Steamboat’s 2016 Literary Sojourn author lineup finalized
April 13, 2016
Steamboat Springs — Steamboat's 2016 Literary Sojourn details were finalized last week, and two renowned authors have been added.
The Sept. 17 event, presented by the Bud Werner Memorial Library, has added renowned authors Ethan Canin and Jessie Burton to the lineup, completing the full roster of authors that includes Patrick deWitt, Lauren Groff, Anthory Marra and Jess Walter, the master of ceremonies.
Literary Sojourn, founded in 1993, is a nonprofit author-and-reader festival featuring five nationally and internationally recognized authors with one master of ceremonies who each talk about inspiration for stories and characters. The event is held at Sheraton Steamboat Resort and Conference Center.
"Once again, this year is absolutely astounding with the caliber of authors we have," said Chris Painter, director of Bud Werner Memorial Library. "I feel in awe of all of them in terms of their writing and their reception in the literary world. These authors are some of the top writers within that world today."
According to Burton's bio, in 2014, she published her first novel, "The Miniaturist," which went on to sell more than a million copies and was listed on the Sunday Times Best Seller List for three months. "The Miniaturist" is a New York Times bestseller and has been published in 36 languages. It also was long-listed for the International Dublin Literary Award, the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction and the Desmond Elliott Prize, among numerous other awards and citations.
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Burton also has written essays and short stories for the Wall Street Journal, The Independent, Vogue, Elle and Harpers Bazaar U.S. Her next novel, "The Muse," is scheduled to arrive in bookstores in late July.
"She is an exceptional historical fiction writer and is a marvelous storyteller," Painter said. "I think readers will just fall into her book, because she is so good at creating tension, you will want to keep reading to find out what happens. There's a really strong sense of mystery or suspense in her books."
A highly regarded novelist and short story writer, Canin's works include "Emperor of the Air," "The Palace Thief," "Carry Me Across the Water" and "America America."
According to his bio, his short stories have been the basis for four Hollywood movies, including "The Emperor's Club," "Beautiful Ohio," "The Year of Getting to Know Us," and "Blue River." His work also has appeared in a number of magazines, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, The Paris Review" and Granta.
Canin is an English professor at his alma mater, the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he has taught for more than two decades. Another of this year's featured authors, Anthony Marra, is a former student of Canin's.
"Ethan has a huge body of work, and his newest novel, 'A Doubter's Almanac,' is extremely well done and well written," Painter said. "We were thrilled when he said he would love to come to Steamboat, and we are very excited about the opportunity to meet him, and I think our readers will thoroughly be in awe of his writing."
Painter said she recommends viewing the complete reading list at literarysojourn.org to get acquainted with each of authors work.
Tickets for the 2016 Literary Sojourn are $75 and will go on sale at 9 a.m. July 13.