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David Guterson

David Guterson
David Guterson 2013 at Cologne
David Guterson in April 2013
Born (1956-05-04) May 4, 1956
Seattle, Washington
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Washington
Notable awards Guggenheim Fellowship
PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.
Spouse Robin Guterson[1]
Children five

David Guterson ( ; born May 4, 1956) is an American novelist, short story writer, poet, journalist, and essayist. He is best known as the author of the book Snow Falling on Cedars.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Work 3
  • Personal life 4
  • Bibliography 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

David Guterson was born May 4, 1956, in Seattle, Washington the son of criminal defense lawyer Murray Guterson.[2] During his childhood, he attended Seattle Public Schools, went to Roosevelt High School and later attended the University of Washington where he earned Bachelor of Arts Degree in English literature and a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing.[3] Guterson is also a Guggenheim Fellow.[4]


Before writing professionally, Guterson worked as a teacher for 10 years at the Bainbridge High School.[1] It was during his teaching career that Guterson began to publish stories and essays in small magazines and periodicals, later selling pieces to Esquire, Sports Illustrated and Harper's Magazine.[2] Published in 1989, his first book, The Country Ahead of Us, the Country Behind was a collection of short stories set mostly in the Pacific Northwest.[5] His second book, Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense, was published in 1992 and contained essays on family and education.[1] As of 2014 his third, and so far most popular novel, is Snow Falling on Cedars, published in 1994.[6]

Guterson's freelance journalism included articles on environmental issues, travel writing and human interest features.[7]


Guterson is best known as the author of Snow Falling on Cedars (1994),[5] and was the recipient of the 1995 PEN/Faulkner Award.[8] To date, the novel has sold nearly four million copies[9] and was adapted into a screenplay for the 1999 film of the same title. The film was directed by Scott Hicks and starred Ethan Hawke, James Cromwell, Sam Shepard, and Max von Sydow.[10] It went on to receive an Academy Award nomination for cinematography.[11]

Guterson's subsequent novels include East of the Mountains (1999),[12] Our Lady of the Forest (2003),[13] The Other (2008),[14] and Ed King (2011).[15]

Personal life

Guterson married Robin Guterson at age 23 and has five children.[3] Currently, he lives on

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External links

  1. ^ a b c d Mathews, Linda (29 February 1996). "AT HOME WITH: David Guterson;Amid the Cedars, Serenity and Success".  
  2. ^ a b "David Guterson".  
  3. ^ a b Chow, Kat (1 November 2011). "An interview with Honors alum David Guterson".  
  4. ^ "David Guterson".  
  5. ^ a b c d e Peschel, Joseph. "‘Problems With People’ By David Guterson".  
  6. ^ Charles, Roy (8 April 2014). "David Guterson looks back 20 years later on ‘Snow Falling on Cedars’".  
  7. ^ University of Maine, Farmington; David Guterson biography
  8. ^ Associated Press (18 April 1995). "New Novelist Wins Faulkner".  
  9. ^ Wroe, Nick (2 June 1999). "Death after life".  
  10. ^ Holden, Stephen (22 December 1999). "Prejudice Lingers in a Land of Mists".  
  11. ^ "Oscar nominations 2000".  
  12. ^ a b Kakutani, Michiko (9 April 1999). East of the Mountains': Distracting Detours in the Hunt for a Final Exit"'".  
  13. ^ a b Amidon, Stephen (1 November 2003). "Stephen Amidon on David Guterson's Our Lady of the Forest, a rich but uneven tale of faith and credulity".  
  14. ^ a b Barcott, Bruce (15 June 2008). "Into the Woods".  
  15. ^ a b Goodwillie, David (23 November 2011). "Mama’s Boy".  
  16. ^ Local authors, Bainbridge Public Library, March 26, 2011, retrieved 2012-01-25 
  17. ^ "2007 Island Treasure Award", (Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council), retrieved 30 December 2014 
  18. ^ "Our History". Field's End. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  19. ^ Alonso, Kassten. "David Guterson's incisive 'Problems with People': book review".  
  20. ^ "Poetry by David Guterson tops list of local reads".  


  • The Country Ahead of Us, the Country Behind: Stories (1989)[5]
  • Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense (Non-fiction) (1992)[1]
  • Snow Falling on Cedars (1994)[5]
  • The Drowned Son (Stories)(1996)[19]
  • East of the Mountains (1998)[12]
  • Our Lady of the Forest (2003)[13]
  • The Other (2008)[14]
  • Ed King (2011)[15]
  • Songs for a Summons (Poetry) (Feb. 10, 2014)[20]
  • Problems with People: Stories (June 3, 2014)[5]



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