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Visiting Writers Series for Fall 2002

by Crystal Thompson

BOONE — This year’s Visiting Writers Series at Appalachian State University includes a Vietnam veteran, a peace activist, a master of fine arts in creative writing program designer and director, and the 1996 Anisfield-Wolf award recipient.

The series will be held in Plemmons Student Union beginning with novelist Tim O’Brien on Thursday, Sept. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Blue Ridge Ballroom.

O’Brien is a Vietnam veteran and winner of the National Book Award, the James Fenimore Cooper Prize and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

His works include “In the Lake of the Woods,” “Northern Lights” and “The Things They Carried,” which is this year’s selection for the Summer Reading Program. All incoming freshmen have received a copy of the book to read before the start of classes in late August.

A reception sponsored by Richard T. Barker and the Friends of the University Library will follow the reading.

Other writers featured in the series are poet Maggie Jaffe on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Linville Falls Room.

Jaffe is the poetry editor of Cedar Hill Review and associate editor of Rattle.

Her works include “How the West Was One” and “What is it Like to be Discovered.”

Novelist Fred Leebron will be featured on Thursday, Nov. 7, in the Linville Falls

Room at 7:30 p.m.

His works include “Out West” and “In the Middle of All This.”

Leebron is a creative writing professor at Gettysburg College.

He has received a Fulbright scholarship, a James Michener Award, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, and an O. Henry Award.

Novelist Madison Smartt Bell will be featured on Thursday, Nov. 21, in the Linville Falls Room at 7:30 p.m.

His works include “Waiting for the End of the World” and “All Souls’ Rising.”

Bell received the Lillian Smith Award and the Anisfield-Wolf Award and was a finalist for both the 1995 National Book Award and the 1996 PEN/Faulkner Award.

He is an English professor at Goucher College and director of the Kratz Center for Creative Writing.

Poet Aleida Rodriguez will be featured on Thursday, Dec. 5, in the Linville Falls Room at 7:30 p.m.

Some of her works include “Garden of Exile” and the forthcoming “Desire Lines.”

Rodriguez received the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry Award for her 1999 book “Garden of Exile.”

She was one of 15,000 children in the early 1960s airlifted out of Cuba under a covert mission called Operation Peter Pan.

All of the programs are free.

Books will be available for sales and signings at each reading.

Parking is available for non-university community members after 5 p.m. in the lot near the intersection of College and Howard streets, behind Whitener Hall, and through the opened gate.

The lot across from the First Presbyterian Church, behind the University Post Office is also suggested.

For daytime guest parking for events before 5 p.m., please call the Traffic Office at (828) 262-2878.

The Fall 2002 Visiting Writers Series is supported by Appalachian’s Office of Academic Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, Office of University Advancement, University Bookstore, Office of Multicultural Student Development, The Appalachian Journal, and The Richard T. Barker Friends of the University Library; business sponsors The Gideon Ridge Inn and The Red Onion Restaurant; and community sponsors The Dover Foundation, The High Country Writers, The Friends of Kathy Fitzpatrick, and Mildred Luckhardt and Robert Moren.

For more information about the Visiting Writers Series contact Susan Weinberg at (828) 262-2871 or call (828) 262-3030.