About William D. Layman
The Columbia River's power, beauty and mystery have given shape to William Layman's research, writing and involvement in river-related projects for over 30 years. In 1997, the Center for Columbia River History recognized his contributions through the James B. Castles Award, given for deepening the appreciation of Columbia River heritage. He is the author of Native River: The Columbia Remembered (WSU Press, 2004) and River of Memory: The Everlasting Columbia, (UW Press, 2006), the latter of which won the Washington State Book Award and was selected as runner-up of the Western Writers of America's Spur Award for Best Western Nonfiction. A former Research Associate for the Royal British Columbia Museum, he resides along the Columbia River in Wenatchee, Washington.