2019 LaSalle Storyteller Award
September 9, 2019
Organization Name: Artist Trust
Organization Location: Washington State
The LaSalle Storyteller Award is an unrestricted grant of $10,000 given to a Washington State artist engaged in storytelling through their artistic discipline. The 2019 Award will recognize an outstanding literary artist working in fiction.
Funding for the LaSalle Storyteller Award is generously donated by author Gar LaSalle. A physician, sculptor, and award-winning filmmaker and author, Gar LaSalle has been honored widely in both the medical and arts communities for his leadership and creativity. He is a co-founder of TeamHealth, the nation’s largest physician staffing company and served for thirteen years as its national chief medical officer. He also is an adjunct professor of emergency medicine at Cornell-Columbia and the University of Washington. Gar has earned acclaim for his debut novel, “Widow Walk,” and the first two sequels, “Isthmus” and “The Fairness of Beasts,” which reflect his love of history. All three novels have been optioned for the screen by Seattle based Heyou Media. His first feature-length film, “Diary of a Moonlighter,” was produced in 1976 and aired on the PBS series “P.O.V.” He writes from his home in Seattle and sculpts in his studio on Maury Island.