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From the Studio: Beautiful Wounds

Tim Connor
Photo: Savanna Rothe
Journalist and photographer Tim Connor holds a copy of his book Beautiful Wounds in the SPR lobby

Writer and photographer Tim Connor discusses his book Beautiful Wounds

Tim Connor, a Spokane-based investigative journalist, joined E.J. Iannelli in the KPBX studio to talk about his book Beautiful Wounds: A Search for Solace and Light in Washington's Channeled Scablands.

Published in May by the W. W. Norton imprint The Countryman Press, Beautiful Wounds is a collection of Connor's photography and related personal essays. The book was a "life-changing, photographic vision quest" that emerged out of an especially turbulent and trying period in his life.

In addition to exploring parts of Connor's family history, Beautiful Wounds is an effort to document—both visually and in writing—the unique way in which the Inland Northwest landscape was shaped by colossal ice age floods.

The book is also partly an homage to the champion of that geologic theory, J. Harlen Bretz, who was derided and ridiculed by the scientific community for most of the 20th century until finally being vindicated shortly before his death.

Connor will host a lecture and book signing for Beautiful Wounds on Saturday, October 8 at 2pm at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane.

More about his photography and book can be found at his blog, Rhubarb Skies.

E.J. Iannelli is Spokane Public Radio's Arts and Music Director