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Dashiell Hammett's Tacoma

Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961), acclaimed as the creator of modern American detective fiction, spent a winter in Tacoma not long before he began writing the stories that would make him famous. This acco...

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Dillard, Annie (b. 1945)

Place has primacy in the writing of Annie Dillard, and the history and geography of Washington figure notably in several of her books. Even though she resided only four years in the state, two of thos...

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Doig, Ivan (1939-2015)

Ivan Doig spent much of his adult life in the Seattle area but his imagination rarely wandered far from his native Montana. The author of 13 novels and three nonfiction books, including the acclaimed ...

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Dorpat, Paul (b. 1938)

Well known for his many books and publications on Seattle, past and present, Paul Dorpat, 69, has contributed more than 1,300 "Now & Then" features to The Seattle Times Pacific Northwest magazine....

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Gayton, Thomas (Tomas) L. (b. 1945)

Thomas (Tomas) L. Gayton was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, the grandson of black pioneers John T. Gayton and Magnolia (Scott) Gayton. Tomas began writing verse soon after graduating with a J...

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Higginson, Ella Rhoads (1862?-1940)

Ella Higginson was a Bellingham writer who was a nationally known and popular literary voice in her day. She first achieved fame in the 1890s with her short stories and poetry; her best-known poem, "F...

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Hugo, Richard (1923-1982)

Richard Hugo rose from an insecure childhood in White Center, a poor area just south of Seattle, to become one of the foremost American poets of his generation. His collected poems in Making Certain I...

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It's About Time Writers Reading Series (Seattle)

Seattle’s longest-running prose and poetry reading series open to anyone in the community, "It's About Time," was founded in January 1990 by Esther Altshul Helfgott (b. 1941). Named after a defu...

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James Baldwin at Egyptian Theatre, Seattle, May 6, 1963 -- from Murray Morgan's Broadcast Script

Author James Baldwin (1924-1987) spoke at Seattle's Egyptian Theatre on May 6, 1963, in a fundraiser for the civil rights organization Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Murray Morgan (1916-2000) cov...

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Julesberg, Elizabeth Rider Montgomery (1902-1985)

Elizabeth Rider Montgomery Julesberg (1902-1985), known professionally as Elizabeth Rider Montgomery, was the co-author of many of the "Dick and Jane" reading primers published from the 1930s through ...

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King, Stoddard (1889-1933)

Stoddard King was a Spokane journalist, an internationally acclaimed poet, and the writer of a song widely performed during World War I. His light verse and public persona, as well as his intellect an...

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MacDonald, Betty (1907-1958)

The first book written by Betty MacDonald, The Egg and I, rocketed to the top of the national bestseller list in 1945. Translations followed in more than 30 languages, and the book was made into a ser...

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