SHORT STORIES: Stories out now in Best American Short Stories 2015, Mississippi Review, Idaho Review and coming this summer in McSweeney's and Tin House.


MARCH 19 -- SEATTLE - Town Hall Benefit with Brandi Carlile 6 p.m.

MARCH 31 -- LOS ANGELES - AWP, LA Convention Center Petree Hall 4:30-5:45 p.m.

APRIL 1 -- LOS ANGELES - AWP, LA Convention Center 502 10:30-11:45 a.m.

APRIL 8-10 -- CANNON BEACH, ORE -- Get Lit at the Beach

APRIL 12 -- SPOKANE -- Get Lit with Sam Ligon and Shawn Vestal

APRIL 19 -- MEMPHIS -- Rhodes College

APRIL 28 -- SPOKANE, Washington Library Association Banquet

JUNE 11 -- SPOKANE, EWU Commencement, 9 a.m. 2 p.m.

JUNE 12 -- COEUR D'ALENE, Common Read, 5 p.m.

JULY 9-14 -- PORTLAND, Tin House Workshops/​Readings


OCTOBER 28 -- SPOKANE, Humanities Washington

NOVEMBER 5 -- NORTH IDAHO COLLEGE, Undergraduate Humanities Conference

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Winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award

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"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