July 19, 2022
Puget Sound: A Maritime Highway with David B. Williams (Virtual)
Tuesday, July 19, 2022
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Note: This program has been changed to an online only event. Please sign up here to attend online.
Join author David B. Williams for a discussion of the history of transportation across the Puget Sound.
From canoes to the Mosquito Fleet to our modern day ferry system, boats have been a principal means of travel around Puget Sound. In a landscape dominated by forest and sea, water was often the best way to get from point A to point B. In this talk, Williams explores the 13,000-year history of transportation in this extraordinary waterway to illustrate how landscape has a central influence on the residents of a place and how they live their lives.
David B. Williams is an author, educator, and former park ranger. He has written about urban geology, Seattle topography, and natural history. His most recent book, Homewaters: A Human and Natural History of Puget Sound, was published in 2021. Focusing on the area south of Port Townsend and between the Cascade and Olympic mountains, Williams uncovers human and natural histories in, on, and around the Sound. Homewaters weaves history and science into a fascinating and hopeful narrative, one that introduces newcomers to the astonishing life that inhabits the Sound and offers longtime residents new insight into and appreciation of the waters they call home.
Williams is also the author of the award-winning book Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography, as well as Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City and Stories in Stone: Travels Through Urban Geology. Follow him on Twitter @geologywriter.
This event is part of the Everett Public Library's adult summer reading series. Learn more about the library's summer reading program here: 2022 Summer Reading.