Bestselling author David Guterson is known for writing thought provoking novels that dig right down into your gut, evoking sometimes uncomfortable feelings and emotions. His novel "Snow Falling on Cedars" was made into an Oscar-nominated movie starring a cast of notable stars, including Ethan Hawke, Sam Shepard and James Cromwell. David's newest release, "Problems with People," is a collection of short stories filled with angst and hope, set in backdrops as close as Western Washington and as far away as South Africa.
David joined Margaret to chat about "Problems with People," as well as some of his other writings, including the bestseller "Snow Falling on Cedars," which was turned into an Oscar-nominated film starring Ethan Hawke, Yuki Kudo and a "who's who" of supporting actors. The novel has been banned by a number of school districts because of what they call "adult content." David shared the irony behind the controversy.
He also talked about his latest project: a non-fiction book surrounding the tragic life and death of 13-year-old Hana Williams, a girl adopted from Ethiopia by Carri and Larry Williams of Skagit County. Both were convicted in her death and sentenced to around 37 (Carri) and 28 (Larry) years in prison. To learn more about Hana, David traveled to Ethiopa several times and met with members of her birth family. He learned one young woman who was very close to Hana needed treatment for a brain tumor, and arranged to have her brought to Seattle, where she underwent surgery at Swedish Neuroscience Institute. (Read more about this story by clicking here)
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