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David B. Williams, Author of Too High & Too Steep

At noon on March 22nd, author David B. Williams will make a presentation to the Mercer Island Rotary Club at the Mercer Island Community Center. Island Books is proud to help bring his book Too High and Too Steep to Rotary's audience. Guests are welcome; contact Mike Cero, 206.419.0657 or

Residents and visitors in today's Seattle would barely recognize the landscape that its founding settlers first encountered. As the city grew, its leaders and inhabitants dramatically altered its topography to accommodate their changing visions. In Too High and Too Steep, Williams uses his deep knowledge of Seattle, scientific background, and extensive research and interviews to illuminate the physical challenges and sometimes startling hubris of these large-scale transformations, from the filling in of the Duwamish tideflats to the massive regrading project that pared down Denny Hill. In the course of telling this fascinating story, Williams helps readers find visible traces of the city's former landscape and better understand Seattle as a place that has been--and still is being--radically reshaped.

Eminently readable and informative, Too High and Too Steep was an Island Books Top Ten pick for best non-fiction of the year. You can read more about David Williams and his work on our blog.


Event date: 
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Event address: 
8236 SE 24th St
Mercer Island, WA 98040
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Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle's Topography Cover Image
ISBN: 9780295995045
Availability: Usually Available in 1-5 Days
Published: University of Washington Press - August 24th, 2015