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Release Date: 07/30/2014

Celebrate the life and legacy of Robert Cantwell Aug. 27 at The Seattle Public Library

T.V. Reed (left) and Jess Walter (right)

Spokane writer Jess Walter will discuss the life and literature of Robert Cantwell with Washington State University professor T.V. Reed from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27 at The Seattle Public Library, Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium.


The program is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m.


Reed's new book, "Robert Cantwell and the Literary Left: A Northwest Writer Reworks American Fiction," is a critical study of novelist Robert Cantwell. Cantwell was a writer from Aberdeen, Washington who found himself at the center of literary and cultural politics in 1930s New York. He was regarded by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway as one of the finest young fiction writers to emerge from this era. Cantwell is best known for his novel "The Land of Plenty," which is set in western Washington and considered by many to be the first modern novel of the Pacific Northwest.


Walter, a Spokane novelist and short-story writer, authored the introduction to a recent reissue of Cantwell's "The Land of Plenty."


Reed is the Buchanan Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies at WSU. He is also the author of "The Art of Protest: Culture and Activism from the Civil Rights Movement to the Streets of Seattle."


This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, media sponsor The Seattle Times and presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Company. Books will be available for purchase and signing.


For more information, call the Central Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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