Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Weekly Geek #12

This week, take us on a literary tour of your hometown!

Do you live in a place where a famous author was born? Does your town have any cool literary museums or monuments? Does Stephen King live at the end of your street? Was Twilight set in your hometown?

Share your fun literary facts about the town or area where you live. You can talk about famous (or not so famous) authors who live there, novels that have been set in your area, or any other literary facts that you know about where you live. Feel free to embellish with pictures of places and/or authors, maps of the area, and fun facts about the authors.

As usual, feel free to personalize this. Don’t like your hometown? Pick another! Do you live in a literary wasteland? Feel free to expand and discuss a region. Feel like returning to a place you lived 20 years ago? Go for it!

I can think of books set here in the PNW but I can't think of many authors. Oh, let's turn to the internet for help.
Duh, Dan Savage lives in Seattle. I think of him more as a columnist than an author but he has written a couple of books.
Ann Rule lives in the Seattle area. I've never read her books, but I think she wrote several books about local murders.
Tom Robbins lives in the Seattle area as well. I've never read his books either. Never seen the movie Even Cowgirls Get The Blues.
As for novels that are set around here, I've read Broken For You and Nisei Daughter. The Twilight novels were set in Forks. I know Hotel On the Corner Bitter and Sweet is set in Seattle so it's on my tbr list.
Any of your favorite books set in the Seattle area?


  1. Aside from every child who grew up in Nebraska being forced to read Willa Cather we do have John Neiherdt from up in my area though I was never a big poem person.

    Yeah all my hometown can really claim is starting Hallmark, the voice of Tony the Tiger, and Johnny Carson. Not much literary but it's funny that a smaller Nebraskan town could shape culture that much.

  2. Don't know about books set in your town. After reading several posts, I realize how fortunate I am. I live in a city full of writers and poets and I know about our literary tradition. Bonus of attending a local college. Please come by.

    Mine is here, Detroit, City of Poets

  3. While this is no way an acknowlegement that Raleigh is my hometown, the city is the home of a few well known authors.

    Kay Gibbons lived here. I think she's moved to be near her brother in light of her recent "issues." But she lived up the street from where I live now in this super hoity toity neighborhood. I have met her and ended up having a drink with her. She's a sweet as the South and as crazy as a loon. If you haven't read her book, Ellen Foster, you really ought to.

    Tom Clancy visits frequently. He has a hand in a video game company in RTP. Does it count if they visit a lot?

    Tom Wolfe grew up here. His family still lives here, a sister, I believe. When he came back for a visit a few years back, he and the sister came into the restaurant where I was working. I got to cook him dinner and meet him afterwards. He thanked me and sign a piece of restaurant stationary for me. He is so amazingly charming.


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