Literary Sojourn lineup announced |

Literary Sojourn lineup announced

Tickets available online and at local bookstores, library

Margaret Hair

— Tickets for the 17th annual Literary Sojourn are now available, and event organizers recommend signing up before the lecture series’ 500 seats sell out.

“Literary Sojourn has become so well-known, and not only popular locally but regionally and nationally, that it’s sold out so fast that we end up with disappointed locals,” said Jennie Lay, a member of the Literary Sojourn event committee.

This year’s festival, scheduled for Oct. 10 at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort, features five authors who have published a combined 49 volumes of fiction, Lay said.

“We’ve got some serious literary heavy hitters coming this year who just have a substantial body of work and are critically acclaimed and are best-selling – all of the above,” Lay said. “It’s kind of the perfect storm.”

Richard Bausch has written 11 novels and seven short-story collections, and has garnered praise in the form of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and entries in anthologies including “Best American Short Stories.” Bausch teaches English at The University of Memphis; his most recent novel, “Peace,” revolves around a WWII battle scene.

John Darnton, a 40-year-veteran reporter and editor for The New York Times, combines decades of newspaper knowledge with a knack for writing murder mysteries in his latest novel, “Black and White and Dead All Over.” Darnton has reported from West Africa, Poland, Kenya and Spain as a foreign correspondent for the Times; his work from Poland earned a Pulitzer Prize.

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Amitav Ghosh’s novel “Sea of Poppies” – about a sea voyage from colonial India to the island Mauritius – was one of six finalists for the 2008 Man Booker Prize; past winners of the international contest include “Life of Pi” and “The Remains of the Day.” Ghosh has written 10 novels and is among the best-known writers in India.

Linda Hogan writes novels, poems, essays and plays, is a former Pulitzer Prize finalist and is one of the leading voices in American Indian literature. Her latest book, “People of the Whale,” is about an American Indian veteran of the Vietnam War.

Jayne Anne Phillips won critical acclaim in 1984 for her first novel, “Machine Dreams,” which chronicled the development of a small-town family from the Depression through the Vietnam War. She returned to the fiction after a nine-year break in January with “Lark & Termite.”

Tickets to the 2009 Literary Sojourn are $75, and are available at Bud Werner Memorial Library, Epilogue Book Co., Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, and online at This is the first year tickets for the event have been available online.

To reach Margaret Hair, call 871-4204 or e-mail