Jess Walter

"As talented a natural storyteller as is working in American Fiction." -- Washington Post

Jess Walter is the author of eight books, including the 2013 #1 New York Times bestseller, Beautiful Ruins; The Zero, finalist for the 2006 National Book Award, and Citizen Vince, winner of the 2005 Edgar Allan Poe Award. His work has been published in 32 languages and his short fiction has won a Pushcart Prize and appeared three times in Best American Short Stories.

"...his most bleakly funny,hard-edge book in years." -- New York Times (2013)

"A small masterpiece." -- Time (2009)


Story Collection
Seattle Times: "So freakishly, fiendishly good it isn't fair." --Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award. --Long List Story Prize and Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize.
New York Times Book Review: "A high-wire feat of bravura storytelling." --#1 Bestseller --Esquire Book of the Year --NPR Fresh Air Novel of the Year --New York Times Notable.
Esquire: "Brilliant--and brilliantly funny." --Time #2 Book of the Year
Kirkus: "A brilliant tour de force." --National Book Award Finalist --PEN/USA Literary Fiction Finalist --LA Times Book Prize Finalist --Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award
Chicago Tribute: "Immensely entertaining." --Edgar Allan Poe Award best novel --Finalist ITW Thriller Award
"Funny, philosophical and original." The London Times
"Riveting ... outstanding ... tremendous emotional impact." Washington Post Book World
"A stunning job of reporting." -- New York Times Book Review

Stories appearing or forthcoming in Best American Short Stories 2017, Pushcart Prize Anthology 2017, McSweeney's #49


Oct. 26 - SPOKANE - Pie and Whiskey Launch Party
Oct. 27 - SPOKANE - Humanities Washington Bedtime Stories
Nov. 12 - PORTLAND - Pie and Whiskey
Nov. 15 - SEATTLE - Pie and Whiskey
Nov. 27 - SPOKANE - Whitworth University - (Ruby Ridge)
Dec. 6-7 - SEATTLE - Hugo House Words Works
Feb. 2 - SEATTLE - A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment Live w/​Sherman Alexie
Feb. 21 - 23 - MISSISSIPPI STATE U - Visiting Writer
March 18 - 24 POSITANO, ITALY - Sirenland Writers Conference
April 12 - OLYMPIA - Readers are Leaders Breakfast
April 13 - OLYMPIA - Washington Center Salon
April 16 - SEATTLE - Seattle Rep w/​Jim Lynch

*69 weeks NYT Bestseller list, 5 weeks #1
*Esquire's Best book of 2012
*NPR-Fresh Air best Novel of 2012
*Audible and Salon best audio book of 2012
*New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Washington Post Notable Book of the Year, Best books of the year: Entertainment Weekly, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald, Seattle Times, The Oregonian, St. Louis Today, Kansas City Star, Goodreads, Hudsons, Barnes and Noble, Amazon

"A literary miracle."--NPR's Fresh Air
"A high-wire feat of bravura storytelling."--NYT Book Review
"A masterpiece ... damn near perfect."--Salon

Winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award

"Captivating ... devastating ... funny because it's true, and horrible because it's true, and funny because it's horrible, and so on, forever. Fortunately, Walter is a bighearted man who excels at writing about other bighearted, if broken, men. That generosity of spirit, coupled with Walter's seeming inability to look away from the messy bits, elevates these stories from dirges to symphonies." Allison Glock, New York Times Book Review

"Stories that twist and plumb, delivering unexpected laughs while playing with what it is we think we know ... so freakishly, fiendishly good it isn't fair." -- Ken Armstrong, Seattle Times

"Terrifically crafted, sometimes funny, and often heartrendingly grim ..." -- Ethan Gilsdorf, Boston Globe

"A bad-ass collection ... gritty, big-hearted." Ben Percy, Esquire

"Wildly entertaining and thought-provoking fiction from a prodigiously talented writer." - Booklist (starred review)

"Walter's got a great ear and a genius for sympathy with America's new dispossessed." Alan Cheuse, NPR