Books & Talks

Tracy Kidder Visits Benaroya Hall

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author knows what he’s talking about.

By Sarah Hirsch March 2, 2011

Tracy Kidder leads a talk on mountains, doctors, and writing nonfiction.

If Tracy Kidder writes about something, it’s best to pay attention. In 2003, he scored a bestseller with Mountains Beyond Mountains, the biography of American doctor Paul Farmer, whose efforts to improve health care in poverty-ridden Haiti never seemed more vital than after the country’s recent earthquake. Kidder is a pro at narrative nonfiction, and tonight he’ll talk about what he does best at 7:30 at Benaroya Hall.

The author first garnered major attention with the publication of The Soul of a New Machine about corporate America and computer innovation—way back in 1981, long before the rest of us were fretting about computers and corporations. The book won him both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 1982. His most recent work, Strength in What Remains, tells the true story of Deo, a young medical student from Burundi who survived a civil war and genocide in Africa only to find himself homeless in New York City’s Central Park.

Kidder’s talk, titled “Another Set of Eyes,” will touch on his current project, which is about the process of writing experiential nonfiction. His Seattle Arts and Lectures event will be introduced and moderated by Ed Taylor, vice provost and dean of undergraduate academic affairs at the University of Washington.

Tickets are $15–$17 and will be available at the Box Office at Benaroya Hall at 6pm (cash or check only).

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