DAVID GUTERSON (Author/Co-Producer)

DAVID GUTERSON's (Author/Co-Producer) first novel, Snow Falling on Cedars, was published in 1994 by Harcourt Brace and soon became a bestseller. It has sold more than four million copies, has been translated into 30 languages, and has garnered the 1994 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction and the American Booksellers Association's ABBY Award, among other prizes.

The novel is the result of nearly 10 years of labor, written on weekends and during breaks from Guterson's job as a high school English teacher. A 16 year resident of Bainbridge Island on Puget Sound, the author means the book to reflect in part the history of his own community, whose residents of Japanese descent were interned during World War II. Guterson is a third generation resident of the Pacific Northwest -born in Seattle in 1956- and his book reflects the weather and landscape of the region.

Guterson is the son of a distinguished criminal defense lawyer, Murray Guterson, who had a positive impact on the direction of his son's life. "One of the things I heard from him early on was to find something you love to do before you think about money or anything else. The other thing was to do something you feel has a positive impact on the world." The character of Nels, counsel to the defendant, is inspired by Guterson's father.

A creative writing course at college quickly convinced Guterson that he wanted to be a writer. After obtaining his M. A. from the University of Washington, he became an English teacher and journalist for Harper's and other magazines. In addition to Snow Falling on Cedars, Guterson has published a collection of short stories, The Country Ahead of Us, the Country Behind, and a nonfiction book, Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense. His latest novel, East of the Mountains, was published earlier this year.

For more information about David Guterson, visit his website at http://www.forumdc.com/guterson.htm.

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