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									Jim LynchJim Lynch
The winner of several prestigious national journalism awards and author of many acclaimed works of short fiction, Jim Lynch spent four years as a reporter for the Oregonian covering the Puget Sound -- the fascinating marine setting of his debut novel, The Highest Tide.

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Fact File

Jim Lynch
Current Home:
Olympia, Washington
Date of Birth:
November 3, 1961
Place of Birth:
Seattle, Washington
B.A.s in English and Journalism, 1985
The Livingston Young Journalist Award, 1996; The H.L. Mencken Award for Investigative Reporting, 1995; The George Polk Award, 1995

*  Jim Lynch's official web site

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								The Highest Tide, Author: 
								Jim Lynch.

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The Highest Tide
by Jim Lynch
Lynch's debut novel introduces readers to thirteen-year-old Miles O'Malley -- an introverted boy who finds solace in the sea life of the Puget Sound near his home. When an unlikely discovery makes him temporarily famous, his small world expands at an unsettling rate. The September issue of Oprah Winfrey's O magazine calls The Highest Tide a "radiant first novel... it's the sensitivity with which Lynch writes about our vulnerable ecosystem and the lyricism of his prose that provide The Highest Tide's spiritual undercurrent."

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A Writer's Rituals

In out interview, we asked Lynch to tell us about his writing rituals. "I try to go for a run before I write," he reveals. "Then I sit down, listen to Coltrane, and try to write for at least two hours straight, preferably four. If it's not going well, I lower the bar and keep on writing."

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One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
by Ken Kesey
We asked Lynch to share some of his reading recommendations with us. First on his list: Ken Kesey's classic, because it "was the first book I read and re-read to try to figure out how it was constructed and why it meant so much to me," he explains. "I loved the ambition of its premise, its half-mad narrator and the unrestrained roar of its language."

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								All the President's Men, Author: 
								Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward.

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All the President's Men
by Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward
"Like many young journalists, I was inspired by the details of this story," Lynch reflects when telling us about another favorite book, Woodward & Bernstein's Watergate blockbuster. "It helped drive me through my first decade of reporting, which included four years in Washington, D.C." Read on to learn about more of Lynch's favorite reads, including:

*Another Roadside Attraction  by Tom Robbins
*The Long Goodbye  by Raymond Chandler
*The Great Gatsby  by F. Scott Fitzgerald
*The Plague  by Albert Camus
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Photo by Denise Lynch