Killing And Dying: Great Book

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After being completely blown away by this book, I was going to post a glowing review. But I figured people would notice the name of the author, connect the dots, and discount what I had to say on the basis of nepotism.

Then I was simply going to write about how proud I am of my brother, or for that matter, how proud I am to even be related to an artist of this genius. But I thought that being “proud of” someone might be read as patronizing, as if I had something to do with the achievement.

So I will just say this: Killing And Dying is a masterpiece of storytelling. I am not usually a fan of “graphic novels,” but this clearly supersedes the genre. These are stories of incredible depth and layered meanings, where the spare dialog rings true and the gorgeous, deceptively simple drawings capture emotions and thoughts unattainable through words alone. The result is a kind of storytelling that I have not experienced in any other medium, whether it be comics, prose literature, or film.

But don’t just take my word for it. The great AO Scott, Chief Film Critic at The New York Times, said it all better than I ever could. And as far as I know, he is not related to my brother. Click HERE for the review.

So, yes as a reader, I found this book to be a deep and affecting experience. As Adrian’s brother, I am incredibly proud of what he’s created. And as a writer, it’s both daunting and inspiring. Check it out. I think you’ll find it more than worthy of your time.

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Scenes From A Guerrilla Reading

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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!

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

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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…

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

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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.


Adventures In Bookland II

Well, the maiden voyage of the good ship Closer To The Ground launched last night at Eagle Harbor Books. We had a good crowd–about 40 people–on a rainy night when the Seahawks were playing on TV, so I was stoked. I was grateful to see so many familiar faces. It was also unexpectedly nerve-wracking, but I think it ended up going okay. This is a picture of me still signing books after they put all the chairs away, so I figure that’s a good sign.

We also had some nice media coverage this week. If you want to read the interview with the Portland Oregonian, click HERE. For the Q & A in The New York Times travel section, click HERE.

And now…on to Elliott Bay Book Co. in Seattle this Sunday (2:00pm), then Grass Roots Books in Corvallis, Oregon on Wednesday the 24th (7:00pm) and Powell’s City of Books in Portland on Thursday the 25th (7:30pm). Come on out! It Would be great to meet you in person.