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Pharos Editions debuts in June with a carefully curated collection of out-of-print, lost, or rare books hand-picked and introduced by some of today’s most exciting authors. But unlike other modern reprint series, Pharos teams with the authors first, asking them to select a personally meaningful, long-lost title they would love to reintroduce to readers everywhere. Three of the four literary champions on Pharos’ inaugural list—all from Washington state— speak about their selected books with Paul Constant, books editor for The Stranger:
Seattleite Sherman Alexie, author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, discusses his choice, Inside Moves by Todd Walton, which Alexie calls “the greatest basketball novel ever written.”
Bainbridge Islander Jonathan Evison, author of West of Here, selected McTeague by Frank Norris. (“A gritty, vitriolic rant, a novel with hair on it, a goddamn magnificent bastard of a novel,” Evison raves.)
And Spokane native Jess Walter, author of Beautiful Ruins, picked Robert Cantwell’s Land of Plenty, a gripping epic of American labor concerning a strike at a lumber mill in a sleepy Washington town; it created a political firestorm when it was published in 1935.