3 of 5 Literary Sojourn authors announced for 2018
December 28, 2017
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Bud Werner Memorial Library has confirmed three out of five featured authors for the 2018 Literary Sojourn.
They are Alice McDermott, Claire Messud and Tayari Jones, with additional author announcements to made in the upcoming months.
"Sojourn fans far and wide are surely cheering for these astounding authors," said Jennie Lay, adult programs coordinator for the Bud Werner Memorial Library. "We are over the moon about featuring these three women in our lineup. And this is just the beginning."
The fall event, which reveals the process behind the prose and celebrates award-winning authors, will take place Sept. 8, 2018, at the Strings Music Pavilion. Tickets, which usually sell out within an hour of going on sale, will be available in June.
McDermott published her eighth novel, "The Ninth Hour," in September. Her seventh novel, "Someone," was a 2013 New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the Dublin IMPAC Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Patterson Prize for Fiction and The Dayton Literary Peace Prize. "Someone" was long-listed for the National Book Award, and three of her previous novels, "After This," "At Weddings" and "Wakes and That Night," were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize.
Jones is known for her newest thought-provoking novel, "An American Marriage," with an unforgettable story and characters. According to her bio, Jones' last novel, "Silver Sparrow," was a No. 1 Indie Next Pick, was named an NEA Big Read and was chosen as a Best Book by O, The Oprah Magazine, Library Journal, Slate and Salon. Jones' previous novels also include "Leaving Atlanta" and "The Untelling."
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Messud is the author of five previous works of fiction including her most recent novel, "The Woman Upstairs." According to her bio, Messud is a recipient of Guggenheim and Radcliffe fellowships and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Messud's first novel, "When the World Was Steady," and her book of novellas, "The Hunters," were finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Her second novel, "The Last Life," was a Publishers Weekly "Best Book of the Year."
"Rest assured that there are more mind-blowing author announcements to come after the new year," Lay said. "We’ll have a full slate of five featured authors as usual, plus a sixth enticing author as master of ceremonies."