Opinion: “To Amazon’s new host cities: Be ready for a lot of change”

“As New York City and Crystal City in Virginia prepare for Amazon to plant its new headquarters and thousands of employees in their areas, take it from a rare Seattle townie who’s lived in the same house he grew up in since the 1970s: Get ready for a lot of change — some for the better, but certainly not all of it positive. I have never found Seattle at once so cosmopolitan and so painfully one-dimensional.”


Lake City Book Tour

Tuesday, January 8th
Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, 7:00PM
Seattle, WA
in conversation with Jonathan Evison

Thursday, January 10th
East Bay Booksellers, 7:00PM
Oakland, CA
in conversation with Broke-Ass Stuart Schuffman

Friday, January 11th
BookSoup, 7:00PM
Los Angeles, CA
in conversation with Sherry Cola and special guest Bronson Pinchot

Tuesday, January 15th
WORD Brooklyn, 7:30PM
Brooklyn, NY
in conversation with Maria Dahvana Headley

Thursday, January 24th
Powell's City of Books, 7:30PM
Portland, OR
in conversation with Pauls Toutonghi

Thursday, February 7th
Elliott Bay Book Company, 7:00PM
Seattle, WA




New Novel, Lake City,
Out Jan 2019

"Kohnstamm delivers a blistering, clear-eyed, and surefooted footed debut about the perils and pitfalls of misdirected ambition. More than that, Lake City is a hilarious and sneakily incisive examination of the cultural tensions, and widening class divides that simmer on the fringes of an increasingly homogenized Seattle--or San Francisco, or Brooklyn, or Los Angeles, or any other American city in the throes of affluenza and gentrification."

— Jonathan Evison




Do Travel Writers Go To Hell | Novel

Outside Magazine’s “Favorite Road Novels”

"Thomas Kohnstamm’s raw portrayal of life as a young, broke travel writer in South America… A must-read for any backpacker—future, past, or present."

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