Jess Walter


Jess Walter is the author of eight books. He's been a #1 New York Times bestseller, 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 work has been published in 30 languages and his short fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Harpers, McSweeney's, Esquire and elsewhere.

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


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




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


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UPCOMING EVENTS


AUGUST 27 -- SEATTLE, Seattle Public Library, with TV Reed, discussing Robert Cantwell

SEPTEMBER 25 -- BEND, OR., Author Author series

OCTOBER 2 -- COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho Humanities Lecture, Coeur d'Alene Resort

OCTOBER 16-17 -- MEMPHIS, Memphis Libration Library Fundraiser

OCTOBER 23 -- SEATTLE, Lit-Crawl

NOVEMBER 5 - DEPAUW UNIVERSITY, Indiana

NOVEMBER 7 - VONNEGUT LIBRARY, Indianapolis

DECEMBER 2 - ASPEN, COLO.

2015

JANUARY 8-11 SANTA FE, Institute of American Indian Art

JANUARY 17 -- ST. PETERSBURG, FLA Eckerd College Writers Conference

JANUARY 28 -- JACKSON HOLE, WYO , Page to the Podium

FEBRUARY 24 -- SPOKANE, Whitworth University visiting writer

MARCH 13 -- SEATTLE, Hugo House

MARCH 17-20 -- PENN STATE, Visiting Writer


*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

Books

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.
Novels
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
Nonfiction
"A stunning job of reporting." -- New York Times Book Review