Uplake and Guts: Women on Their Own Terms

05/18/2018 - 6:30pm
Stehekin favorite Ana Maria Spagna shares Uplake: Restless Essays of Coming and Going, and Janet Buttenwieser shares Guts, an award-winning memoir of triumph, loss and gratitude.
Acclaim for Uplake:
“I have never wielded a chainsaw, brined an elk steak, chased a wildfire or even spent a night in a tent, but I loved and devoured every sentence of Ana Maria Spagna’s Uplake."
–Elena Passarello
“These vivid essays are powerfully rooted in the physical landscape and the body’s capacities and limitations. Nature and narrator perform a graceful dance of advance-and-retreat, a pas de deux filled with tenderness, wisdom and rueful insight.”
Phillip Lopate
"...her essay was sharp and blunt and had mud and sawdust in it. I remember that. I learned from her essay, yes, but it wasn’t just information; I could smell the place she was writing about, I could feel her sinewy flinty impatient passion for it.”
Brian Doyle
Acclaim for Guts:
“Blunt, eloquent, piercing, honest, witty, heartaching, startlingly funny, and beautifully, refreshingly unique. Can you read a book about pain while grinning and trying not to cry and not being able to think of a single book that’s anything like it? Yup. This one. Guts.” 
Brian Doyle
Guts is a fearless memoir about the limits of the body and the strength of the spirit. Janet Buttenwieser’s... grit and sense of humor make this an unforgettable story.”
Leigh Stein
“You’ll be hooked from the very first scene...This book is about friendship, family, and the challenge to accept—and survive—the events in our lives beyond our control.”
Nicole Hardy
Ana Maria Spagna lives and writes in Stehekin, Washington, a remote community in the North Cascades. She is the author of seven books including The Luckiest Scar on Earth, a novel about a 14 year old girl snowboarder; Reclaimers, stories of indigenous people reclaiming sacred land and water; the memoir/history, Test Ride on the Sunnyland Bus, winner of the River Teeth literary nonfiction prize; and two essay collections, Potluck and Now Go Home. She has three times been a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. Uplake: Restless Essays of Coming and Going, is her latest widely praised collection of vivid, insightful new essays -- just released spring 2018. 
Award-winning Janet Buttenwieser writes from western WA. She says: "For me, writing is a process of exploration. It’s similar to my experience of being a parent: challenging and full of wonder. Both roles require large doses of courage and humility, and both are aided by having plenty of tissues and snacks readily available."
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Guts By Janet Buttenwieser Cover Image
ISBN: 9781925417647
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Published: Vine Leaves Press - February 13th, 2018

Uplake: Restless Essays of Coming and Going By Ana Maria Spagna Cover Image
ISBN: 9780295743226
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Published: University of Washington Press - February 15th, 2018

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Published: Torrey House Press - February 21st, 2017

Reclaimers By Ana Maria Spagna Cover Image
ISBN: 9780295742748
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Published: University of Washington Press - July 3rd, 2017