A longtime friend of AW and frequent speaker, Tobias Wolff appeared most recently during the 2013 Winter Words series.


Tobias Wolff’s books include the memoir This Boy’s Life; the novel Old School; the short novel The Barracks Thief; and four collections of short stories including his most recent, Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories. He has also edited several anthologies, among them Best American Short Stories 1994, and The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories. His work is translated widely and has received numerous awards, including the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, both the PEN/Malamud and the Rea Award for Excellence in the Short Story, and the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is the Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Professor of English at Stanford.         

During the 2013 Winter Words season, he appeared on stage with bestselling novelist Kevin Powers for a talk exploring the tragedies and triumphs of war portrayed through fiction. Here are the highlights from that event: