When Olympia author Jim Lynch researches a topic, he dives in deep. His 2009 novel Border Songs was ostensibly about a Border Patrol guard manning the Washington–Canada divide, but in truth, it was an exploration of a bird-loving savant with an encyclopedic knowledge of winged creatures. You’d think Lynch himself stares off into the sky for hours every day.
The same holds true for his latest novel, Truth Like the Sun, which opens on the dawn of the Century 21 Exposition (aka the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair), and is reimagined with such detail it seems distilled from the Seattle Times archives. In the excerpt of Truth in our February issue, we meet fictional wunderkind Roger Morgan, who oversees opening night at the Space Needle. The book then jumps to the 21st century in the post-tech boom era for what the publisher calls "a cat-and-mouse story of urban intrigue in Seattle over two starkly different eras."
Lynch will read from Truth Like the Sun tonight at 7 at Third Place Books, tomorrow in Kirkland, and next month on Bainbridge and Mercer Island. For his full book tour schedule, visit jimlynchbooks.com.
Jim Lynch: Truth Like the Sun
Apr 25 at 7, Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park
Apr 26 at 7, ParkPlace Books, Kirkland
May 16 at 7, Island Books, Mercer Island
May 17 at 7:30, Eagle Harbor Books, Bainbridge Island