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Grinnell College Authors and Artists

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“Authors and Artists” features interviews delving into the creative processes and latest work of alumni, faculty, and staff from Grinnell College, one of the top liberal arts colleges in the world, renowned for its commitment to social responsibility.

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    Dec. 20, 2022

    Sandy Moffett: The Ghost of Craven Snuggs

    The Ghost of Craven Snuggs: A Midwestern Murder Mystery (Ice Cube Press, 2022)
    Sandy Moffett, professor emeritus

    Sandy Moffett joined the Grinnell faculty in 1971 and taught acting, directing, and American theatre. Although now emeritus, he continues to teach and direct when called upon. He is devoted to conservation and prairie restoration and has been responsible for the restoration and preservation of nearly 900 acres of native grassland and woodland. Sandy writes short stories and songs and performs with the Too Many String Band.

    Marshall Poe ’84 talks to Sandy about how he got to Grinnell, his many years directing Grinnell students, and his extensive work preserving Iowa’s tallgrass prairie. They also discuss his new book, The Ghost of Craven Snuggs: A Midwestern Murder Mystery (Ice Cube Press, 2022). A short description of the book says: “Early one November, portraits of the Chief Executives of three major midwestern meat-producing corporations and the governor of Iowa go missing. These incidents seem minor until the dead bodies of the three CEOs are discovered in the hog lots and chicken factories that they own. … The sheriff and his deputies are left with a single clue: an ancient pickup truck that belonged to Craven Snuggs, a fierce opponent of large-scale industrial agriculture, who died in a mysterious fire years earlier.”

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