Sam Howe Verhovek, David Boardman & Friends with Alex Tizon’s Invisible People
We close out our 2019 year of author readings and talks here on a strong note with this presentation by Seattle journalist and author Sam Howe Verhovek and others, of Invisible People: Stories of Lives at the Margins (Temple University Press), a posthumously published collection of Alex Tizon’s stellar journalism work, much of which was written in his years as a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist with the Seattle Times. He would, in time, move south to teach at the University of Oregon, though he returned to Seattle frequently, including a 2014 appearance for his memoir, Big Little Man In Search of My Asian Self.
"Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tizon honors undersung lives in a posthumously published collection. As a reporter, Tizon (1959-2017) gravitated toward misfits, eccentrics, and outsiders, all of whom he treats with acute sensitivity in this roundup of articles originally published between 1994 and 2017. Two autobiographical pieces form the book's moral center.... The other entries consist of newspaper articles demonstrating the wide range of Tizon's sympathies, rooted in his belief that everyone has an 'epic story' to tell.... A memorable collection that shows how much journalism lost with the early death of one of its finest."— Kirkus Reviews.
"(Alex Tizon) is the master of the telling detail that penetrates the surface and makes us understand something or someone—and ultimately ourselves—in a deeper way. Tizon’s beautiful book is as powerful as they come."—Cheryl Strayed.
This evening is expected to include an overview by Sam Howe Verhovek, former Seattle Times editor (now dean at Temple University) David Boardman interviewing Melissa Tizon, Alex's widow, and two Seattle University students reading excerpts from Invisible People.