Jess Walter

"As talented a natural storyteller as is working in American fiction these days." -- Washington Post

Jess Walter is the author of eight books. He's been a #1 New York Times bestseller, was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award and the PEN/​USA Literary prize in both fiction and nonfiction, and won the 2005 Edgar Allan Poe Award.

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

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


In the U.K., Beautiful Ruins has been named one of the books of the year by GQ, the Irish Times, the Daily Mail, and the Sunday Times, which calls it "a bravura feat of narrative versatility."


FEBRUARY 6 -- WALLA WALLA, Whitman College

FEBRUARY 12 -- SPOKANE, Gonzaga University Leadership


FEBRUARY 20-23 -- MISSOULA, University of Montana Visiting Writer

FEBRUARY 28 -- SEATTLE, AWP, Center for Fiction Panel

MARCH 1 -- SEATTLE, AWP, Hosting Tobias Wolff/​Gish Jen Reading

MARCH 10-14 -- AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands/​BRUSSELS, Belgium

MAY 16 -- WENATCHEE, Keynote, Write on the River and NCW Regional Read


OCTOBER 2 -- COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho Humanities Lecture


*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

Long-listed for the Frank O'Connor Short Story Prize and The Story Prize and Short-listed for 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


Story Collection
"So freakishly, fiendishly good it isn't fair." - Seattle Times
"A high-wire feat of bravura storytelling." NYT Book Review
"Brilliant--and brilliantly funny." -- Esquire
"A brilliant tour de force." Kirkus Reviews
"Immensely entertaining." Chicago Tribune
"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