Western identity, then and now.”—Claire Dederer.
“I Am a Stranger Here Myself is a lively memoir, half personal, half historical but intertwined and connected in surprising ways. Fascinating.”—Gretel Ehrlich.
Debra will appear in conversation with Seattle writer, Margot Kahn, author of Horses that Buck, and editor of This is the Place.