Today my guest is novelist and essayist, short story and travel writer James D. Houston. Like Joan Didion and John Steinbeck, Jim Houston has chronicled life in the West, California, the Pacific Rim over a career as a writer that has spanned forty years. He is author of the prizewinning novels Snow Mountain Passage, a telling of the story of the Donner Party and Bird of Another Heaven, about the last king of Hawaii, nonfiction classics like The Men in My Life and Californians: Searching for the Golden State, and one of the most influencial and enduring books, another classic, Farewell to Manzanar, with Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, read and studied as part of the public school curriculum, now in its 63rd printing, the singular story of the internment of Japanese-Americans as told from the perspective of young Jeanne Wakatsuki. Jim Houston was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford and has written on family, surfing, Hawaii, and in every medium so that it’s a real pleasure to welcome him to Bibliocracy on the occasion of the publication of his career-defining collection from Heyday Books, Where Light Takes Its Color from the Sea. For more: http://www.jamesdhouston.com/.