Jonathan Evison Announced as 2012 Keynote!

by admin Conference News. Posted on October 22, 2011.

Write on the River is thrilled to introduce acclaimed author Jonathan Evison as our 2012 Keynote speaker.  His novels have been both critical and commercial successes, garnering rave reviews, awards, and a devoted fan base.  He’s sure to kick-off our Conference in an inspiring and energetic fashion.  We can’t wait for what promises to be our best Conference yet…and Jonathan Evison is just the man to get it started right!

Jonathan Evison is an American writer best known for his debut novel All About Lulu published in 2008, which won critical acclaim, including the Washington State Book Award. In 2009, Evison was awarded a Richard Buckley Fellowship from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation. A second novel, West of Here, was released in February 2011 from Algonquin. Editor Chuck Adams (Water for Elephants, A Reliable Wife, An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers Homes in New England) has called West of Here the best novel he’s worked on in over four decades of publishing. It received a coveted starred review from Publishers Weekly and was an Best Book of the Month.

In his teens, Evison was the founding member and frontman of the Seattle punk band March of Crimes, which included future members of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden.

Born in San Jose, California, he now lives on an island in Western Washington.

Registration for our May 2012 Writing Conference in Wenatchee, WA will begin in January.  Stay tuned and follow us on Facebook for all the latest.  Click here to see some more of this year’s stellar presenters.