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25th annual Literary Sojourn author lineup announced

Teresa Ristow
Chris Cleave, author of "Little Bee" discusses his work during the 18th annual Literary Sojourn at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort in 2010.
Matt Stensland

Tickets available in June

Tickets for the Sept. 16 event will go on sale sometime in June, on a date announced through the Sojourn News email listing.

Tickets are $75 for a reserved seat in the Strings Music Pavilion. Donors who contribute an additional $75 or more are eligible for early ticket sales. Those contributions do not need to be made in advance of the early ticket sale as in previous years but can instead by made at the same time early tickets are purchased.

There is a limit of four tickets per person.

— Avid readers can now put the finishing touches on their summer reading lists in preparation for this September’s 25th annual Literary Sojourn event in Steamboat Springs.

The Bud Werner Memorial Library has announced the sixth and final author who will speak during an afternoon event Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Strings Music Pavilion, which is a new location for the popular event.

The library will welcome back 2010 Literary Sojurn author Chris Cleave to serve as master of ceremonies. Cleave will also talk about his most recent novel, “Everyone Brave is Forgiven,” set during World War II and inspired by a personal family story.

Among the featured authors is Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Owen Butler, whose 16th novel, “Perfume River,” explores a contemporary Florida family’s post-Vietnam War experience.

“It’s about the aftermath of serving in Vietnam and the impact of that experience,” said Bud Werner Memorial Library Executive Director Chris Painter.

Afghan-American author Nadia Hashimi has published three novels, including her latest, “A House Without Windows,” which tells the story of an unlikely sisterhood in an Afghan women’s prison.

Painter said the customs described and the way in which women are treated in Afghanistan were surprising.

“I was amazed, because I think it was set in the present day, but it felt very much like historical fiction,” Painter said. “It was eye-opening.”

Author Eowyn Ivey is an award-winning Alaskan author who was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for her debut novel, “The Snow Child,” about a couple who creates a child out of snow.

Her latest novel, “To the Bright Edge of the World,” is historical fiction set in the late 1800s, with romance and Alaskan mythology weaved in, Painter said.

“It’s an Alaskan adventure tale,” she said. “It’s also an incredibly romantic love story. It’s such a rich read and a beautiful book.”

Novelist and poet Paulette Jiles’ most recent work, “News of the World,” is also historical fiction and tells the story of a traveling newsman who goes from town to town reciting news — sometimes censoring the content depending on his audience.

“It’s a very small book that tells a great big story,” Painter said.

Amor Towles’ latest novel, “A Gentleman in Moscow,” tells the story of a count who is sentenced to spend the rest of his life inside the attic of a luxury hotel.

“It’s a marvelous historical fiction novel — we can’t keep it on the shelves,” Painter said.

Towles is also known for his bestselling novel “Rules of Civility.”

Painter said organizers are excited about the event’s new location at Strings Pavilion, and she said the library has stocked up on many of the Literary Sojourn authors’ titles to give readers a chance to explore their work prior to September.

An author book discussion series will also take place between May and August, with a discussion program for a book by each author, with complimentary copies of the books available from the library.

For more information see literarysojurn.org.

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email tristow@SteamboatToday.com or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow

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