Between the Covers on 07/04/13
Host Jennifer Kemp interviews Washington State author Scott Elliott about his new novel TEMPLE GROVE, the story of a young man who is part Native American and who falls in love with Olympic National Park and makes a point to protect it, perhaps with disastrous consequences. It's also the story of his mother, who loves him deeply but faces every day the fact that her pregnancy began with rape, and it's the suspenseful story of what happens when the young man and his father, amazingly, meet. This is a book about redemption, place, identity, protecting things, history and roots. It's about the collision of worlds.
Scott Elliott was born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1970 and grew up in Anchorage, Kentucky and on Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula.
Scott has taught writing and literature for Hofstra University, The Teachers and Writers Collaborative (New York), Writers in the Schools (Houston), and the Inprint Organization (Houston), and was a Teaching Fellow at the University of Houston. Since 2004, he has taught at Whitman College.
His stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in Sniper Logic, The New York Times, the Antioch Review, the Writers Chronicle, American Book Review, Juked, Mayday, Forklift Ohio, Hawk and Handsaw, and elsewhere. His first novel Coiled in the Heart was published by Bluehen/Penguin Putnam in 2003 and was a Booksense 76 and One-Book-One-Community pick. His collection of stories, Return Arrangements, was a finalist for the 2009 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction.