JANUARY 22, 2022


Jess Walter

Past Sojourn author Jess Walter returns to Steamboat Springs with his new novel, The Cold Millions, to be our Winter Sojourn Master of Ceremonies. A National Book Award finalist for…

Maaza Mengiste

Maaza Mengiste is the author of The Shadow King, which was shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize, and named a best book of the year by the New York Times, NPR, Elle, Time and more…

Vendela Vida

Vendela Vida is the award-winning author of six books, including Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name and The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty. Her new, bestselling novel, We Run the Tides, is…

Mary Roach

Mary Roach is the author of five New York Times bestselling works of nonfiction, most recently Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War. Her much-anticipated new book…

Festival of Authors


Winter Sojourn is a special edition of Literary Sojourn. Omicron has forced Winter Sojourn to transition to a virtual event. Everyone is invited to join us for a FREE live streaming pop-up celebration of authors and readers designed to reunite book lovers despite another pandemic pause. In the spirit of our Sojourn mothership event, Winter Sojourn features presentations by four internationally acclaimed authors who will individually talk about their inspiration for the stories and characters in their published works. Following each presentation, there will be time for audience Q&A, just like our live events.


Literary Sojourn is a nonprofit author and reader festival presented by the Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Founded in 1993 with a mission to bring noteworthy authors to our mountain community and promote and inspire the reading of exceptional literature, Literary Sojourn is the oldest and most anticipated literary festival in the Rocky Mountains. Literary Sojourn traditionally convenes in the fall.


The Program

Saturday, January 22, 2022  

1:30–2:10 pm  |  Jess Walter, Master of Ceremonies
2:10–2:45 pm | Vendela Vida
2:45–3:00 pm  |  Intermission
3:00–3:35 pm  |  Maaza Mengiste
3:35–4:10 pm |  Mary Roach



Winter Sojourn has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom. Funding has been provided to Bud Werner Memorial Library by Colorado Humanities from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or Colorado Humanities.