Meagan Macvie & Mary Clearman Blew
Join us at BookPeople for a dual reading and conversation from authors Meagan Macvie and Mary Clearman Blew.
Blew, a former mentor of Macvie's at the University of Idaho, is an award-winning author of multiple titles, the most recent one being This Is Not the Ivy League: a Memoir. Macvie's debut young adult novel The Ocean in My Ears was published in November and has been named one of Kirkus's best young adult books of 2017. They will discuss their shared experience of being from rural places, and how these formative experiences have shaped their thinking and writing.
Meagan Macvie was born and raised in Alaska. She received her MFA in fiction from Pacific Lutheran University. Her work has appeared in Narrative, Fugue, and Barrelhouse, as well as the short story anthology, Timberland Writes Together. Meagan lives with her husband and daughter in Washington State.
Mary Clearman Blew has written or edited thirteen books of fiction and nonfiction. Her short fiction collection, Runaway, won a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, as did her memoir All But the Waltz: Essays on a Montana Family. A novel, Jackalope Dreams, won the Western Heritage Award. Her most recent book is This Is Not the Ivy League: a Memoir.
Meri Miller lives in Soldotna, Alaska. Never heard of it? That's because in Slowdotna the most riveting activities for a teenager are salmon fishing and grabbing a Big Gulp at the local 7-Eleven. More than anything, Meri wants to hop in her VW Bug and head somewhere exciting, like New York or L.A. or any city where going to the theater doesn't only mean the movies.
Mary Clearman Blew's education began at home, on a remote cattle ranch in Montana. She graduated to a one-room rural school, then escaped, via scholarship, to the University of Montana, where, still in her teens, she met and married her first husband.