Sat, Nov 12|
Saturday Speaker Series - The Razor’s Edge: The Washington Razor Clam Phenomenon
This is a HYBRID program. Join us online OR in the Old Redmond Schoolhouse at 16600 NE 80th St., Redmond, WA 98052.
Time & Location
Nov 12, 2022, 10:30 AM
Redmond, Old Redmond Schoolhouse, 16600 NE 80th St, Redmond, WA 98052, USA
About the Event
What brings thousands of men, women, and children to Washington’s sandy coastal beaches every year, braving weather, and surf? The buried treasure known as the Pacific razor clam.
Hunting and gathering these creatures has preoccupied Northwesterners from the time of the Native peoples to the present moment. Challenging to dig, delicious to eat, and providing a sometimes-heady experience of abundance, razor clams are entwined with the state’s commerce, identity, and history. Join us on November 12 as author and clam digger David Berger explores the twists and turns of a quintessential Northwest activity from its pre-settlement days to the present.
Read an interview with David Berger here.
David Berger has worked as a visual arts critic for The Seattle Times, executive director of a botanical garden, and as a communication officer for Dunhuang, a World Heritage Site on the Silk Road in China. Berger is also a Metcalf Fellow for Marine and Environmental Reporting. David Berger started razor clamming when he moved to Washington after graduating from college. Answering the many questions generated about razor clam lore, history, and biology led to writing a book, Razor Clams: Buried Treasure of the Pacific Northwest, published in fall 2017. When not razor clamming, Berger is also a visual artist. In addition to Razor Clams, he wrote Persimmon and Frog: My Life and Art (Chin Music Press, 2020), about Fumiko Kimura. He lives in Seattle.