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May 21, 2013
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Richland, WA 99352

Lit Fest Three Days in May with Maureen McQuerry 7:00 PM

Tuesday, May 21

Columbia Basin College and the Richland Public Library present "Three Days in May" - a lecture series featuring three different authors on May 21, 22, and 23. Bill McKay (and guests) will be providing music prior to each reading.

Maureen McQuerry (May 21)

Maureen McQuerry is a novelist, poet and teacher. Her most recent novel for Young Adults, The Peculiars, has been named as a best of the year by YASLA/ALA, Bank Street and Westchester Awards. A starred review from Booklist says, McQuerry offers a brooding northwest setting touched by steampunk elements to tell a story that is in equal parts inventive fantasy, light romance, and thrilling adventure. With a backdrop as strong as its heroine, this one is a page-turner.  Starred Review Booklist Her next two novels are for middle grade readers.  Beyond the Door and The Telling Stone and will be published by Abrams/Amulet in 2014. Maureen began her writing career as a poet and has been published in many literary journals including Smartish Pace, Quidditty and The Southern Review. Her chapbook Relentless Light was the winner of the New Eden Chapbook award.  Maureen teaches at Columbia Basin College

Gwendolyn Cash James (May 22)

Gwendolyn Cash James is currently writing poetry and nonfiction.  She is a fifth-generation resident of Eastern Washington.  Her work has appeared in magazines and journals including Born, Ascent, Cutthroat, and Rattle, and she is a past recipient of a Grant for Artistic Projects from the Washington Artists Trust.  A chapbook of her poetry, Acts of Contrition, was chosen by Marvin Bell for inclusion in the New Poets:  Short Books series published by Lost Horse Press.  Her most recent work has been in collaboration with various musicians and artists.  She currently resides in Spokane, Washington, where she is a member of the English Department Faculty at Spokane Community College.

Jim Lynch (May 23)

Jim Lynch is the author of three acclaimed novels set in the Northwest. The Highest Tide won the 2006 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award and was an international bestseller.  Border Songs won the 2009 Washington State Book Award for fiction.  And New York Times reviewer Janet Maslin picked his most recent novel, Truth Like the Sun, as one of her 10 favorite books of 2012. It also is a finalist for the Dashiell Hammett Prize. As a newspaper reporter, Lynch's honors included the Livingston Young Journalist Award for national reporting. He lives in Olympia, Washington with his wife and daughter.

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