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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Date of Birth:
November 3, 1961
Place of Birth:
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
|Our Book Club Pick|
|The Highest Tide|
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."|
|One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest|
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."
|All the President's Men|
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:
|Photo by Denise Lynch||