College of the Redwoods Hosting ‘Book of the Year’ Author Brando Skyhorse

This is a press release from the College of the Redwoods:

Brando Skyhorse’s debut novel, The Madonnas of Echo Park, received the 2011 PEN/Hemingway Award and the Sue Kaufman Award for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

On November 9, College of the Redwoods welcomes Book of the Year author Brando Skyhorse. Mr. Skyhorse will be reading from his work, answering questions, and signing books in the CR Performing Arts Theater. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the event begins at 7:00 pm. Copies of the book The Madonnas of Echo Park will be available for sale and signing at the event. The event is free and open to the public.

Skyhorse’s debut novel, The Madonnas of Echo Park (Simon & Schuster, 2010), received the 2011 PEN/Hemingway Award, and the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The book was also a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick. Take This Man: A Memoir (Simon & Schuster, 2014) was an Amazon Best Book of the Month selection and named by Kirkus Reviews as one the Best Nonfiction Books of the year. Skyhorse has also co-edited an anthology, We Wear The Mask: 15 Stories About Passing in America (Beacon Press, 2017). He has been awarded fellowships at Ucross Foundation and the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference. Skyhorse is an Associate Professor of English at Indiana University in Bloomington.

For more information about CR’s Book of the Year program, visit or call (707) 476-4370.


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