Seattle Book Event


Puget Sound friends! I will be talking about foraging, fishing, writing, kids in the outdoors and conservation with my good friend, author Bruce Barcott, on Tuesday, April 12th at the Seattle Patagonia store. At some point, I will read a few stories from Closer to the Ground as well. Doors open at 7:00pm, talk and reading starts at 7:30. If nothing else, come for the snacks from Patagonia Provisions and beer.

The real treat of the evening, though, is the opportunity to meet Bruce. He’s an incredible writer and thinker, and the author of some of my favorite books: The Measure of a Mountain, The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw, and most recently, Weed the People. And since he’s going to be asking the questions, I guess I’m not really sure what exactly we’ll be talking about. But knowing Bruce, I’m sure it will be interesting.

I’m stoked for the event and looking forward to meeting everyone. Come on down if you can. Hope you are all well.

Portland Book Event + Tour Schedule


Just a quick reminder about upcoming book tour events. I will be at the Portland Patagonia store Wednesday, March 9th, “in conversation with” my good friend, novelist John Larison. Doors open at 7:00pm, and we’ll start talking about Closer to the Ground, kids, foraging and food at 7:45. At some point, I will read some stories from the book as well. Snacks from Patagonia Provisions. Join us if you can.

And if you don’t know him or his work, Larison is brilliant. He’s the author of Northwest of Normal and Holding Lies, not to mention an incredible new novel (It’s going to be huge!) due out next year. He’s also a hell of a nice guy, an amazing angler, hunter, forager and father, and one of the main forces behind my writing of the book in the first place. His work and life continue to inspire me, and I’m honored to appear with him. I think you’ll really enjoy meeting him.

I will post more specifics as the dates come closer, but here are a few more: I will be at Patagonia San Francisco at 7:00pm, March 16th; Patagonia Seattle, 7:00pm April 12th (with yet another great writer and friend, Bruce Barcott, author of The Measure of a Mountain, The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw, and most recently, Weed the People); Patagonia Vancouver (BC), 7:00pm April 27th; and Patagonia Upper West Side, New York City, 7:00pm, May 18th (with New Yorker Cover artist, Adrian Tomine, who in addition to being my brother, is the author/illustrator of Summer Blonde, Shortcomings, and the recent and highly acclaimed Killing and Dying). I think these events are going to be a lot of fun.

Video From A Guerrilla Reading

A little live-action clip, courtesy of up-and-coming filmmaker, Lucy Barcott, Bruce’s 14-year old daughter. When she isn’t garnering rave reviews for her stage acting, Lucy’s giving Ken Burns and Michael Moore a run for their money. Nice work, Lucy.

As for my “performance,” well…I was happy to support Kevin Fedarko’s great book, and it was an honor to appear with Bruce, Chris Solomon and McKenzie Funk, but it brought back memories of some lowlights from my tour last October: a lot of background noise (Have I mentioned the reading I did with a clog-dancing class going on in the space above the bookstore?), a large number of disinterested passers-by, and a few people just trying to figure out what the hell was going on.

On the plus side, nobody got arrested and we did make contact with the Barnes & Noble store manager, who came out to see what all the commotion was about. Hopefully they’ll start selling Kevin’s book, The Emerald Mile, or you’ll buy it somewhere else.

Scenes From A Guerrilla Reading


In support of Kevin Fedarko’s great new book, The Emerald Mile, which has been kept out of Barnes & Noble stores due to a disagreement between publisher Simon & Schuster and the retailer, ┬áliterary busker and author Bruce Barcott (The Measure of a Mountain, The Last Flight of the Scarlett Macaw, and countless memorable pieces in Outside and The New York Times Magazine)┬áput together a little street reading slash protest. That’s Bruce reading outside the downtown Seattle Barnes & Noble today. Preach it, brother!


For outdoor-writer groupies (all three of them), here’s Chris Solomon, contributing writer for Outside, bringing Fedarko’s work to life.


And Mackenzie Funk, yet another outstanding writer for National Geographic, Rolling Stone, Outside, and author of the forthcoming book, Windfall, reading under the watchful eye of Seattle’s finest. You never know when these writer types are going to get out of control…


Three great outdoor writers, and uh, me, hamming it up for the lunchtime crowd.


I’m sure someone will have better pix or video, and I will link to it when it’s posted. These pix are all courtesy of Skyla, who, along with her brother, came along on the promise of lunch in the City. Here’s the kids’ reward. Now, if you’re looking for something to read, check out The Emerald Mile.