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The Bookshelf: Interview with Spokane author Jess Walter

Spokane Public Radio

Nancy Roth and Verne Windham interview Jess Walter about his book of short stories, We Live in Water. 

Jess Walter, a former National Book Award finalist and winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award, is the author of six novels, one book of short stories and one nonfiction book. His work has been translated into 32 languages, and his fiction has been selected three times for Best American Short Stories as well as the Pushcart Prize and Best American Nonrequired Reading.

His short story collection We Live in Water won Jess one of his two Pacific Northwest Booksellers Awards and was longlisted for the Story Prize and the Frank O'Connor Short Story Award. 

Verne Windham got his start at Spokane Public Radio 20 years ago. “I came in to complain and they hired me.” He’s now the Program Director, as well as the host of Morning Classical and Concert of the Week. When choosing music for Morning Classical, Verne likes to keep the agenda as broadly defined as possible. For Concert of the Week, he focuses on the best of recent local performances, mostly classical in nature. For many years, Verne was also the conductor of the Spokane Youth Orchestra. He enjoys gardening, his vintage car and playing French horn.
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