About the Author


David Guterson

Novelist, short story writer, poet, journalist, and essayist David Guterson was born in Seattle in 1956. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Washington from which he earned his M.A. while studying under the writer Charles Johnson.

After moving to Bainbridge Island in Puget Sound, Guterson taught English at the local high school and began writing for Sports Illustrated and Harper’s magazine.

In addition to Snow Falling on Cedars, Guterson’s work includes the novels East of the Mountains, Our Lady of the Forest, and The Other.


In 2002, Guterson co-founded Field’s End, an organization for writers through which he has continued to teach. He also mentors writers from the University of Washington’s Creative Writing program. The David Guterson Endowed Fund in Creative Writing supports an award for an MFA fiction student in the University of Washington Creative Writing Program. Guterson has been a judge in literary competitions, including fiction awards for the National Endowment for the Arts.

His father, Murray Guterson, is a distinguished criminal defense lawyer: “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 that you feel has a positive impact on the world.”

Meet David Guterson » 

Wednesday, March 17, 7 pm, Kalamazoo Central High School

Meet David Guterson on March 17, 7 pm, at Kalamazoo Central High School Auditorium. Book signing will follow presentation. Books available for purchase at the event.

No ticket needed. Open seating