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Speaker series features bestselling author

Bestselling author and Binghamton alumna Bobbie Ann Mason will kick off the spring schedule of Readers’ Series and Writing Life events organized by the Binghamton Center for Writers.

Mason is the author of four novels, including In Country (made into a film starring Emily Lloyd and Bruce Willis), a memoir, the Pulitzer Prize finalist Clear Springs and a feminist study of Nancy Drew. Her most recent book is a collection of linked stories, Nancy Culpepper. Mason has also written five collections of short stories, including the acclaimed Shiloh and Other Stories.

Mason will speak at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in AA-G008.
The Readers’ Series continues with Rachel Kadish, winner of the John Gardner Fiction Book Award for Tolstoy Lied: A Love Story. She will appear at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, in AA-G008.

Kadish has appeared in Story, Tin House, Zoetrope, New England Review, in the 1998 Pushcart Prize Anthology and on NPR. Her short stories have recently been anthologized in Lost Tribe: New Jewish Fiction from the Edge, The Modern Jewish Girl’s Guide to Guilt and Who We Are: On Being (And Not Being) a Jewish Writer in America.

As part of the Writing Life series of conversations, Ed Ochester, editor of the Pitt Poetry series, will appear at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, in the Reinhardt Room. Ochester is the author of Snow White Horses: Selected Poems. His latest book is Unreconstructed: Poems Selected and New.

Poet Afaa Michael Weaver will speak at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, in AA-G008. The author of 10 volumes of poetry, Weaver founded 7th Son Press and has served as editor of Obsidian III.  He is the Alumnae Professor of English at Simmons College in Boston and director of the Zora Neale Hurston Literary Center, the chairman of the Simmons International Chinese Poetry conference and was the poet-in-residence at the Stadler Poetry Center of Bucknell University, the first poet of African descent to hold that position. He has given several hundred readings in the U.S., Great Britain, France, China and Taiwan. Weaver’s most recent collection is Plum Flower Dance.

Denise Duhamel, the recipient of the Binghamton University Milt Kessler Book Award in Poetry for her collection, Two and Two, will read from her work at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in AA-G008. Duhamel is the author of Mille et un sentiments, Queen for a Day, Kinky and The Star-Spangled Banner.

Paul Covino, editor of Barrow Street Press and the poetry journal Barrow Street, will be featured as part of an informal conversation on publishing and the writing life at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in the Reinhardt Room. Covino is the author of Cut Off the Ears of Winter.

Mary Gaitskill’s most recent novel, Veronica, was listed as one of the “10 Best Books of 2005” by the New York Times and was a finalist for The National Book Award. She will speak at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in AA-G008.

Gaitskill is the author of the short story collections Bad Behavior and Because They Wanted To, which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award; and the novel, Two Girls, Fat and Thin. Her short story The Secretary provided the basis for the 2002 film starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08