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David Guterson | Interview

David Guterson & John Freeman

‘Hubris, power, sex, ambition, frailty, pathos, descent, castigation: there but for the grace of gods go I, and as long as it isn’t me, great!’

David Guterson

David Guterson was born in 1956 in Seattle. He attended public schools in Seattle and the city's University of Washington and then taught for ten years in public high school. He has written non-fiction as well as fiction, including Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense (1992). His novel, Snow Falling on Cedars (1994), won the PEN/Faulkner Award. Most recently, he published The other (2008). In 1996 he was selected as one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists. He lives on an island in Puget Sound, Washington State, with his wife and four children.

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John Freeman

John Freeman is the founder of the literary annual Freeman's and an executive editor at Alfred A. Knopf. He is also the author and editor of eleven books, including Dictionary of the Undoing; There's a Revolution Outside, My Love (co-edited with Tracy K Smith), and Wind, Trees, a new collection of poems. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and been translated into more than twenty languages. Once a month he hosts The California Book Club, an online discussion of a classic book of golden state literature for Alta magazine. He lives in New York City.

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