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Friday, March 21, 2008

Acclaimed novelist to give reading from fiction

In recognition of Women’s History Month, acclaimed novelist Amanda Eyre Ward (www.amandaward.com) will read selections from her fiction pieces as guest of the Distinguished Visiting Writers series at Pittsburg State University.

The reading will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, in the Governor’s Room of Overman Student Center. A reception will be held in the Heritage Room following the reading.

Ward is the author of multiple novels including 2003’s “Sleep Toward Heaven,” a stunning depiction of women on death row, which won the Violet Crown Book Award and was optioned for film by Sandra Bullock and Fox Searchlight. Her second novel, “How to be Lost,” was published in 2004 and selected as a Target Bookmarked pick. It has been published in 15 countries.

Her most recent novel, 2007’s “Forgive Me,” was researched by Ward in Cape Town, South Africa. She received a starred review from “Booklist” for the “precisely powerful novel.” Ward, who earned her MFA in Fiction Writing from the University of Montana, has also had short stories published in “Zoetrope,” “Mississippi Review,” and “Tin House.”

The reading is sponsored by the PSU English Department, the Student Fee Council, and the Women’s Studies Program.

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