Bob Shacochis is one of America’s most provocative and accomplished writers. His story collection Easy in the Islands won the National Book Award, and his novel Swimming in the Volcano was a National Book Award finalist. His most recent work, The Woman Who Lost Her Soul, was the winner of the Dayton International Literary Peace Prize and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. He lives in Florida and New Mexico, and teaches at Florida State University. Mr. Shacochis will be appearing with the musician David Broza at a special Thursday night pre-festival event.