Novelist Jess Walter to Deliver Craft Lecture and Fiction Reading at UM

February 11, 2014

MISSOULA – The University of Montana Creative Writing Program will present a craft lecture titled “Thrilling, Death-Defying Adventures in Point of View” by novelist Jess Walter from 12:10 to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, in McGill Hall Room 210. Walter also will read fiction at 7 p.m. the same day in the Dell Brown Room of Turner Hall.

Walter is the author of eight books, including “Beautiful Ruins,” a New York Times No. 1 best-seller; “The Zero,” a finalist for the National Book Award; and “Citizen Vince,” winner of the Edgar Allen Poe Award. His 2013 collection of short stories, “We Live in Water,” was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor Story Prize.

His work has been translated into 25 languages and his essays, short fiction, criticism and articles have been published in Best American Short Stories, Best American Nonrequired Reading, Harper’s, Esquire and others.

The craft lecture and reading are free and open to the public. Walter’s visit is sponsored by the UM Creative Writing Program and the President’s Writers-in-Residence Series.

For more information call Creative Writing Program Coordinator Karin Schalm at 406-243-5267 or email



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Contact: Karin Schalm, coordinator, UM Creative Writing Program, 406-243-5267,