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Susquehanna’s Visiting Writers Series to Host Notable Author

Published on March 7, 2013

Renowned short story writer Bonnie Jo Campbell will give a free public reading on March 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Susquehanna University, in Seibert Hall’s Isaacs Auditorium.Bonnie Jo Campbell Campbell’s reading is part of the 2012–13 Visiting Writers Series, sponsored by Susquehanna’s Writers Institute.

Campbell is the author of several distinguished short story collections. Her collection “American Salvage” was a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award for fiction. In addition, her earlier collection, “Women and Other Animals,” won the Associated Writing Programs prize for short fiction. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed novel “Once Upon a River,” published by Norton in 2011.

“Bonnie Jo Campbell has one of the most original voices in recent American fiction writing,” said Gary Fincke, Charles B. Degenstein professor of English and Creative Writing and director of the Writers Institute at Susquehanna University. “She has staked out a territory—rural Michigan—and made the area not only a specific, vital place, but also a character.

“Her writing shows that it is possible to find beauty and redemption even in lives that are mostly miserable and stunted,” he added.

The Writers Institute at Susquehanna is home to the university’s nationally recognized writing program. Visiting writers not only offer free readings to the public, but also devote time to lunches, classroom discussion and informal question-and-answer sessions with Susquehanna’s creative writing students, providing a uniquely intimate opportunity for learning and connecting with successful authors.

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