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Washington State Book Award (WSBA): Jess Walter
Winner of the 2021 WSBA for Fiction, “The Cold Millions” is an intimate story of brotherhood, love, sacrifice, and betrayal set against the panoramic backdrop of an early twentieth-century America that eerily echoes our own time.
Jess Walter will be interviewed by librarian and former WSBA Judge Sheri Boggs.

Jess Walter is the author of nine books, most recently the national bestseller "The Cold Millions" and #1 New York Times bestseller, "Beautiful Ruins;" "The Zero," finalist for the National Book Award; and "Citizen Vince," winner of the Edgar Award. His work has been published in 32 languages and his short fiction has appeared three times in Best American Short Stories.

This event is presented by the Washington Center for the Book (a partnership of The Seattle Public Library and the Washington State Library) and the Washington Library Association. The event is free and will be presented on Zoom. Registration is required to receive the event link. The event will be recorded and can be accessed on SPL's YouTube channel.

ABOUT THE BOOK:
“The Cold Millions” offers a kaleidoscopic portrait of a nation grappling with the chasm between rich and poor, between harsh realities and simple dreams.

"A work of irresistible characters, harrowing adventures and rip-roaring fun ... ONE OF THE MOST CAPTIVATING NOVELS OF THE YEAR." - Ron Charles, The Washington Post

"MASTERLY ... Shifting perspectives and sharp plot twists contribute to the richness of the story, bringing a tumultuous time in American history to life." - The New Yorker

"Swelling with empathy … perfectly timed ... I haven't encountered a more satisfying and moving novel about the struggle for workers' rights in America." - Anita Felicelli, San Francisco Chronicle

"Like all Jess Walter novels, ‘The Cold Millions’ will break your heart and make you hopeful at the same time." - Mary Ann Gwinn, Seattle Times

We are grateful to the Amazon Literary Partnership for their generous support of the WSBA.

Jan 19, 2022 06:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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