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James Lee Burke

The New York Times Sunday Book Review recently interviewed Stephen King and asked the bestselling author what he intended to read next. “Wayfaring Stranger, by James Lee Burke,” King said. “He’s a gorgeous prose stylist. Nearly in his 80s now, I think, and as good as he ever was. Such a thing gives hope to those of us who are getting on in years.” Funny thing about Burke: He’s given hope to so many of his readers, in so many ways, over the years. For one, good tends to prevail over pure evil in his books. For another, Burke didn’t reach his current esteemed status without his novel The Lost Get-Back Boogie being rejected more than 100 times. Perhaps most importantly, he remains one of the most generous, good-hearted and engaged local celebrities, and that goes a long way in this town. James Lee Burkejamesleeburke.com

Finalists, Best Writer

2. Gwen Floriogwenflorio.net

3. Josh Wagnerjoshwagner.org


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