As you may or may not know, the South Seattle neighborhood of White Center is Richard Hugo’s birthplace. It’s where he fished, played ball, got laid, and experienced many of the things in life that would ultimately make him such a great writer.
Tomorrow night, I’ll be participating in a celebration of Hugo’s work at the Triangle Pub (9454 Delridge Way) beginning at 8 p.m. I am opening the evening by reading a selection of Hugo’s work about White Center, including an excerpt from his memoir The Real West Marginal Way. Following me will be Seattle poet Lee Bassett, who was so inspired by Hugo when he first read his work that he pulled up his stakes on the East Coast and moved Northwest, like so many of us do.
So, come out, drink some beer, and celebrate one of the Northwest’s finest writers…on his home turf. This event will also be a sort of after-party for an event being held at the King County Greenbridge Library. There, at 6:30 pm, local writer and Richard Hugo House founder Frances McCue, will be reading from her great, new book The Car That Brought You Here Still Runs (pictured above). In her book, McCue visits the Northwest towns Hugo wrote about, including White Center. Part biography, part memoir, part literary travelogue, McCue’s book spotlights one large truth often overlooked about Hugo and his work…no matter where he went, he was always searching for another White Center to write about.