Paulette Jiles is a novelist, poet and memoirist. Her new novel, News of the World, was a 2016 National Book Award Finalist and a New York Times bestseller. Author Charles Frazier calls the post-Civil War epic that follows Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd as he travels through north Texas giving live readings of the world’s newspapers, “a powerful, richly-realized journey… Captain Kidd belongs in the pantheon of great Western characters along with True Grit’s Rooster Cogburn and Lonesome Dove’s Gus and Call.” Author Tracy Chevalier calls it “a stunning story that tore at my heart and my gut. The relationship at its core between a grizzled old man and a lost young girl digs deep into what it means to care about someone and to find your place in the world.” Jiles is the author of the novels Enemy Women, Stormy Weather, The Color of Lightning and Lighthouse Island. The New York Times hails Lighthouse Island, a dystopian tale set in a permanently drought-stricken world with no maps or borders, for its “inventive futurism and rollicking wit.” Jiles won Canada’s highest award for poetry, The Governor General’s Award.