Mark Sarvas with Charles Johnson
Novelist Mark Sarvas, appearing in conversation with Seattle writer and University of Washington Professor Emeritus Charles Johnson tonight, reads from his new book, Memento Park (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), in which a man’s discovery of a painting stolen from his family during World War II leads to revelations about his estranged father and his family. Mark Sarvas is the author of the novel Harry, Revised. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle, PEN/America, and PEN Center USA, and teaches novel writing at the UCLA Extension Writers Program.
"What does the next generation carry forward, and why is it so compelling? In his powerful novel Memento Park, Mark Sarvas explores the essential questions of history, its burdens, and legacies. The gifted novelist Sarvas takes us by the hand and tells us a story that demands to be heard." —Min Jin Lee.
Charles Johnson, novelist and one of America’s preeminent scholars on literature and race, is the author of The Way of the Writer: Reflections on the Art and Craft of Storytelling, Middle Passage, The Dreamer and other books. A new book of stories, Night Hawks, is due out later this spring. Charles Johnson first appeared at Elliott Bay in 1984.