October 5, 2013. 11am-5pm
Off The Beaten Path is Proud to be The Official Bookseller for Literary Sojourn
Literary Sojourn is an annual festival of authors and readers celebrating the power of the book. Each fall, an esteemed slate of authors and 500 book lovers from all over the country gather in Steamboat Springs, Colorado at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. Together they revel in the written word, fueled by award-winning writers who share the stories and inspiration behind their exceptional books.
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Why buy Literary Sojourn from Off the Beaten Path?
- A portion of the proceeds from all sales of current Literary Sojourn authors’ books are donated to this non-profit event.
- Book sales through the Literary Sojourn official bookseller are an important factor in a publisher’s decision to support an author’s participation at the Sojourn.
- Your purchase from Off the Beaten Path ensures that Literary Sojourn will continue to thrive with the brilliant authors and compelling reads you’ve come to expect.
Memoirist Augusten Burroughs is the New York Times bestselling author of Running with Scissors, Dry, A Wolf at the Table, Possible Side Effects, Magical Thinking, You Better Not Cry and This is How. He is also the author of the novel Sellevision, a story he wrote in a mere seven days over the course of sobering up. Running with Scissors, a tragicomic story of Burroughs’ childhood, was released to virtually unanimous critical acclaim and became a publishing phenomenon that has been cited for igniting memoir fever in America and abroad. Running with Scissors was adapted into a film starring Alec Baldwin, Jill Clayburgh and Gwyneth Paltrow. Burrough’s writing has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers around the world including The New York Times and New York Magazine. Entertainment Weekly has twice named him one of “The 25 Funniest People in America.”
With stirring storytelling and memorable, empathetic characters, Emma Donoghue stunned the world with her critically acclaimed international bestseller Room, which was a New York Times Best Book of 2010 and a finalist for the Man Booker, Commonwealth, and Orange Prizes. The New Yorker called Room “an astounding, terrifying novel…a testament to Donoghue’s imagination and empathy that she is able to fashion radiance from such horror.” In her new collection of 14 short stories, Astray, Donoghue, an Irish expat herself, introduces her readers to wandering individuals inspired by historical people in fact-inspired stories about travels to, from and within North America. “Time and again, Emma Donoghue writes books that are unlike anything I have ever seen before, and Astray is no exception. There is such a deep and compassionate imagination at work in every story in this collection that Astray feels almost like an act of clairvoyance,” says Ann Patchett. The author of 15 books, Donoghue shifts genres from literary history, biography, and stage and radio plays, to fairy tales and short stories. In addition to Room, her novels include Slammerkin, The Sealed Letter, Landing, and Life Mask.
New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Haigh won the PEN/Hemingway Award for her novel Mrs. Kimble and the PEN/Winship Award for her novel Baker Towers. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she is the author of four critically acclaimed novels that also include Faith and The Condition, and a new collection of ten interconnected short stories, News From Heaven, which return to her vividly imagined world of Bakerton, Pennsylvania, a coal mining town rocked by decades of painful transition. “Jennifer Haigh’s stories rove across time and cultures as easily as they render the tendernesses and longings and hardscrabble deprivations of home. News From Heaven is well-named, given that its unsentimental compassion and observational acuity — as well as its quiet insistence that the personal is the political — is just what we need right now,” says author Jim Shepard. “This is a masterly collection,” says Library Journal in its starred review. Haigh’s short fiction has been published widely, in The Atlantic, Granta, The Best American Short Stories 2012, and many other publications.
Ron Rash has been called the “Bard of Appalachia.” The North Carolina native is the author of the critically acclaimed novel The Cove and the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Finalist and New York Times bestselling novel, Serena, in addition to three other prize-winning novels, One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River and The World Made Straight. He has published three collections of poems and four collections of stories, including his newest book, Nothing Gold Can Stay, Burning Bright, which won the 2010 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and Chemistry and Other Stories, which was a finalist for the 2007 PEN/Faulkner Award. The New York Times called Serena a “fierce, breathtaking book, one of the greatest American novels in recent memory.” Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo says, “Ron Rash is a writer of both the darkly beautiful and the sadly true…The Cove, solidifies his reputation as one of our very finest novelists.” Twice the recipient of the O. Henry Prize, Rash is the Parris Distinguished Professor in Appalachian Cultural Studies at Western Carolina University.
A National Book Award finalist for Citizen Vince and winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for The Zero, Jess Walter is the author of six novels, one nonfiction book and a collection of short stories. Last year’s Beautiful Ruins was a New York Times bestseller that NPR’s Fresh Air called “a literary miracle.” The Financial Lives of the Poets ranked in 2009 as Time Magazine's No. 2 novel of the year, a book that Esquire called, "Brilliant – and brilliantly funny." Kirkus Reviews starred his new short story collection, We Live in Water, proclaiming it “a witty and sobering snapshot of recession-era America." Walter’s work has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Best American Nonrequired Reading, Harper's, Esquire, McSweeney's, Byliner, Playboy, ESPN the Magazine, Details and other publications. Walter lives with his wife and three children in his childhood home of Spokane, Washington.
Andre Dubus III
Master of Ceremonies
New York Times bestselling author Andre Dubus III returns to Literary Sojourn as Master of Ceremonies. Dubus is the author of five books, The Cage Keeper and Other Stories, Bluesman, House of Sand and Fog, The Garden of Last Days, and his critically acclaimed memoir, Townie, which was a New York Times "Editors Choice." Published in 2011, Townie tells his story of growing up with three siblings and their exhausted working mother after the departure of his father, the late short story master, Andre Dubus, in a depressed Massachusetts mill town saturated with drugs and crime. Richard Russo says, “I've never read a better or more serious meditation on violence, its sources, consequences, and, especially, its terrifying pleasures than Townie." Dubus has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Pushcart Prize, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and is a 2012 recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. He lives in northeastern Massachusetts with his wife, Fontaine, a modern dancer, and their three children.
See you at the Sojourn!