Mary Ann Gwinn, Jim Lynch & Lane Morgan on Murray Morgan's Skid Road & Puget's Sound

Murray Morgan’s Skid Road, the story of Seattle’s first century, was published 67 years ago. It has never been out of print and has sold more copies than any other history of Seattle. It’s the history of Seattle’s first dreamers, schemers and grifters, told from “the bottom up.” Join Seattle Times books columnist Mary Ann Gwinn, Lane Morgan (Murray’s daughter), and novelist Jim Lynch, as they discuss the enduring appeal of this classic and its relevance for today’s readers. Elliott Bay Book Company will sell copies of  Skid Road and of Morgan's Tacoma history, Puget's Sound (both recently republished in new editions by University of Washington Press). Seattle’s National Book Award winning author Timothy Egan says of Morgan’s masterpiece: “Over more than half a century, no one has written a better book about Seattle. I keep looking for something, but Skid Road has our soul down cold.”  


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Murray Morgan (1916-2000), a journalist and historian, was the author of more than twenty books, including the well-loved Skid Road and The Last Wilderness. He worked for Time magazine, the New York Herald Tribune, and CBS News and hosted the early morning radio show "Our Town, Our World." 


About the Panelists: 

Mary Ann Gwinn writes about books for the Seattle Times, Newsday and other publications. She wrote the foreword to the new edition of Skid Road. She’s a vice president of the National Book Critics Circle and a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting, and is on the board at Folio. 

Lane Morgan is the author of books including Greetings from Washington and The Winter Harvest Cookbook and co-author of Seattle, A Pictorial HistoryPacific Northwest the Beautiful Cookbook, and The Miracle Planet. She is an adjunct professor of journalism at Western Washington University and a contributor to She was born in Tacoma and lives in Bellingham. 

Olympia’s Jim Lynch is the author of four novels. His latest, Before the Wind, was picked as one of the best novels of the year by the Wall Street Journal and the American Library Association and became a 2018 bestseller in France. His 2012 novel Truth Like the Sun told the story of another pivotal era in Seattle history – the 1962 World’s Fair. The Seattle Times said of Lynch that he “observes like a journalist and writes like a poet.”

Skid Road: An Informal Portrait of Seattle Cover Image
By Murray Morgan, Mary Ann Gwinn (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780295743493
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Washington Press - February 21st, 2018

Puget's Sound: A Narrative of Early Tacoma and the Southern Sound Cover Image
By Murray Morgan, Michael Sean Sullivan (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780295744230
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Washington Press - October 24th, 2018

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 7:00pm
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