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Three of five 2016 Literary Sojourn authors announced

Author Lauren Groff’s New York Times bestselling novel, "Fates and Furies" was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award and the Kirkus Prize and was selected by Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Russo to be NPR’s Morning Edition Book Club pick.
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Author Lauren Groff’s New York Times bestselling novel, “Fates and Furies” was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award and the Kirkus Prize and was selected by Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Russo to be NPR’s Morning Edition Book Club pick.

— Bud Werner Memorial Library has confirmed three out of five featured authors and the master of ceremonies for the 2016 Literary Sojourn.

They include Patrick deWitt, Lauren Groff, Anthony Marra and retiring author Jess Walter, who will serve as master of ceremonies.

Author Patrick deWitt is know for the critically acclaimed “Ablutions: Notes for a Novel” and “The Sisters Brothers,” a bestseller with a deep sense of humor with a classic western twist. Author Anthony Marra is known for his novel “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena,” which appeared on more than 20 year-end best books lists and won the National Book Critics Circle’s inaugural John Leonard Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and the Barnes & Noble Discover Award.Returning Literary Sojourn author Jess Walter will be this year’s master of ceremonies and is known as a National Book Award Finalist for his novel, “The Zero” and the Edgar Allan Poe Winner for his novel, “Citizen Vance.” He is also the author of six novels, one nonfiction book and a collection of short stories.

“It’s a fantastic start,” said Chris Painter, Bud Werner Memorial Library director. “It’s not a complete and final author lineup, but it’s a pretty amazing jump on the next year.”



An annual festival of authors and readers gathering in celebration of literature, the Literary Sojourn will take place from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 17 in the Sheraton Grand Ballroom. Tickets, which usually sell out within an hour of going on sale, will be available in July.

The rest of the lineup, Painter said, is usually confirmed by early spring. Based on connections within the publishing community, enticing authors are selected to provide balance and diversity with different points of views and styles of writing.



“It’s a whole discovery process,” Painter said. “We are just now hearing about what’s coming out in 2016 for the upcoming spring and fall lists.”

Speaking of the confirmed authors, Painter described deWitt as quirky and somewhat unusual. He is the critically acclaimed author of “Ablutions: Notes for a Novel” and “The Sisters Brothers,” a bestseller with a deep sense of humor and a classic western twist.

Of Groff, Painter described an author who is “quite brilliant” and skilled at throwing curve balls, as well as presenting characters and their points of view in interesting ways. Groff is known for her New York Times bestselling novel, “Fates and Furies,” which was also a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award, the Kirkus Prize and was selected by former Literary Sojourn author Richard Russo to be National Public Radio’s Morning Edition Book Club pick.

Marra is another author Painter said has been highly praised as a literary craftsman. He is known for his novel “The Tsar of Love and Techo,” which was selected as a national Indie Bestseller and praised by the New York Times Book Review. In addition, his novel “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena” appeared on more than 20 year-end best books lists and won the National Book Critics Circle’s inaugural John Leonard Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and the Barnes & Noble Discover Award.

Returning to the Literary Sojourn is Jess Walter, National Book Award Finalist for his novel, “The Zero” and the Edgar Allan Poe Winner for his novel, “Citizen Vance.” Among his accomplishments, his work has appeared in Harper’s, Esquire, McSweeney’s, Byliner, Playboy, ESPN the Magazine, Best American Short Stories, Best American Nonrequired Reading and a variety of other publications.

“Once again, we feel that next year’s event will be absolutely stellar,” Painter said. “We have some of the best and brightest writers writing novels today, and 2016 will be no exception.”

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


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