1971 Seattle is the Setting for "Pike Place": Book to Debut on August 17, 2007, the 100th Anniversary of Seattle's Pike Place Market

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New novel, "Pike Place" by Marilyn Howard Tschudi, to be published on August 17, 2007. Story takes place in 1971 Seattle -- settings include the first Starbucks, Pike Place Market, Mercer Island, Space Needle, Puget Sound, Pioneer Square, Redmond, Yakima, Bellevue, Yakima, Richland and King County. Story told from perspective of 10-year-old girl, Bobbi Johnson.

When the seven members of the young Johnson family wander into a new coffee bean shop with a naked-mermaid logo and a strange-sounding name, little do they know that Starbucks will someday become one of the world's biggest companies. The year is 1971, and Seattle's own musician, Jimi Hendrix, has just died from a drug overdose -- just months before the city's first Bumbershoot music festival ("Festival '71").

Written in the voice of a ten-year-old girl, Pike Place begins in the Eastern Washington town of Richland, home of the Hanford nuclear plant and the Manhattan Project. When the family moves into the "Seattle City Limits," the kids explore the city on foot and on their Honda mini bikes.

But then the unimaginable happens: one day, one of the Johnson children, 16-year-old Angela, disappears -- and magical play lands become forbidden woods, suspicion clouds every interaction, and even Pike Place Market itself stirs up feelings of uncertainty and fear.

Pike Place is a story of innocence and innocence lost. It is a quest for what was -- for closure, for reconciliation, for a return to a place that only exists in the memory.

Pike Place by Marilyn Howard Tschudi
Categories: Literature/Historical/Women
Quarrystone Publishing Co. (New York, NY)
ISBN 978-0-6151-4455-9
Release Date: August 17, 2007

Pike Place includes many Pacific Northwest people and places, including:

  •     Pike Place Market
  •     Mercer Island (and Thomas Mercer and the MI Floating Bridge)
  •     Seattle Space Needle
  •     Starbucks (the first/only one at that time)
  •     Sears Seattle (Aurora Avenue)
  •     Highland Terrace Elementary
  •     Mt. Rainier
  •     Pioneer Square
  •     Seattle Police Department (SPD)
  •     University of Washington, Seattle
  •     Bumbershoot music festival (the first one, called "Festival '71")
  •     Puget Sound (and its rare geoducks)
  •     Redmond (and its Derby Days celebration) - before Microsoft, Nintendo, etc.
  •     Seattle-Tacoma (Sea-Tac) airport
  •     Seattle's famous Café Sport (in 1986, when Tom Douglas was chef there)
  •     1970s musical performers Jimi Hendrix, Bread, Davy Jones, David Cassidy, Bobby Sherman
  •     Columbia River
  •     Richland Man (also called "Kennewick Man")
  •     Vietnam War
  •     Yakima and the Yakima River

Born and raised in the state of Washington, Marilyn has also lived in Cleveland, São Paulo (Brazil), New York and Raleigh -- where she lives today with her husband and three children. Marilyn is a graduate of New York's Barnard College and founder and president of Architexture Home Center, Inc., an award-winning home design and remodeling firm serving the cities around North Carolina's capital.

Marilyn's experiences include regional theatre, singing with the Cleveland Orchestra under conductor Loren Mazel; acting classes at Barnard College with guest teacher Christopher Reeve, (shortly after Superman II; mother of actress Nicki Tschudi (Young Necie, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood); former guest host for weekly classical music show on NYC station WKCR FM. City. Completed full ground-up restoration of historic building in downtown Apex, NC, one of the country's few remaining intact 19th century railroad towns.

Pike Place is Marilyn's debut novel. She is currently writing a new novel, "Tavern on the Green."

The book was edited by Marilyn's husband, writer Robert Tschudi, a graduate of NYC's Stuyvesant High School and Columbia University. Robert was general manager of SouthPeak Interactive, a $75 Million publishing company. Published 100+ titles, including projects with Warner Bros., Sundance, DreamWorks Interactive, Viacom, Sony Signatures, Hanna Barbera, Amblin Entertainment, Mia Hamm, History Channel, Ansel Adams Foundation, and Coca-Cola

Robert will be taking an active role in the pre-release promotion of Pike Place, and is the lead contact for this project.

The cover of Pike Place was created by Italian artist and performer Enrico Leoni. The original design and artwork features a 1970's postcard view of the famous "Public Market" sign in front of the Puget Sound. The cover will be familiar to Seattle residents and non-residents alike, as this view is prominent in scenes from films "Sleepless in Seattle" and "A Guy Thing," television shows "Grey's Anatomy" and "Frasier," and the famous work "Pike Place" by artist Thomas Kinkade.

To request a media kit, call or send email to info(at)quarrystonepublishing.com and we will send the media kit to you.

Quarrystone Publishing Co. is providing advance copies to public libraries starting June, free of charge. To request, send email to info(at)quarrystonepublishing.com

Quarrystone Publishing Co. is a publisher of literary fiction.

Quarrystone Publishing Co.
1133 Broadway, Suite 706
New York, NY 10010
Phone: 1-212-710-5909
Fax: 1-212-627-8877
Internet: http://www.quarrystonepublishing.com

Robert (Bob) Tschudi
(267) 350-9227

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