Jess Walter

Northwest Arts Review returns from a pre-election hiatus with a literary and visual arts focus. Chris Maccini talks with Spokane author Jess Walter about his new novel, The Cold Millions, and we’ll take a virtual trip to the Wallowa Valley to learn about the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in Joseph, OR. Dan Webster drops by for a film review, too, and we celebrate our return with some spirited music from the EWU Wind Ensemble, led by Patrick Winters.

Rajah Bose


Jess Walter's new novel, The Cold Millions is set in Spokane during the labor disputes of the early 20th century. Hailed by The Philadelphia Inquirer as "A Scorsese-esque period piece, populated by cops, drunks, variety girls, temperance ladies, job sharks, Pinkertons, and Wobblies” The novel follows two adventure seeking brothers, the wealthy enemies who threaten them, and the women who reveal to them an unjust world on the brink of upheaval.

Jess Walter lives in his hometown, Spokane, and he joined SPR's Chris Maccini to talk about the new novel.

Now in its seventh year, the Spokesman-Review Summer Stories is a special section in the Sunday Spokesman-Review newspaper featuring original short fiction by local authors on a common theme. This year’s theme is Mount Saint Helens, which erupted 40 years ago this year on May 18, 1980.

On Tonight's episode of The Bookshelf, we present two Summer Stories, "Hope" by Dan Gemeinhart and "What Rises Beneath" by Jess Walter

You can read the full Summer Stories series at www.spokesman.com/pages/summer-stories-2020

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.

A former National Book Award finalist and winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award, Jess Walter 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.

This episode features two Summer Stories: “Summer of Love” by Thom Caraway and “Magnificent Desolation” by Jess Walter.

Now in its sixth year, the Spokesman-Review's “Summer Stories" project publishes a series of short fiction pieces written by local authors, all centered around a particular theme. This year’s theme is “Summer of ’69,” marking the 50th anniversary of that momentous summer.

You can find each week’s Summer Story in the Sunday edition of the Spokesman-Review, or at Spokesman.com. And, coming up on August 14th, The Spokesman’s Northwest Passages Book Club is hosting a Summer Stories event at the Montvale Event Center 6 p.m. Details and ticket information at Spokesman.com.

On August 22nd The Inlander hosted a live Miller Cane wrap party at the Big Dipper in Spokane. The event was hosted by best-selling author Jess Walter. He joined Miller Cane Author Samuel Ligon on stage to talk about the process of writing a serial novel.

A note to listeners: this podcast episode includes some profanity and may not be suitable for all listeners.

Episode 2 features readings by Kate Lebo, Chris Howell, Sam Ligon, Nicole Sheets and Jess Walter. 

In three episodes of The Bookshelf Maccini brings one of Spokane's favorite events, Pie and Whiskey to the radio. In Pie and Whiskey Radio Maccini features poems,  stories and essays read by local authors selected from the new Pie and Whiskey book which will be released at a special Pie and Whiskey event in Spokane on October 26th, 2017.

Pie and Whiskey co-founder Samuel Ligon describes the event,