Two authors will be featured at WordFest from 6 to 8 p.m. April 10 at Cassava, 1333 Broadway in Longview.
Portland resident Tony Ardizzone will read from his prize-winning novel, “The Arab’s Ox,” which weaves three story lines set in the gleaming imperial cities of Morocco, the twisting medinas and the remote Saharan outposts, according to a press release.
The book received the Chicago Foundation for Literature Award for Fiction, a Pushcart Prize, the Lawrence Foundation Award in Fiction and the Milkweed National Fiction Prize.
Ardizzone is author of four other novels — “The Whale Chaser,” “In the Garden of Papa Santuzzu,” “Heart of the Order” and “In the Name of The Father.” His short story collections are “The Evening News” and “Taking It Home: Stories from the Neighborhood.”
Ardizzone received two Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts along with numerous other literary prizes including the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction.
WordFest regular Lilly Brock’s newest book is “Victory on the Home Front: While Her Husband Fought, She Built Planes ~ She Was a Rosie the Riveter.”
The focus of the book is on the strengths of the women who served at home, specifically Kelso resident Penny Dean Messinger. While interviewing Messinger for the book, Brock discovered Messinger’s husband was a Seabee. In her book, Brock includes both wartime experiences as the couple put their marriage on hold to serve their country, notes the press release.
Brock’s previous book, “Wooden Boats and Iron Men,” was about the men who fought during World War II. Brock also wrote a novel about a family in the 1850s who traveled by paddle wheel steamship from New York to the Pacific Northwest via South America. In addition, Brock wrote and published a book based on organic gardening called “Food Gifts Recipes from Nature’s Bounty.
An open mic period will be held after the presentations.
For details on WordFest, which meets the second Tuesday of each month, contact Alan Rose via his website, www.alan-rose.com.