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Novelist McManus reads from 'Positively Fifth Street'

Sept. 28, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Sandburg Award-winning novelist James McManus, author of "Positively Fifth Street" and "Going to the Sun," reads from his work Thursday, Oct. 7, at 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre at Western Michigan University. McManus' presentation is the third in the Fall 2004 Gwen Frostic Reading Series, which is free and open to the public.

McManus' "Positively Fifth Street" was a New York Times Notable Book, San Francisco Chronicle Best Book, Amazon Editor's and Costumer's Favorite, Border's Best Book, and Men's Journal's Best Guy Book of 2003. McManus is the author of three other novels, including "Going to the Sun," which won the Carl Sandburg Award. In 2001, he received the Peter Lisagor Award for sports journalism. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Esquire, Chicago, and Harper's, and has been widely anthologized. McManus teaches a course on the literature and science of poker at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Fall 2004 Gwen Frostic Reading Series

Wednesday, Sept. 8, novelist Howard Norman

Thursday, Sept. 30, poet Terrance Hayes

Thursday, Oct. 7, novelist James McManus

Wednesday, Oct. 13, playwright Jeremy Dobrish

Wednesday, Oct. 27, poet Jean Valentine

All readings begin at 8 p.m. and are in the Little Theatre, which is located at the corner of Oakland Drive and Oliver Street on Western Michigan University's East Campus. There is free off-street parking behind the theatre.

For more information about the Gwen Frostic Reading Series, contact Dr. Arnie Johnston, chair of the Department of English, at <arnie.johnston@wmich.edu>. To be added to the mailing list for reading series announcements, write to Becky Beech at <rebecca.beech@wmich.edu> and include your complete name and postal address.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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