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Fall Literary Festival

William Powers

Tuesday, October 18, 6 p.m.

William Powers is an environmental activist and author of several books, including New Slow City: Living Simply in the World’s Fastest City (2014), Twelve by Twelve: A One-Room Cabin off the Grid and Beyond the American Dream (2010), and Whispering in the Giant’s Ear (2006), a powerful account of living in Bolivia during a time of crisis and change. He has worked for two decades in development aid and conservation in Latin America, Africa, and North America. His essays and commentaries on global issues have appeared in The New York Times and on National Public Radio’s Fresh Air. He has worked at the World Bank and holds international relations degrees from Brown and Georgetown universities. He is a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute and an adjunct faculty member at New York University.

Photo:  Courtesy of the author

Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Tuesday, October 25, 6 p.m. 


Benjamin Alire Sáenz is a poet, novelist, and writer of young adult and children’s books. His first collection of poetry, Calendar of Dust (1991), won an American Book Award and his critically acclaimed first novel, Carry Me Like Water (1995) won several awards, including a Southwest Book Award and a Latino Literary Award for Best Novel. His collection of short stories, Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club (2013), won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. He has also published four bilingual children’s books, including A Perfect Season for Dreaming (2008), a winner of the Paterson Book Prize. His first young adult novel, Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood, won the Americas Book Award, the Paterson Prize, and the JHunt Award. Sáenz teaches creative writing as a faculty member at the University of Texas at El Paso.

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Karen Joy Fowler

Tuesday, November 1, 6 p.m.

Karen Joy Fowler is an American author of science fiction, fantasy, and literary fiction. Her work often centers on the nineteenth century, the lives of women, and alienation. She has written three short story collections and six novels. Her debut novel, Sarah Canary, won the California Commonwealth Club Literature Medal for best first novel and was a New York Times Notable Book, as was her second novel, The Sweetheart Season. The Jane Austen Book Club (2004) spent thirteen weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list, was a New York Times Notable Book, and was made into a movie in 2007. Fowler’s short story collections -- Black Glass (1999) and What I Didn’t See (2011) – won World Fantasy Awards. Her novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (2014) won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

Photo: Brett Hall Jones



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