Author Patricia O’Connell Killen
Academic vice president at Gonzaga University, will discuss her recent book about the early Northwest Bishop A.M.A. Blanchet. Killen co-edited “Selected Letters of A.M.A. Blanchet, Bishop of Walla Walla & Nesqualy 1846-1879,” with Roberta Stringham Brown, professor of French at Pacific Lutheran University, which was published last fall by University of Washington Press. This selection of 45 letters by the first Catholic Bishop of today’s Washington state provides a view of early Washington history through the eyes of an intelligent, devout, energetic, perceptive, and occasionally irascible cleric and administrator.