Jess Walter with Timothy Egan
From over the Cascades in Spokane - but this time without having to leave Spokane to be with us, novelist Jess Walter will regale readers by virtual means this evening, reading from and talking about his captivating new novel, The Cold Millions (Harper). For this, he’ll be joined in conversation by Spokane native son Timothy Egan, longtime newspaper scribe (Jess Walter has that in him, also), and award-winning author of numerous books, most recently A Pilgrimage to Eternity. Set early last century - a century many of us remember well - though this, even before then, The Cold Millions tells the story of two brothers caught up in the big economic and social changes taking place then.
“Superb…. a splendid postmodern rendition of the social realist novels of the 1930s by Henry Roth, John Steinbeck, and John Dos Passos, updated with strong female characters and executed with pristine prose. This could well be Walter’s best work yet.” -Publishers Weekly.
“The Cold Millions is a literary unicorn: a book about socio-economic disparity that’s also a page-turner, a postmodern experiment that reads like a potboiler, and a beautiful, lyric hymn to the power of social unrest in American history. It’s funny and harrowing, sweet and violent, innocent and experienced; it walks a dozen tightropes. Jess Walter is a national treasure.” -Anthony Doerr.
Presented by Elliott Bay Book Company.
Tickets ($35) include a copy of The Cold Millions to be shipped within the continental U.S.