Heralded hometown author Jess Walter will discuss his writing in a lecture at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 21 in the Globe Room of Cataldo Hall on the Gonzaga University campus as part of the 2008-2009 Gonzaga University Visiting Writer Series. The event is free and open to the public.
Walter has written four novels: “The Zero,” “Citizen Vince,” “Land of the Blind” and “Over Tumbled Graves,” as well as the nonfiction book, “Every Knee Shall Bow”(released as “Ruby Ridge”). Walter’s essays, short stories, journalism and criticisms have been widely published. His work has appeared in Newsweek, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and the Boston Globe.
Walter’s novels have been published in 14 languages throughout 16 countries.
Walter’s latest book, “The Zero,” was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award, the 2007 PEN Center Literary Award and the 2007 L.A. Times Book Prize and winner of the 2007 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award. “The Zero”has received widespread praise from many popular literary entities, including The Wall Street Journal, The San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times.
Spokane is Walter’s current home as well as the primary setting for many of his novels. More information about Walker can be found at his Web site.
Continuing the Gonzaga University Visiting Writer Series will be Carolyn Forché, a poet speaking on Nov. 13; Li-Young Lee, a poet speaking on Feb. 3; Joe Wilkins and Claire McQuerry, Gonzaga alumni writers speaking on March 3; Alexandra Fuller, a writer speaking on March 24; and Gonzaga’s own Beth Cooley, associate professor of English, on April 9. All of the lectures will be held in the Globe Room of Cataldo Hall and all begin at 7:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Gonzaga associate English Professor Tod Marshall at (509) 313-6681 or via e-mail.