Presented by the Saint Martin's University English Program, the Les Bailey Writers Series brings writers and authors of note to campus to read and discuss their books. It was named in honor of Leslie G. Bailey, Ph.D., a gifted and inspiring English professor at Saint Martin's who was beloved for sharing his great passion for the written word with students. Bailey taught at Saint Martin's from 1975 until his death in 2010.

Upcoming lecture

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Call of the Wild: How Western Washington's Natural Wonderland Inspires My Writing

The Les Bailey Writers Series returns for its fourth installment at Saint Martin’s University on Oct. 4, with a presentation from internationally-acclaimed novelist Jim Lynch, who will read from his work and provide commentary on his writings. The event is free and the public is invited to attend. The Seattle Times has said Jim Lynch “observes like a journalist and writes like a poet.” He is the author of four novels set in Western Washington with his latest creation, “Before the Wind,” released last year. The New York Times reviewer Janet Maslin picked his novel “Truth Like the Sun” as one of her 10 favorite books of 2012. That novel was also a finalist for the Dashiell Hammett Prize, given to the best literary crime fiction in North America. Lynch’s first novel “The Highest Tide” (2005) won the Pacific Northwest Bookseller Award, was performed on stage in Seattle, and became an international bestseller after it was featured on England’s “Richard and Judy” television show. His second novel, “Border Songs” (2009), was also adapted to the stage and won the Washington State Book Award as well as the Indies Choice Honor Book Award.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
7 p.m.
Norman Worthington Conference Center

Past lectures

Molly Gloss and her horse, Koko

Molly Gloss

Molly Gloss, author of numerous best-selling and prize-winning novels, including “The Jump-Off Creek”, “Wild Life”, and “Falling Off Horses”, came to Saint Martin's as our third annual Les Bailey Writers Series speaker. In her presentation that evening, “Romancing the West: Rethinking and Rewriting the Greak American Mythos”, Gloss discussed her longtime passion with Western literature and history.

Jess Walter

Jess Walter

Award-winning author Jess Walter, a native son of Spokane whose 2012 novel, "Beautiful Ruins," spent more than a year on The New York Times Best Sellers List, shared his craft and body of work at the second annual Les Bailey Writers Series. Walter has authored eight books and his short story, "Mr. Voice," has been selected for Best American Short Stories 2015. We had the privilege of hosting him Wednesday, September 30, 2015.

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Brian Doyle

Acclaimed author Brian Doyle, whose 14 books of nonfiction, essays, poems and stories provoke deep thought, as well as laughter, was the inaugural author for the Les Bailey Writers Series on October 8, 2014, in the Norman Worthington Conference Center.