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P-I book critic recalls talks with top authors

Longtime Seattle P-I book critic John Marshall is the guest speaker at the next Field’s End Writers’ Roundtable, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 at the Bainbridge Public Library.  - Photo courtesy of Becky Marshall
Longtime Seattle P-I book critic John Marshall is the guest speaker at the next Field’s End Writers’ Roundtable, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 at the Bainbridge Public Library.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Becky Marshall

Longtime Seattle P-I book critic John Marshall looks back at more than a decade of interviews and reviews in a free roundtable discussion for writers of all levels tonight at “Reflections from the Seattle P-I Book Beat.”

The event is part of the next Field’s End Writers’ Roundtable, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 at the Bainbridge Public Library.

Marshall will talk about the craft of book criticism and offer recollections of conversations with such notable authors as John Updike, Margaret Atwood, Richard Ford, Elizabeth Gilbert, Barbara Kingsolver and Tom Robbins.

Marshall is the author of several nonfiction books, including “Reconciliation Road,” an award-winning family memoir, and “Place of Learning, Place of Dreams: A History of the Seattle Public Library.” He also co-authored “Volcano: The Eruption of Mount St. Helens,” a national bestseller, and teaches a popular memoir-writing class at Richard Hugo House in Seattle.

After Marshall speaks, attendees are invited to join in a question-and-answer period, with the opportunity to network before closing at 8:30 p.m.

The event is hosted by Field’s End, founded in 2002 to promote and support the art, craft and profession of writing. The nonprofit group is affiliated with the Bainbridge Public Library.

Roundtables, presented on the third Tuesday of each month in the library’s meeting room, are open to writers of all levels of experience – only an interest in the writing process is required.

For more information, visit www.fieldsend.org or call the library at 206-842-4162.

Field’s End is celebrating its 10th year of serving both aspiring and professional writers through classes, roundtables and an annual writers’ conference.

This year’s conference is set for April 28 at IslandWood. Registration is now open.

Register on the Field's End website or pick up a registration form at Bainbridge Public Library or Eagle Harbor Books.

 

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