Gwen Florio - August 5, 2017
Award-winning journalist Gwen Florio has covered stories ranging from the shooting at Columbine High School and the Oklahoma City bombing trials, to the glitz of the Miss America pageant and the more practical Miss Navajo contest, whose participants slaughter and cook a sheep. She’s reported from Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia, as well as Lost Springs, Wyoming (population three). Her journalism has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and her short fiction for the Pushcart Prize. She turned to fiction in 2013 with the publication of her first novel, Montana, which won the Pinckley Prize for Debut Crime Fiction and a High Plains Book Award. Reservations (March 2017) is the fourth novel in the Lola Wicks series, termed “gutsy” by the New York Times. A fifth is scheduled for 2018, as is a stand-alone novel set in Afghanistan.