Jane Smiley is an award-winning novelist and essayist. Her novel A Thousand Acres won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1992, and her novel The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton won the 1999 Spur Award for Best Novel of the West. She has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1987. Her novel Horse Heaven was short-listed for the Orange Prize in 2002, and her novel Some Luck was longlisted for the 2014 National Book Award. She has written for numerous magazines and newspapers, including the New Yorker, the New York Times, Harper’s, and the Nation. Her most recent novel is A Dangerous Business, a historical mystery set in California during the Gold Rush. In 2023, she will also publish The Questions that Matter Most: Reading, Writing, and the Exercise of Freedom, her first nonfiction work on writing since 2005’s bestselling Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel. She lives in Carmel Valley.
2023 Festival eventsSpeaker - Alta Live: Author Jane Smiley
Speaker - A Life in Books
Speaker - Historical Fiction: The American West