Publication Day: West of Here by Jonathan Evison


Happy February 15th, the Publication Day for one of the most buzzed-about books of 2011: JONATHAN EVISON‘s new book, WEST OF HERE!


ABOUT THE BOOK: An exciting, innovative, and daring novel about history and how it happens, West of Here is an epic story of the spirit that inspired those dreamers and opportunists who settled the American Northwest, and of how their deeds—for better and for worse—forever altered the lives of those who came after them.


Set in the mythical town of Port Bonita, on Washington State’s Pacific coast, West of Here is propelled by a story that both re-creates and celebrates the American experience—it is storytelling on the grandest scale. With one segment of the narrative focused on the town’s founders circa 1890 and another showing the lives of their descendants in 2006, the novel develops as a kind of conversation between two epochs, one rushing blindly toward the future and the other struggling to undo the damage of the past. An exposition on the effects of time, on how something said or done in one generation keeps echoing through all the years that follow, it is a work of fiction that turns history into myth and myth into a nation’s shared experience.


Playful, poignant, thought-provoking, and endlessly entertaining, West of Here is sure to become a classic.


JONATHAN EVISON is the author of All About Lulu, which won the Washington State Book Award. In 2009, he was the recipient of a Richard Buckley Fellowship from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation. He lives on an island in Western Washington.




VISIT for more about Jonathan, as well as an interactive timeline, postcards, and maps.


READ rave reviews of West of Here in Entertainment Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Miami Herald, the Oregonian, and Interview. Stay tuned for more coverage forthcoming in USA Today, the New York Times and the New York Times Book Review, NPR, and more.


LEARN more about Evison in an interview with The Rumpus.


JOIN The Nervous Breakdown book club, where West of Here is the book of the month.


WATCH Evison on The High Bar


WEST OF HERE window display


30 Comments On This Post:

February 15, 2011
9:38 am
Marty says...

Looks like a very cool book

February 15, 2011
9:46 am
Jack says...

All About Lulu was an excellent book. Looking forward to this one – great title and overall concept.

February 15, 2011
9:50 am
Christopher says...

I love historical fiction.

February 15, 2011
9:53 am
NovelWhore says...

I first heard about WEST OF HERE from the dedicated Shelf Awareness issue, followed by a rave on Book Lady’s Blog! And then just today, a photo of Evison in Shelf wearing a fabulous hat. Dying to read this book.

February 15, 2011
9:54 am
Carrie Nilles says...

Would love to read it.

February 15, 2011
9:57 am
TRACY says...

Sounds like an intrugueing trip through time.

February 15, 2011
9:57 am
Angela says...

I would totally read that.

February 15, 2011
9:58 am
Jane says...

Always admiring of those who gave up everything to head west. Sounds a fascinating read.

February 15, 2011
10:09 am
Lori (TNBBC) says...

I do not usually buy into the hype that surrounds books, but I know that Jonathan is pure indie at heart and I would love to have a copy of his latest novel…

February 15, 2011
10:19 am
Greg says...

Have heard a ton of buzz about this and would really love to read it. Great job marketing this, Algonquin.

February 15, 2011
10:25 am
Brett says...

I’ve been following the information on this book from Algonquin’s Twitter feed. I love fiction that ties history into the present. West of Here is going on my to-be-read list.

February 15, 2011
11:02 am
Stephanie says...

I have so many Algonquin books on my TBR list. Add this one to it!

February 15, 2011
11:22 am
Deseree Stukes says...

Looking forward to reading West of Here.

February 15, 2011
11:23 am
Jon says...

Boy would I love to win a copy of this book. The reviews I have read have been incredible. Thanks for the contest.

February 15, 2011
11:32 am
Leiah says...

I would love to win and this is going on my must-read list right now!

February 15, 2011
11:33 am
Melissa says...

I’ve already heard great things about this one!

February 15, 2011
11:44 am
Sam says...

Yes, please! I already got my copy out of the library (I have a temporary moratorium on non-cookbook purchases as I manage a bookstore, and things were getting out of hand.) Technically, if I were to win this, it wouldn’t count as purchasing, right?

February 15, 2011
11:49 am
Ashley, The Accidental Olympian says...


February 15, 2011
11:55 am
Molly Weston says...

Sounds like a great book. I’d love to have a copy.

February 15, 2011
11:57 am
Michelle says...

I tried to pick this up while at a local bookshop during the Gig Harbor Chocolate Festival, but it hadn’t yet arrived. A free copy would be wonderful; although, I would have to purchase a copy to support the artist and give it to a friend 😉

February 15, 2011
12:21 pm
James Bonacci says...

I have also heard great things about this book. I would love to win a copy. Thanks!

February 15, 2011
12:32 pm
Zachary Cole says...

Would love to get my hands on this! And hey, it’s been blurbed by one of my other favorite writers, Ron Currie Jr.

February 15, 2011
1:47 pm
Jessica M. says...

I’ve been following the information on this book and am so glad it’s finally out! Every bookish person (bloggers & bookstore people) I know who’s had a chance to read it before release date has raved so much that I can’t wait to read it now too. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. 🙂

February 15, 2011
2:31 pm
Eric Martin says...

RUMPUS: Are you a rock-and-roll writer?
EVISON: I’m a rock-and-roll writer in the sense that I like to destroy a hotel mini-bar and fill the bathtub with ice.
ME: (instant man crush.)

February 15, 2011
4:16 pm
Ann Boles says...

I had been hoping for an advance copy of the book; that didn’t happen, but a boxed edition is even better!! Thank you for the chance to win!

February 15, 2011
7:42 pm
Bren McClain says...

All I have to say is — ANOTHER Algonquin “find.” You folks hit homeruns! Can’t wait to read it.

February 16, 2011
12:24 am
Amy Ducote says...

I will buy a copy anyway but I’d love the boxed one – with fancy stuff!

February 16, 2011
5:34 am
Susan Crace says...

A treasure to all! No diamond in the rough here, a complete winner! Thanks for the chance to win this jewel!!! Look forward to seeing more outstanding words of art!

February 23, 2011
10:15 am
Nicole Deyton says...

I would love to win a copy of this – I’ve been hearing lots of good things.

February 23, 2011
11:07 am
David Perry says...

Finding this gem of a book is prize enough (I’d still love to win the boxed set.) Thanks Algonquin!

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