Writers@Grinnell kicks off fall semester program

Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010 9:30 pm

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GRINNELL, IA—Writers@Grinnell will open its fall semester program with a reading by fiction writer and faculty member Jeremy Jackson on Thurs., Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center on the Grinnell College campus.

Jackson, who teaches fiction writing at Grinnell, has written two novels, “Life at These Speeds” and “In Summer,” plus three cookbooks, one of which was nominated for the James Beard award. He also writes young adult novels under the pseudonym of Alex Bradley.

On Sept. 16, novelist Curtis Sittenfeld will participate in a public interview about the relationship between fiction and contemporary politics. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Sittenfeld is the author of best-sellers “American Wife,” “Prep” and “The Man of My Dreams.” Her writing has appeared in many popular magazines and on public radio’s “This American Life.”

On Sept. 29, essayist and short-story writer Barry Lopez will read from his works, many of which involve the relationship between the physical landscape and human culture. He is the author of “Arctic Dreams,” which won the National Book Award, and “Of Wolves and Men,” as well as eight other works of fiction and collected essays. Lopez’ reading will be in Faulconer Gallery at 8 p.m., surrounded by a new exhibition, “Culturing Community.” He will also lead a roundtable discussion on “Undivided Loyalties: The Natural Environment and the Writer’s Craft,” at 4:15 p.m. in Room 209 of the Rosenfield Center.

All Writers@Grinnell events will be held at 8 p.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, 1115 8th Ave. on the Grinnell College campus, unless otherwise noted. Grinnell welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. If accommodations are needed, please contact the event’s sponsoring organization as soon as possible to make a request. -30-