"Temple Grove": A Reading by Professor Scott Elliott
Deep in the heart of Washington State's Olympic Peninsula lies Temple Grove, one of the last stands of ancient Douglas firs not under federal protection from logging. Bill Newton, a gyppo logger desperate for work and a place to hide, has come to Temple Grove for the money to be had in the timber. There to stop him is Paul, a young Makah environmentalist who will break the law to save the trees.
A dangerous chase into the wilds of Olympic National Park ensues, revealing a long-hidden secret that inextricably links the two men. Joining the pursuit are FBI agents who target Paul as an ecoterrorist, and his mother, Trace, who is determined to protect him. Temple Grove is a gripping tale of suspense and a multi-layered novel of place that captures in taut, luminous prose, the traditions that tie people to this powerful landscape and the conflicts that run deep among them.
Sponsored by the Whitman College Bookstore. Book signing with Scott Elliott, Associate Professor of English, to follow. For more information, visit www.scottelliott.net.