Leif EngerKathleen Waller
2019 Author & 2021 Moderator
Leif Enger is the author of Peace Like a River, which won the Booksense Award for Fiction and was named one of the Year’s Best Books by Time Magazine and the Los Angeles Times; So Brave, Young, and Handsome, a Midwest Booksellers’ Choice Award Honor Book for Fiction; and Virgil Wander, an Amazon, Library Journal, Bookpage, and Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year, and a finalist for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Virgil Wander is a midwestern twist on magical realism, about a town – and its inhabitants – struggling for a new lease on life, “. . . a lush crowd-pleaser about meaning and second chances and magic . . . just the kind of book and protagonist we’re all searching for.” – The New York Times Book Review.