Another day, another reminder of Spokane's status as a booming literary destination...
This evening in a ceremony in New York City, Shawn Vestal, who spends his day job writing those damn good editorials for the Spokesman Review
, was named the winner of the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize
for his debut short story collection Godforsaken Idaho.
The judges for the award said that Vestal's stories "dare to charge into the well-trodden arena of the hapless male and make that subject fresh again.”
With the award, Vestal takes home a purse of $25,000 and the knowledge that, at least for today, Jess Walter is not Spokane's most famous author.