Bestselling author Charles R. Cross of Seattle will launch his new book, “Here We Are Now: The Lasting Impact of Kurt Cobain” with a reading, conversation and book signing at the Aberdeen Timberland Library on Thursday, March 20 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
The author of nine books, Cross has previously published two books on Nirvana’s front man, “Heavier than Heaven: The Biography of Kurt Cobain,” just out in a new edition, and “Cobain Unseen,” both national bestsellers. Copies of the latest book and the updated “Heavier than Heaven” will be available for purchase, and Cross will sign any of his previous books as well.
As the title of his talk, “Kurt Cobain: Aberdeen and Legacy: How he Changed Aberdeen and How it Shaped Him,” indicates, Cross will discuss Cobain’s relationship with his hometown. He will also answer questions from the audience.
The library is Cross’s first stop on the national book tour for his new book. Cross returns to Aberdeen to launch each Cobain book in Kurt’s hometown, reflecting Cross’s passion to show how the musician’s life can be an inspiration to young people, and how important the city was in shaping him.
Cross’s new book takes on the question of why Cobain matters so much 20 years after his death, exploring the legacy of a man whose life continues to influence pop culture and music as well as addiction and recovery models and communities.
Cross graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in creative writing. From 1986 to 2000, he served as editor of the Northwest music and entertainment magazine, The Rocket, the first publication ever to run a story on Nirvana. Cross’s writing has appeared in hundreds of magazines and newspapers. He has lectured and read at universities and colleges around the world, and has frequently been interviewed for film, radio, and television documentaries.