Overstory: Zero, Real Life In Timber Country, a collection of my essays, memoirs and other literary nonfiction, was written during 1988-1994 and published in hardcover by Sasquatch Books of Seattle, Washington in the Fall of 1995 and in a paperback edition in the Fall of 1996. The Oregon State Library’s Talking Book and Braille Services produced an audio version in 1996. The book remained in print until 2003.
It did well for a regional small press literary nonfiction offering, selling some 6,000 copies all told. It garnered thirty-five reviews, thirty-four of which were positive (an anonymous critic at Kirkus Reviews dismissed it as a “literary morass”). It was reviewed by The Seattle Times, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Oregonian, The Los Angeles Times and The Manchester Guardian among others.
The book won the 1996 Andres Berger Award for nonfiction, a regional award presented by Northwest Writers, Inc. for new books by Pacific Northwest writers from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, British Columbia and Alaska. It was also a runner-up for the 1996 Oregon Book Award in nonfiction. It was chosen as a Sunday Oregonian Book Club selection for December 1998.
A new revised and expanded second edition is to be released in Fall 2014