A new speaker series will feature a writer with deep local ties who is currently riding a wave of critical acclaim for his latest book.
Andre Dubus III will be the inaugural speaker of the Visiting Author Series, appearing on campus to discuss his latest work of fiction, Dirty Love, and much more. After a craft talk and Q and A session with faculty, staff and students, he will present a reading and book signing which is open to the public. The reading will be held Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Conant Auditorium in the Center for Science & Mathematics.
Dubus’s numerous works of fiction include the novel The House of Sand and Fog, a National book Award finalist, a New York Times bestseller, and the basis for an Oscar-nominated film starring Jennifer Connelly and Ben Kingsley. His memoir, Townie, was also a critical and commercial hit.
“We see a series like this as integral to the university’s mission,” said Bruce Machart, assistant professor of English, and one of the organizers. “It allows the campus and the local community to enter the literary conversation.”
He’s seen other institutions have great success with similar series. The hope is a benefactor can be found to sponsor the BSU series long term.
As for the takeaways for students who attend the craft talk before the reading, the hope is to “demystify the writing life” for them, Professor Machart said.
The series is presented in conjunction with the Office of Academic Affairs and the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. For more information, contact Professor Machart at firstname.lastname@example.org .