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Lineup for 2014 Literary Sojourn is announced

Authors Hillary Jordan and Naomi Benaron talk about their careers Sunday morning at Bud Werner Memorial Library. The two authors were well received by the large crowd that attended the library's event billed as a bonus to Steamboat's 20th annual Literary Sojourn.
Scott Franz

For tickets:

Steamboat’s 22nd annual Literary Sojourn, a festival of readers and authors, is presented by Bud Werner Memorial Library. General admission tickets cost $75 and will go on sale online only at 9 a.m. Monday, July 14 and can be found at this link. The ticket will cover a brunch from the Sheraton as well as refreshments and beverages served throughout the program. Book sales will be featured on-site throughout the entire event.

— As an author reveals the story behind the inspiration and triumph that comes with writing a book, a new appreciation for the written word can be found.

That’s what Literary Sojourn is all about.

For tickets:

Steamboat’s 22nd annual Literary Sojourn, a festival of readers and authors, is presented by Bud Werner Memorial Library. General admission tickets cost $75 and will go on sale online only at 9 a.m. Monday, July 14 and can be found at this link. The ticket will cover a brunch from the Sheraton as well as refreshments and beverages served throughout the program. Book sales will be featured on-site throughout the entire event.



Founded in 1993, the nonprofit event was developed by a guild of community members who bring together authors and readers alike for a festival presented by Bud Werner Memorial Library. The organizers have adopted the ambitious mission of bringing exceptional authors to the community and inspiring the literary culture in Steamboat Springs.

This year’s Literary Sojourn will be held Saturday, Sept. 20 at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. It will begin with a brunch then each author will speak for about 40 minutes about the inspiration for the stories and characters in their published works.



Tickets go on sale July 14 for $75 each and only can be purchased online. Last year, the event sold out in 13 minutes.

This year’s event again features nationally known, award-winning authors, who will offer insight into the curious yet intriguing psyche of writers.

Chris Painter, Bud Werner Memorial Library director and founder of Literary Sojourn, said organizers intended to put together a lineup that included a phenomenal body of work that people will undoubtedly enjoy reading.

“You really get to see where their soul was when they were writing these stories,” Painter said. “I read for pure enjoyment and also to connect with a part of myself that has a common understanding of the human condition that is often reflected in literature.”

Generally, most of the authors are recommended by past Literary Sojourn authors.

“We strive for every year to have high caliber authors,” Painter said. “It’s a constant each and every year, and it’s an outstanding goal that we work towards.”

After each Literary Sojourn, Painter said she leaves fascinated, inspired and incredibly excited to go home and read a new list of riveting novels.

“What I look forward to most is that when an author tells his or her readers the stories behind the inspiration and ideas behind their books, it peels back layers to stories I have read and enjoyed in advance of the Literary Sojourn event,” she said.

Literary Sojourn 2014 Lineup

Anthony Doerr

Author of five books including his most recent novel, “All the Light We Cannot See,” Doerr’s books have been named twice to the New York Times Notable Book list and honored as an American Library Association Book of the Year. His work has earned him four O Henry Prizes, three Pushcart Prizes, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, the National Magazine Award for Fiction and the Story Prize.

Curtis Sittenfeld

This quirky yet funny novelist wrote a few bestselling novels including, “Sisterland,” “American Wife,” “Prep” and “The Man of My Dreams.” She was also a writer for This American Life. Her novel “American Wife” was based on the life of First Lady Laura Bush and has received numerous reviews and was named one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by Time, People and Entertainment Weekly.

Emily St. John Mandel

Mandel’s novel, “Station Eleven,” was predicted by Painter to really launch Mandel’s career as a writer. Her books are unique, well written, sinister thrillers. Her three previous novels, “Last Night in Montreal,” “The Singer’s Gun” and “The Lola Quartet,” were selected as Indie Next picks. “The Singer’s Gun” won the 2014 Prix Mystere de la Critique in France. Her work also has appeared in The Millions and The Best American Mystery Stories 2013 in addition to Venice Noir.

Colm Tóibín

Gregariously entertaining, Toibin is an Irish novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, journalist, critic and poet. He regularly contributes to the Dublin Review, the New York Review of Books and the London Review of Books. He is currently a Mellon Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Painter described his novel “Brooklyn” as “an incredible body of work.” This book was the winner of the Costa Novel of the Year. “Testament of Mary,” Tóibín’s 2012 Broadway play, received three Tony Award nominations, including Best Play.

Daniel Woodrell

His novel, “The Maid’s Version,” is a resonant, evocative story, inspired by real events. Five of Woodrell’s books have been selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. “Winter’s Bone” was adapted into a film with four Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, and the film won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

Karen Joy Fowler (Master of Ceremonies)

Fowler is a 2008 Literary Scholar who will be making another appearance at the Literary Sojourn event as the master of ceremonies. Most notably, she is a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and a Nebula Award winner. She has crafted six novels and three short story collections. Her novel, “The Jane Austen Book Club,” spent 13 weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list and was a New York Times Notable Book.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@ExploreSteamboat.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1


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