National Book Award finalist and NPR Fresh Air Novel of the Year winner Jess Walter opened the 2015 Winter Words season with a stirring talk and reading from his #1 New York Times bestseller, Beautiful Ruins. He returned to teach a juried fiction workshop at Aspen Summer Words 2017. Jess Walter is the author of eight books, including six novels, one nonfiction title and, most recently, the award-winning short story collection, We Live in Water. His 2012 novel, Beautiful Ruins, was a #1 New York Times bestseller, Esquire’s Book of the Year, and NPR Fresh Air’s Novel of the Year. He was a 2006 National Book Award finalist for the novel The Zero; also in 2006, he won the Edgar Allen Poe award for Citizen Vince. Walter’s work has been translated into 30 languages, and his essays and short fiction have appeared in Best American Short Stories, Harper’s, Esquire, Tin House, McSweeney’s and elsewhere. Walter is also a career journalist, whose work has appeared in The New York TimesThe Washington Post and The Boston Globe.

Aspen Public Radio interviewed Jess on First Draft, a program that highlights the voices of writers as they discuss their work, their craft and the literary arts.

“The smaller the space between your desire and what is right, the happier you will be.” 


Aspen Summer Words: Novelist Jess Walter
The Aspen Times, Andrew Travers, June 20, 2017

Winter Words series opens with ‘Beautiful Ruins’ author Jess Walter
Aspen Times, Andrew Travers, December 2, 2015