Tonight's LitFest event is a big one, with a prolific and popular author taking questions on the HUB Main Stage at Columbia Basin College.
Bret Lott is the writer, and quite a writer he is.
His latest novel, out of 12 published so far, is Ancient Highway, a kind of spiritual history of the West, especially California, told through three generations of one family.
The publisher, Random House, says Ancient Highway is inspired by Lott's family history: "Bret Lott beautifully renders the lives of ordinary people with extraordinary faith in a mesmerizing and finely wrought tale of love and letting go.
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"From the best-selling author of Jewel and The Difference Between Women and Men comes a haunting novel of home, family and the pursuit of lost dreams. Ancient Highway brilliantly weaves together the hopes and regrets of three characters from three generations as they reconcile who they are and who they might have been."
Lott received his MFA in fiction from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1984, studying under Jay Neugeboren and James Baldwin.
He now teaches English at The College of Charleston, was editor and director of The Southern Review at Louisiana State University and is a member of the National Council on the Arts. He serves as nonfiction editor of Crazyhorse Literary Journal.
Lott is the final author-presenter for this year's Mid-Columbia Literary Festival.
His appearance is scheduled for 7 p.m. on the HUB Main Stage. Admission is free and open to all.
If you haven't tried LitFest yet, you're missing out on a good thing.