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David Guterson, American writer. Recipient Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association award; Guggenheim fellow.


Guterson, David was born on May 4, 1956 in Seattle, Washington, United States. Son of Murray Bernard and Shirley (Zak) Guterson.


During his childhood, he attended Seattle Public Schools, went to Roosevelt High School and later attended the University of Washington where he earned Bachelor of Arts Degree in English literature and a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing.


He is best known as the author of the book Snow Falling on Cedars. Guterson is also a Guggenheim Fellow. It was during his teaching career that Guterson began to publish stories and essays in small magazines and periodicals, later selling pieces to Esquire, Sports Illustrated and Harper's Magazine.

Published in 1989, his first book, The Country Ahead of Us, the Country Behind was a collection of short stories set mostly in the Pacific Northwest. His second book, Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense, was published in 1992 and contained essays on family and education. As of 2014 his third, and so far most popular novel, is Snow Falling on Cedars, published in 1994.

Guterson's freelance journalism included articles on environmental issues, travel writing and human interest features.


  • Currently, he lives on Bainbridge Island in Puget Sound, and is a co-founder of Field's End, an organization for writers.



Married Robin Ann Radwick, 1979. Children: Taylor, Travis, Henry, Angelica.

Murray Bernard Guterson

Shirley (Zak) Guterson

Robin Ann Radwick

Taylor Guterson

Travis Guterson

Henry Guterson

Angelica Guterson