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National Book Award winner Gordon here April 19

April  09, 2012

The River Readings series at Augustana College will host novelist Jaimy Gordon, winner of the 2010 National Book Award for her novel Lord of Misrule, on April 19.

Dr. Gordon will read from Lord of Misrule and take questions from the audience at 7 p.m. in Wallenberg Hall inside the Denkmann Memorial Building. The reading is free and open to the public.

Through this process, she said she hopes guests will see that she is "a regular person, as well as a writer.”

The River Readings series brings writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry to Augustana’s campus for students and the community.

When asked about advice for future writers, Dr. Gordon said, “Don’t be in too much of a hurry… [get] closer to possessing your own unique voice as a writer.” She also noted that she believes young writers should be in the “outside world” for a few years, wait to attend graduate school and “above all keep writing.”

In addition to her National Book Award, Dr. Gordon received an Academy Institute Award for fiction from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Her novel Bogeywoman made the Los Angeles Times list of the Best Fiction of 2000, and a third novel, She Drove Without Stopping, was an American Library Association Notable Book.

Dr. Gordon received a doctorate of arts in creative writing from Brown University. As she prepares to retire from her position as a professor at Western Michigan University after 30 years, Dr. Gordon says she looks forward to teaching for her own pleasure and traveling the nation to colleges and universities.

Sam Schlouch
Senior Communication Director
(309) 794-7833