Advancement News

The University of Washington Press is delighted to announce our new Northwest Writers Fund, established to support the work of some of the region's most talented creative nonfiction writers. David B. Williams's forthcoming book, Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle's Topography, will be the first of many outstanding books we look forward to bringing to you with the support this new fund.

In Too High and Too Steep, due out in 2015, David tells the story of how and why Seattle looks the way it does. Each chapter weaves personal observations, discussions with experts, and examinations of both historical and recent documents to offer a new view of a familiar landscape: why it was altered, how money and politics drove the changes, who benefitted and who suffered from them, and how the reshaping of the land continues to influence decision making today.

David is a freelance writer focused on the intersection of people and the natural world. His books include Stories in Stone: Travels Through Urban Geology, The Seattle Street-Smart Naturalist: Field Notes from the City, and Cairns: Messengers in Stone. David also works at the University of Washington's Burke Museum and leads walking tours about the natural environment and history of Seattle.

Sponsors will be recognized in the book and invited to enjoy a special walking tour and reception with the author.

To become a sponsor or contribute to the fund, or for more information, please contact Beth Fuget (206) 616-0818 or

A limited number of prints by Barbara Thomas, Jacob Lawrence, and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence are still available. Click here for more details.