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Best-Selling Novelist to Read at Susquehanna University

March 24, 2009

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Novelist Sue Miller will read as part of The Writers Institute’s Visiting Writers Series at Susquehanna University on March 31 at 7:30 p.m. at Isaacs Auditorium in Seibert Hall. Miller’s appearance is the second annual reading sponsored by an endowment from Susquehanna alumna and Board of Trustees member Sue Yenchko.

Described in an interview on the Barnes & Noble Web site as “one of our most elegant and widely celebrated chroniclers of family life,” Miller is the author of several best-selling novels. Two of her books, “The Good Mother” and “Inventing the Abbots,” were made into feature films. In 2000, her novel “While I Was Gone” was selected by Oprah’s Book Club. Miller published her first book of nonfiction, “The Story of My Father,” in 2003.

The Washington Post, in a review of her 2005 novel, “Lost in the Forest,” called it “a shining affirmation that [Miller’s] power only continues to grow.” Throughout the course of her career, Miller has received many awards and fellowships, including the Kate Chopin Literary Award, Yaddo Fellowship, Henry Miller Award, Carl Sandburg Award, Guggenheim Fellowship and MacDowell Colony Fellowship.

“Sue Miller has insight into American culture, and she’s unafraid to take risks,” said Tom Bailey, professor of English and creative writing at Susquehanna, describing her writing as both “harrowing” and “unsettling.”

“‘The Good Mother’ is one of the very best novels of the late 20th century,” he said of Miller’s first novel, published in 1980.

Miller is the sixth of seven writers scheduled to read at Susquehanna this school year. The reading is free and open to the public, and audience members will have an opportunity following the reading to ask Miller questions. Books by Miller will be available for purchase and signing.

The Writers Institute will host its final reading for the academic year on April 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Isaacs Auditorium in Seibert Hall. The reading by Susquehanna alumna Catherine Pierce ’00 will coincide with the release of the 2009 issue of RiverCraft, the campus literary magazine.

Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study and service learning abroad, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 30 states and 12 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers.

Contact: Karen Jones

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