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2014 Book Festival Author
Benjamin Percy

Benjamin Percy is the author of the novels Red Moon and The Wilding as well as the two short story collections Refresh, Refresh and The Language of Elk. His novel Red Moon, hailed as a "literary horror story," has a complex plot and vivid writing. The epic story focuses on werewolf-human interactions, acts of terrorism, and issues of identity and family--among other things. Red Moon was chosen as an Amazon Best Book of the Month, May, 2013, and received a starred review in Booklist. The L.A. Times review stated, "Percy's lead characters are engaging, and his underlying themes...are stunningly current." A number of reviewers have called the work an allegory for our post-9/11 world.

An accomplished writer, Percy has had his fiction and nonfiction read on National Public Radio, performed at Symphony Space, and published in such periodicals as Esquire, Time, Men's Journal, and The Paris Review. He has received honors and awards for his work, including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Whiting Writer's Award, two Pushcart Prizes, and the Plimpton Prize.

Percy is currently working on adapting Red Moon for a FOX TV series and writing the novel The Dead Lands. His is writer-in-residence at St. Olaf College and also teaches for Pacific University's low-residency MFA program.

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