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Whitworth Welcomes Spokane Author Jess Walter for a Virtual Conversation on “The Cold Millions”

March 30, 2021

The Whitworth History Department is pleased to offer An Evening with Jess Walter in which the award-winning Spokane author will talk about his latest book, The Cold Millions, on Tuesday, April 6, at 7 p.m.

Walter will read excerpts from the national bestseller and participate in an audience Q&A facilitated by Professor of History Dale Soden. This online event is open to the public. 

Released last October, The Cold Millions traces the adventures of two vagabond brothers and is set against the backdrop of the free speech demonstrations in 1909 and 1910 that erupted in Spokane, pitting police and city officials against transient timber, construction and agricultural workers.

USA Today critics praised the novel, writing: “Walter is a Spokane native and he captures both the depth and breadth of this moment in his hometown’s history. The Cold Millions gives us the grand tour, with a bounty of crime and intrigue and adventure anchored by an unforgettable ensemble cast.” The Washington Post calls it “a work of irresistible characters, harrowing adventures and rip-roaring fun… one of the most captivating novels of the year.”

Walter is the author of nine books, including the No. 1 New York Times bestseller Beautiful Ruins. He also wrote The Zero, finalist for the National Book Award, and Citizen Vince, winner of the Edgar Award. His work has been published in 32 languages, and his short fiction has appeared three times in Best American Short Stories.

For more information and to register for this Zoom discussion, click here

About Whitworth University:

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of more than 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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