My guest today is the author of Scattered Lights, a collection of short stories that was a finalist for the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award in Fiction. He also has written three historical novels: The Language of Trees, This Old World, and Slant of Light. The fourth novel in that series will be coming out in 2023. My guest grew up in the Missouri Ozarks, where most of his fiction is set, and worked there as a newspaper reporter before entering the field of higher education. He taught journalism, English, and communication for a number of colleges and universities during his career, but is now retired from teaching and writes full-time. The son of a rural librarian, he was most proud this year when he received the Missouri Author Award from the Missouri Library Association. Welcome to Authors Over 50, Steve Wiegenstein.