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Brautigan Library featured in Harper’s Magazine

The Brautigan Library inside the Clark County Historical Museum was recently recognised by a December 2012 article in Harper’s Magazine.


Brautigan Library featured in SoHo, New York art exhibition

Turkish artist Banu Cennetoglu visited the Brautigan Library inside the museum in mid-December 2012, culling information and photographs for a new exhibit in the SoHo, New York gallery Artists Space entitled Frozen Lakes. The exhibition runs January 20th to March 24th, 2013.

Click here to read a recent article in The Columbian about Banu’s visit.


Brautigan Library featured in Japanese style magazine

The Brautigan Library was recently recognised by the Japanese men’s style magazine HUGE in their July 2011 issue. A copy of the issue is available in the Library.


2nd Annual National Unpublished Writers’ Day Workshop

Note: this is a past event.

Join us on Sunday, January 29th, 2012, from noon – 5 pm for the 2nd Annual National Unpublished Writers’ Day Workshop at the museum!

The museum galleries will remain open for viewing as will the Brautigan Library. The research library will be closed during the program.

Admission to this event is free!

Sponsors include: Riverview Community Bank, the Clark County Historical Museum, and Washington State University Vancouver.


National Unpublished Writers’ Day is an annual event held in partnership between the Clark County Historical Museum, the Writing Center at Washington State University Vancouver, and The Creative Media & Digital Culture Program at Washington State University Vancouver. The event highlights The Brautigan Library Collection at the Museum, Washington- born writer Richard Brautigan who conceived the idea for a library where anyone could deposit a copy of their unpublished book, regardless of content or quality of writing, and all those folks who wish to create or communicate through writing.

National Unpublished Writers’ Day is free, both in terms of admission and in the spirit of a sixties “happening” with their multiple, simultaneous events and opportunities. We do, however, welcome any contributions and donations. The event will feature a series of “creative stations” and workshops around the Museum, each offering different opportunities to learn or experience something associated with different aspects or kinds of writing. These Creation Stations and workshops serve to highlight a broad approach to writing and offer a wide array of information, theory, and practice for our visitors.

Creative stations will include:

Radio drama
Genealogy and Family History Writing
Writing for mobile media
Salmon Creek Journal
Spontaneous writing a la Jack Kerouac
Make your own zines
Very, Very, Very Short Stories
Comedy Writing
Descriptive writing
Creative Writing
Genealogical History Writing
Writing for role-playing games
Poetry As Survival
Editing/Resume writing
History Writing


Release of New Brautigan Biography, “Jubilee Hitchhiker: The Life and Times of Richard Brautigan”

Note: this is a past event.

On Saturday, March 17th, William (Gatz) Hjortsberg, a close and long-time friend of Richard Brautigan, will be reading from “Jubilee Hitchhiker: The Life and Times of Richard Brautigan”, his recent biography of the late author, published by Counterpoint Press.

When: 1:30 to 3:30 pm, Saturday, March 17th, 2012
Where: Clark County Historical Museum

The Museum is working with, among others, Dr. John Barber of the Washington State University Vancouver Creative Media & Digital Culture department to bring this event to Vancouver.

Copies of “Jubilee Hitchhiker” are now on pre-sale through the museum and will also be available for purchase on the 17th.



Title: Jubilee Hitchhiker
Subtitle: The Life and Times of Richard Brautigan
Author: William Hjortsberg
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
ISBN-13: 978-1-58243-790-3
Format: Trade Cloth, 896 pages, 7 x 10
Pub date: April 1, 2012
Price: $38.00
Category: Biography & Autobiography

JUBILEE HITCHHIKER is a comprehensive biography of the late novelist and poet Richard Brautigan, author of Troutfishing in America and A Confederate General from Big Sur, among many other works. When Brautigan took his own life in September of 1984 his close friends and network of artists and writers were devastated though not entirely surprised. To many, Brautigan was shrouded in enigma, erratic and unpredictable in his habits and presentation. But his career was formidable, an inspiration to young writers like William Hjortsberg trying to get their start. Brautigan’s career wove its way through both the Beat-influenced San Francisco Renaissance in the 1950s and the “Flower Power” hippie movement of the 1960s, while he never claimed direct artistic involvement with either period.

JUBILEE HITCHHIKER also delves deeply into the spirited times in which Brautigan lived. As Hjortsberg guides us through his search to uncover Brautigan as a man the reader is pulled deeply into the writer’s world. Ultimately this is a work that seeks to connect the Brautigan known to his fans with the man who ended his life so abruptly in 1984 while revealing the close ties between his writing and the actual events of his life. Part history, part biography, and part memoir, JUBILEE HITCHHIKER etches the portrait of a man destroyed by his genius.


William Hjortsberg is the author of eight books, including Alp, Gray Matters, and Falling Angel, as well as the screenplays “Legend” and “Thunder & Lightning.” He lives in Montana with his wife, painter Janie Camp.