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Novelists Mary McGarry Morris and Andre Dubus III to Read, Discuss Writing April 8, 9

April 05, 2010

Barbara LeBlanc
(603) 641-7241
bleblanc@anselm.edu

Mary McGarry MorrisMary McGarry Morris and Andre Dubus III, two of the country's leading writers of fiction, will offer readings and observations about the craft of writing during separate events at Saint Anselm College this month.

Morris will appear Thursday, April 8, courtesy of a grant from the Norwin S. and Elizabeth N. Bean Foundation. Dubus will speak Friday, April 9. Both events will occur at 7 p.m. in the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm. The talks are free and open to the public.

"We have paired two New England writers, who have universal relevance and are both National Book Award winners or finalists, to provide Southern New Hampshire the opportunity to experience a weekend of high level literary readings," said Ed Gleason, professor of English, who is helping to organize four days of literary events at the college.

Morris is the author of seven novels, including A Dangerous Woman, Vanished, Fiona Range, and her most recent, The Last Secret. Among her numerous recognitions are the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction finalist (1989), National Book Award finalist (1988), Time Magazine Best Books of 1991 and Oprah Book Club Selection (1997) for Songs in Ordinary Time, which The Miami Herald praised as "gritty, beautifully crafted." Morris has also published numerous short stories and has written a play about the insanity trial of Mary Todd Lincoln.

Dubus is a popular young novelist whose work includes Bluesman (1993) and a collection of short fiction, The Cage Keeper and Other Stories. He is best known for his novel House of Sand and Fog (1999), which was an Oprah Book Club Selection and was adapted for a 2003 film of the same title. His most recent novel is The Garden of Last Days.

The reading by Dubus will cap the first day of a two-day symposium, which is sponsored by the Saint Anselm English Department, on the literary achievements of Dubus and of his late father Andre Dubus Sr. For more information about the evening presentations or about the Dubus 2010 Symposium, please call (603) 641-7038.