Sam Howe Verhovek & Melissa Tizon
The paperback publication of the late, much-loved Seattle (for many years) journalist Alex Tizon’s posthumously published journalism, Invisible People: Stories of Lives at the Margins (Temple University Press), is celebrated live and in-person as well as virtually at Town Hall this evening. Seattle author and journalist Sam Howe Verhovek, who edited this book of extraordinary pieces, will ‘preside’ over the evening, which will include readings and comments from Melissa Tizon and others.
"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.
Alex Tizon was well known to Elliott Bay, both when he lived and worked here as he attended numerous programs, but also his return in 2014 with his powerful memoir, Big Little Man. Melissa Tizon is the VP of National Communication for Providence, one of the nation’s largest health systems. She is the widow of Alex Tizon.
Presented by Town Hall Civics in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company.