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

Molly Gloss and her horse, Koko

Romancing the West: Rethinking and Rewriting the Greak American Mythos

Molly Gloss, author of numerous best-selling and prize-winning novels, including “The Jump-Off Creek”, “Wild Life”, and “Falling Off Horses”, comes to Saint Martin's as our third annual Les Bailey Writers Series speaker. Gloss will join English classrooms and meet with students to discuss the craft of writing and to answer questions. In her presentation that evening, “Romancing the West: Rethinking and Rewriting the Greak American Mythos”, Gloss will discuss her longtime passion with Western literature and history. The event, which is open to the public, will be followed by a book-signing and opportunity to purchase her books.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
7 p.m.
Norman Worthington Conference Center

Past lectures

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.

Photo of Brian Doyle

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.