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Augustana announces River Readings 2010-11

Native American writer will begin series

August  11, 2010

Augustana College has announced the diverse range of talented fiction, nonfiction, and poetry writers who will read from their work in the fourth season of The River Readings, the college’s annual literary series.

Simon Ortiz

The readings are free and open to the public.

Native American writer Simon Ortiz will begin the series at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 in Centennial Hall. His reading will accompany an exhibit in the Augustana Art Museum of the Olson-Brandelle North American Indian Art Collection. This 318-piece exhibition of Pueblo ceramics will run from Aug. 24-Oct. 30.

All other readings will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursdays in Wallenberg Hall inside Denkmann Hall, 3520 7th Ave., Rock Island.


River Readings schedule

Sept. 23 (Centennial Hall)
Simon Ortiz, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction
An award-winning and acclaimed poet, as well as short fiction and nonfiction prose writer, Simon Ortiz, Acoma Pueblo, was a leader in the Native American literary renaissance of the 1960s.

Oct. 14
Peggy Anderson, nonfiction
Augustana College alumna Peggy Anderson’s (’60) second book Nurse (1978), about the world of nursing as viewed through the eyes of one young nurse, was on the New York Times best-seller list for 30 weeks and is still in print. Nurse was also the basis for a CBS-TV series “Nurse” starring Michael Learned and Robert Reed. She is currently writing about a hospice nurse.

Jan. 20
Reading by student members of the Theatre Department

March 24
Molly McNett, short fiction
Winner of the 2008 John Simmons Award from the University of Iowa Press for her story collection One Dog Happy, Molly McNett is at work on a novel.

April 14
Dora Malech, poetry
A former teaching fellow at Augustana, Dora Malech is the author of two collections of poetry, Shore Ordered Shore and Say So (October 2010).

The River Readings series is sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, the Institute for Leadership and Service, the Thomas Tredway Library and the English Department at Augustana College.

For more information, contact Margaret Rogal, Augustana College; (309) 794-7823.