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Award-Winning Author to Read at Susquehanna University

March 16, 2010

SELINSGROVE—Author Bernard Cooper will read from his work as part of the Visiting Writers Series at Susquehanna University. The reading will be held March 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Isaacs Auditorium in Seibert Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Cooper’s work includes three collections of memoirs: “The Bill From My Father: A Memoir” (Simon & Schuster, 2007), “Maps to Anywhere” (University of Georgia Press, 1997) and “Truth Serum” (Mariner Books, 1997). In addition, he is the author of a novel, “A Year of Rhymes” (Penguin, 1994), and a collection of short stories, “Guess Again” (Simon & Schuster, 2006). His work has appeared in such publications as Story, Ploughshares, Harper’s, The Paris Review and The New York Times Magazine.

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner has said, “Reading Cooper is like reading Chekhov; he’s really that good.”

Publisher’s Weekly also praised his work, saying, “Cooper’s love for his characters is evident in their self-deprecating humor and the poetic imagery of his writing.”

Cooper has received numerous awards and prizes, among them the PEN/Ernest Hemingway Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an O. Henry Prize and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His work has been included in five volumes of “The Best American Essays” and in anthologies such as “The Oxford Book of Literature on Aging” and the Library of America’s “Writing Los Angeles.”

Born in Hollywood, Calif., Cooper attended the California Institute of the Arts, where he received a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1979. For many years, he was the art critic for Los Angeles Magazine. He has taught at Antioch University in Los Angeles and at the UCLA Writer’s Program, and is currently a core faculty member in the MFA Writing Program at Bennington College in Vermont.

Cooper is the fifth of six writers scheduled to read at Susquehanna during the 2009–10 school year as part of the Visiting Writers Series, sponsored by the Writers Institute. Books by Cooper will be available for purchase and signing following the reading. The next reading will be given by Jay Varner, a former editor of the national magazine Ecotone and author of the memoir “Nothing Left to Burn,” which will be published by Algonquin later this year. It will take place April 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Seibert Hall’s Isaacs Auditorium.

For more information about programs sponsored by the Writers Institute and upcoming events, please visit www.susqu.edu/writers .

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 away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 36 states and 13 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 Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers. For more information, visit www.susqu.edu.


Karen M.  Jones

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