Authors Ben Fountain and Jess Walter
Fountain’s “Brief Encounter with Che Guevara” (Ecco, 2006) was awarded both the prestigious Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for a distinguished first book of fiction and the Whiting Writers Award for emerging writers. His newest book, “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” has received high praise and been featured on National Public Radio. Walter, of Spokane, has penned essays, short fiction, criticism, and journalism in publications including Harper’s, Esquire, and ESPN the Magazine. His book of fiction “Citizen Vince” (Harper Perennial, 2005) won the 2005 Edgar Allan Poe Award for best novel and his “The Zero” (Harper Perennial, 2006) was a finalist for the National Book Award. His book, “The Financial Lives of the Poets” (Harper Perennial, 2009), was named Time Magazine’s No. 2 novel of the year. “Beautiful Ruins,” his most recent novel, garnered critical attention this last summer. Jess’s forthcoming book, “We Livein Water,” will be available at the reading; the publisher is sending some copies ahead of publication date. Part of the Gonzaga University Visiting Writers Series. Free and open to the public. Fountain and Walter will participate in a question-and-answer session before the reading at 2 p.m. in the Foley Center Library’s Teleconference Room.