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Alumni Authors
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From Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Marilynne Robinson to beloved children's author Beverly Cleary, the University of Washington has produced some exceptional storytellers. Here at the Alumni Authors page, we keep tabs on our literary alumni.

Catching the Ebb

Catching the Ebb: Drift Fishing for a Life in Cook Inlet
By Bert Bender, '59
Drawing by Tony Angell, '62
Oregon State University Press, 2008

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Bender vividly and lovingly recalls the 30 summers he spent gill-netting for salmon in Alaska’s Cook Inlet, and his parallel life as a professor of American literature.


Flight: New and Selected Poems
By Linda Bierds, '69, '71
Putnam, 2008

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A major gathering of new and old poems from the UW alumna, professor of English and MacArthur “genius grant” winner. 

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Noted UW Alumni Authors
Below are a number of other notable alumni authors. Use the links to read book reviews and excerpts. As part of the continuing series, new excerpts will be added regularly.

Tony Angell, '62
In the Company of Crows and Ravens (co-author John M. Marzluff) - Read an excerpt...

Kit Bakke, '81, '88
Miss Alcott's E-Mail: Yours for Reforms of All Kinds - Read an excerpt...

Bruce Barcott, '88
The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw: One Woman’s Fight to Save the World’s Most Beautiful Bird - Read an excerpt...

Deb Caletti, '85
The Nature of Jade - Read an excerpt...
Honey, Baby, Sweetheart

Jack Capell, '49
Surviving the Odds

Charlotte M Canning, '91
The Most American Thing in America: Circuit Chautauqua as Performance

Beverly Cleary, '39
The Mouse and the Motorcycle
Henry Huggins
Dear Mr. Henshaw
Beezus and Ramona
Read more from Columns magazine: Ramona's 'Mom' Earns a Medal

Patricia Coombs, '49, '51

Charles Cross, '81
Heavier than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain
Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix - Read an excerpt...

Blas Manuel De Luna, '97
Bent to the Earth - Read an excerpt...

Ivan Doig, '69
This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind
Dancing at the Rascal Fair
English Creek
Prairie Nocturne: A Novel

Timothy Egan, '81
Breaking Blue
The Good Rain: Across Time & Terrain in the Pacific Northwest
The Winemaker's Daughter
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl - Read an excerpt...

Maureen R. Elenga, '07
Seattle Architecture: A Walking Guide to Downtown - Read an excerpt...

Louis Fiset, '70
Camp Harmony: Seattle's Japanese Americans and the Puyallup Assembly Center

Kathleen Flenniken, ’88
Famous - Read an excerpt...

Tess Gallagher, '67, '71
Amplitude: New and Selected Poems
At the Owl Woman Saloon: Stories

Linda Gromko MD, '73
Complications: A Doctor's Love Story

David Guterson, '78, '82
Snow Falling on Cedars
Our Lady of the Forest
East of the Mountains
The Other - Read an excerpt...

Tsuyoshi Hasegawa, '80
Racing The Enemy: Stalin, Truman, And The Surrender Of Japan - Read an excerpt...

Frank Herbert
The Road to Dune
The Dosadi Experiment

Linda Lawrence Hunt, '62
Bold Spirit: Helga Estby's Forgotten Walk Across Victorian America - Read an excerpt...

Thom Jones, '70
Pugilist at Rest: Stories
Sonny Liston Was a Friend of Mine: Stories

Stephanie Kallos, '82
Broken for You

Kitty Kelley, '64
The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty
His Way: The Unauthorized Biography of Frank Sinatra
Nancy Reagan: The Unauthorized Biography

Lauren Kessler, '80
Dancing with Rose: Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer's - Read an excerpt...

Julie Larios, '93, '02
Have You Ever Done That?
Yellow Elephant: A Bright Bestiary - Read an excerpt...

Dave Larson, '63
It's About Time

Tom Llewellyn, '89
The Tilting House

Joanie Mackowski, '91, '93
View from a Temporary Window

Chris Majer, '73, '78
The Power to Transform

Whit Mason, '02
Peace at Any Price: How the World Failed Kosovo (with Iain King) - Read an excerpt...

Lorraine McConaghy, '73
Warship Under Sail: The USS Decatur in the Pacific West

Murray Morgan, '37
Confederate Raider in the North Pacific: The Saga of the C.S.S. Shenandoah, 1864-65
The Last Wilderness
Skid Road: An Informal Portrait of Seattle

David Patneaude, '71
Epitaph Road

Marilynne Robinson, '68
Gilead - Read a review...
The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought

Ann Rule, '53
Green River, Running Red: The Real Story of the Green River Killer—America's Deadliest Serial Murderer
Everything She Ever Wanted
A Rage to Kill and Other True Cases

Suzanne Selfors, '90
To Catch a Mermaid - Read an excerpt...

Nathan Kumar Scott, '98
Mangoes and Bananas - Read an excerpt...

Christine Renhard Stenstrom, '69
Cherry Blossom Trees: Literary Writings and Artworks

Jennifer K. Stuller, '05
Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors

Patricia Tanumihardja, '95
The Asian Grandmother's Cookbook

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, ’94
Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide To Caring for Self While Caring for Others - Read an excerpt...

Ted Van Dyke, ’55
Heroes, Hacks & Fools: Memoirs from the Political Inside - Read an excerpt...

Christopher Van Tilburg, ’94
Mountain Rescue Doctor: Wilderness Medicine in the Extremes of Nature - Read an excerpt...

Peter D. Ward, '73
The Flooded Earth

Kent Weeks, '63, '66
Atlas of the Valley of the Kings

David Wilma, '71
Historic Photos of Puget Sound

Catherine Wing, '04
Enter Invisible - Read an excerpt...

James Wright, '54, '59
Above the River: The Complete Poems

Audrey Young, '98
The House of Hope and Fear

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