Lit Fest reunion today

By the Herald editorial staff

The Mid-Columbia Literary Festival is bringing back two of the Inland Northwest's brightest writing talents tonight.

Award-winning authors Jess Walter of Spokane and Pete Fromm of Great Falls, Mont., will discuss their work at 7 p.m. at HUB Mainstage on the Columbia Basin College campus in Pasco.

Both writers have appeared at past LitFest events, and their return is a good turn for Tri-City book lovers.

Walter's latest novel, The Financial Lives of Poets, earned critical acclaim. "The funniest way-we-live-now book of the year," Time magazine raved.

He has published five novels and one nonfiction book, all to favorable reviews. The Zero, a novel exploring the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, was a finalist for the National Book Award.

Fromm's latest novel, As Cool As I Am, earned him an unprecedented fourth Pacific Northwest Booksellers Literary Award.

His novel How All This Started, a story collection, Dry Rain, and his memoir, Indian Creek Chronicles, also earned the prestigious award.

Indian Creek Chronicles, Fromm's account a winter alone in Idaho and Montana's Selway-Bitterroot wilderness, ought to be a staple in any collection of outdoor tales.

The memoir puts Fromm among the American West's most promising writers, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Tonight's LitFest event celebrates good books and this unique corner of America. Don't miss it.