Nonfiction Panel Discussion

Wed, Nov 20th 2019 at 7:00 PM PDT · By Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum
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Wed, Nov 20th 2019 at 7:00 PM PDT
Wed, Nov 20th 2019 at 9:00 PM PDT
Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum Library
93 Pike St #307
Seattle WA, 98101
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Do you have a nonfiction book in mind, but don’t know where to start? Have you ever wondered how authors of great nonfiction get their ideas, conduct their research, organize their material and get their books published?


Join two local masters of the form at Folio on Nov. 20, when Lynda Mapes, award-winning Seattle Times reporter, and David Williams, highly regarded local history writer, appear on a panel to discuss these topics, moderated by Folio board member Mary Ann Gwinn.  Mapes has published five books; Williams, eight. We will talk about inspiration, approach and follow-through.


Lynda Mapes is an award-winning environmental reporter at The Seattle Times. Her latest book is “Witness Tree: Seasons of Change with a Century-Old Oak,” just out in paperback from the University of Washington Press.


David B. Williams is a long-time Seattle resident and the author of eight books. He writes a lively blog ( and is a sought-after speaker on local history. His latest book is “Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City.” He’s working on a forthcoming book about Puget Sound. His book “Stories in Stone: Travels through Urban Geology” is just out in paperback from University of Washington Press.


Mary Ann Gwinn writes about books for the Seattle Times, Newsday and other publications. She wrote the foreword to the new edition of Skid Road. She’s a vice president of the National Book Critics Circle and a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting, and is on the board at Folio.

  • Books Available for signing and purchase
  • Complimentary reception to follow
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