"Adventures in the Writing Trade" by
Local author and participatory journalist Andrew Todhunter has established a national reputation for immersive, highly personal reporting in the tradition of George Plimpton and John McPhee. Not content to write a story "from the outside," Todhunter penetrates the world he describes - be it a frozen, vertical gully in the Scottish highlands, the ship's bar of a German freighter in a winter crossing of the mid-Atlantic, or the pastry kitchen of a Parisian restaurant - and writes from within, combining elements of essay, memoir and reportage.
Of his first book, Fall of the Phantom Lord, Kirkus Reviews wrote "Classic, participant-observer journalism, informed and heady, that brightly illuminates the strange, enthralling world of extreme sports." Of his second book, Dangerous Games, Booklist wrote "A stunning collection. Though these stories are from real life, they read like short fiction, vignettes of incredible characters and their even more incredible pastimes."
In addition to reading samples of his work, Todhunter will speak on the rewards and trials of the writing life, and the process of developing a career as a freelance writer while balancing issues of risk and family, commerce and creative freedom. An extensive question and discussion period will follow.
Andrew Todhunter has written for The Atlantic Monthly, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and other national publications on subjects ranging from albinism to French cuisine. He is the author of Fall of the Phantom Lord, Dangerous Games and A Meal Observed. His forthcoming book, Game Junkie will be published later this year by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.
Born in Paris, raised in New York and Washington, DC, Todhunter studied Ancient History at U.C. Berkeley and filmmaking at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. A resident of the North Coast since 2001, Todhunter is a father of two and a part-time EMT with Coast Life Support District.
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