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‘The Cold Millions’ With Jess Walter

Jess Walter and the cover of his book 'The Cold Millions'
Jess Walter

The Cold Millions is something of a hybrid text—fiction, yes, but also history. Combining imaginative storytelling with the lives of real, historical figures, Jess Walter has written a captivating story of Spokane, Washington, a place-based history of the region’s labor movements and of the free speech riots in the Pacific Northwest at the turn of the twentieth century.

About Jess Walter:

Jess Walter is the author of six novels, including the bestsellers Beautiful Ruins and The Financial Lives of the Poets, the National Book Award finalist The Zero, and Citizen Vince, the winner of the Edgar Award for best novel. His short fiction has appeared in Harper’s, McSweeney’s, and Playboy, as well as The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. He lives in his hometown of Spokane, Washington.

Jess recommends:

The Yellow House, by Sarah Broom (Grove Press)

True Grit, by Charles Portis (Harry N. Abrams)

Stoner, by John Williams (New York Review of Books)

Fallout: The Hiroshima Cover-up and the Reporter Who Revealed It to the World, by Leslie M.M. Blume (Simon & Schuster)

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson (Penguin Random House)

Lauren R. Korn holds an M.A. in poetry from the University of New Brunswick, where she was the recipient of the Tom Riesterer Memorial Prize and the Angela Ludan Levine Memorial Book Prize. A former bookseller and the former Director of the Montana Book Festival, she is now the host of Montana Public Radio’s literature-based radio program and podcast, ‘The Write Question.’