2015 Literary Sojourn lineup | SteamboatToday.com

2015 Literary Sojourn lineup

— Revealing the side of a story that often goes untold, six authors will gather at an event known as Literary Sojourn.

“We are reeling in the excitement of it all,” said Chris Painter, Bud Werner Memorial Library director and founder of Literary Sojourn. “We have worked so hard to create an established event that now has an excellent reputation with attendees and amongst the authors themselves.”

Now in its 23rd year, the Literary Sojourn — a nonprofit event developed by a guild of community members with the intention to bring together authors and readers — will feature Diane Ackerman, Lily King, Dinaw Mengestu, Mary Doria, Richard Russo and Jim Shepard.

“I find myself each year thinking that it can’t get any bigger or better, but every year it does,” Painter said. “We are so thrilled at the caliber of authors that we have coming Steamboat this year I’m pinching myself.”

On Saturday, Oct. 10 book lovers from across the nation will gather at the Sheraton Resort for the annual event. Tickets will go on sale July 13 at 9 a.m. online only for $75. In the past few years, tickets have sold out within the first twenty to thirty minutes.

This year’s reading list, Painter said is incredibly rich with widely recognized titles. Many of the authors are recommended by those who were featured at previous Literary Sojourns.

“Most of these authors have a huge number of titles under their belt with some terrific books,” she said. “There is no lack of terrific books this year.”

Literary Sojourn 2015 Lineup

Diane Ackerman

Known as a poet, essayist and naturalist, Ackerman has two dozen highly acclaimed works of non fiction and poetry in her repertoire. A few titles include, “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” “A Natural History of the Senses,” and her latest nonfiction book, “The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us” which received the P.E.N. Henry David Thoreau Award for Nature Writing and was a New York Times bestseller.

Lily King

King’s new novel, “Euphoria” is a captivating story that has topped numerous summer reading lists including National Geographic and The Boston Globe in addition it has won the 2014 Kirkus Award and New England Book Award. It was also included in Time’s Top 10 Fiction Books of 2014. King’s first novel, “The Pleasing Hour” won the Barnes and Noble Discover Award and was an alternate for the PEN? Hemingway Award.

Dinaw Mengestu

Mengestu is an Ethiopian-American novelist and writer who is the recipient of a 5 Under 35 award from the National Book Foundation and a 20 Under 40 award from The New York. In addition to writing three novels, “The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears,” “How to Read the Air” and his new novel “All Our Names” a story that explores the puzzles of identity, place and relationships. Mengestu also has published journalism and fiction pieces that have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker and The Wall Street Journal.

Mary Doria Russell

Nine of Doria Russell’s novels have won national and international literary awards including the American Library Association Readers’ Choice and the Arthur C. Clarke Award. A few of those novels include “Doc,” “The Sparrow,” “Children of God,” “A Thread of Grace,” “Dreamers of the Day,” and the new historical novel “Epitaph.”

Richard Russo

Author of seven novels and a collection of short stories and screenplays, Russo won a 2002 Pulitzer Prize for his novel “Empire Falls.” Giving up teaching to pursue a writing career, Russo has been known for his depictions of working class life and he was once editor of The Best American Short Stories 2010.

Jim Shepard – Master of Ceremonies

Featured in 2011 as one of the Literary Sojourn authors, Shepard is back to be Master of Ceremonies. He is the author of seven novels and four story collections including his new novel, “The Book of Aron.” His work has appeared in Harper’s, The Paris Review and the New Yorker among others.

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

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