Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 7:30 – 9:00pm

Pharos Editions Debut: Sherman Alexie, Jess Walter & Jonathan Evison with Paul Constant

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.

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ShermanAlexiePharos Editions debuts in June with a carefully curated collection of out-of-print, lost, or rare books hand-picked and introduced by some of today’s most exciting authors. But unlike other modern reprint series, Pharos teams with the authors first, asking them to select a personally meaningful, long-lost title they would love to reintroduce to readers everywhere. Three of the four literary champions on Pharos’ inaugural listall from Washington state speak about their selected books with Paul Constant, books editor for The Stranger:

  • Seattleite Sherman Alexie, author of  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, discusses his choice, Inside Moves by Todd Walton, which Alexie calls “the greatest basketball novel ever written.”
  • Bainbridge Islander Jonathan Evison, author of West of Here, selected McTeague by Frank Norris. (“A gritty, vitriolic rant, a novel with hair on it, a goddamn magnificent bastard of a novel,” Evison raves.)
  • And Spokane native Jess Walter, author of Beautiful Ruins, picked Robert Cantwell’s Land of Plenty, a gripping epic of American labor concerning a strike at a lumber mill in a sleepy Washington town; it created a political firestorm when it was published in 1935.  

Presented by Town Hall as part of its Arts & Culture series in partnership with Pharos Editions, Dark Coast Press, and Santoro’s Books.

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2 Comments

  1. Vida
    Posted April 24, 2013 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    Perhaps one of the questions can be why these are all males, all selecting men’s work? And how do we bring women into the literary conversation if this is the default response to a ‘curated’ collection? I’m curious about what percentage of Pharos’ books are from women authors?

  2. Posted May 7, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    Hi Vida, I am the editor of the Pharos series. The first four titles in this debut list just ended up randomly coming together as all male authors and male selecting authors, without intention, and somewhat to our chagrin. Just how the chips fell. We are adamant about supporting female authors. The next two titles being released after these are written and selected by women, with more on the way. Definitely a trend we look forward to continuing. Thank you!

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