The Village Voice calls Jim Shepard a "pointillist master of middle-American disaffection, second-shoe-dropping comic rhythm, pop-cult radiation, and the deceivingly unsimple art of inarticulation." A 2011 featured Literary Sojourn author, Shepard is the author of seven novels and four story collections who returns to Steamboat Springs with his newest book, The Book of Aron (due out in May), a novel about the Holocaust and the children caught up in it. Fellow author John Irving says, "A fictional, first-person narrative from the point of view of a Jewish child in Warsaw?is very brave?and may not be what many readers are expecting from a novelist and short-story writer whose ironic touch is often comedic. But Jim Shepard has written a Holocaust novel that stands with the most powerful writing on that terrible subject." Library Journal calls it "indispensable reading." Shepard's story collection, Like You'd Understand, Anyway, was a finalist for the National Book Award and won The Story Prize. His short fiction has appeared in, Harper's, McSweeney's, The Paris Review, New Yorker, Granta and Playboy, among others. Four of his stories have been chosen for the Best American Short Stories.