Jon Gosch is the guest speaker at a Northwest Voices event May 22 in Longview.

First, he will conduct a workshop from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Main 147 on the Lower Columbia College campus, 1600 Maple St. Then, from 7 to 8 p.m. he will hold a reading at the Longview Public Library, 1600 Louisiana St.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Gosch was raised in Longview. He studied creative writing and journalism at the University of Washington.

“Deep Fire Rise,” his second novel about the Mount St. Helens eruption, has been praised by some of the Northwest’s most revered authors, including Washington state Book Award winner Robert Michael Pyle and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist William Dietrich, according to a press release.

Gosch has been an active book editor, investigative journalist, travel writer and radio guest, notes the release.

For details about the event, contact Hiedi Bauer at 360-442-2630 or hbauer@lowercolumbia.edu.

Northwest Voices is funded by the Longview Public Library, Lower Columbia College, the Friends of the Longview Library, the Longview Library Foundation and the LCC Foundation.

Additional information about Northwest Voices is available at lowercolumbia.edu/northwest-voices/.

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