Humanities Washington Presents Reading by Noted Authors

Daniel Orozco and Jess Walter Are Featured at Jan. 25 Event

By: Rosa Jimenez

Jess Walter and Daniel Orozco

Award-winning Northwest authors Daniel Orozco and Jess Walter will read selections from their works on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at Village Hall. The 7 p.m. event, sponsored and hosted by Humanities Washington, is free and open to the public.

In addition to recognition they have received in the Northwest, the two authors have received national accolades for their work.

Daniel Orozco is a former Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University. Orozco’s recent book, “Orientation,” received a Whiting Award in November. His work has appeared in the “Best American Essays,” “Best American Short Stories,” “Best American Mystery Stories,” and “Pushcart Prize” anthologies, as well as Harper’s Magazine, McSweeney’s, Zoetrope, StoryQuarterly and others. He currently teaches creative writing at the University of Idaho.

Jess Walter, author of five novels and one nonfiction book, has been a National Book Award finalist. His essays, short fiction, criticism and journalism have been widely published. His book “Citizen Vince,” received the Edgar Award for best American mystery novel in 2005. The “Financial Lives of the Poets” was named one of 2009’s best novels by Time, NPR’s Fresh Air, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Arizona Republic, The Oregonian, Kansas City Star, St. Louis Post-Dispatch,, The Believer’s Readers’ Poll, and New West.

Works of both authors appear in “Night Lights,” an anthology published by Humanities Washington. The book features the work from 21 top Northwest writers.

Humanities Washington is the state's flagship non-profit for promoting and providing programs based in the humanities. Since 1973, Humanities Washington has provided a rich array of programs, exhibits, and experiences to hundreds of thousands of people across the state.

As Washington State’s affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Humanities Washington supports and partners with a wide network of communities, organizations, and individuals offering a variety of programs and events, including a speaker’s bureau, school presentations, Smithsonian exhibits, grants to organizations, and other activities.

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