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Irish author Jamie O'Neill visits WMU Wednesday

Nov. 11, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Irish author Jamie O'Neill will read from his work at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, in the Little Theatre at Western Michigan University. The reading is open to the public free of charge.

O'Neill shot to prominence in 2001 with the publication of his novel "At Swim, Two Boys," which received the Lambda Literary Award and the American Library Association's Stonewall Award. It was a Notable Book of the Year for the New York Times and garnered comparisons with James Joyce, Samuel Beckett and Flann O'Brien. Raised in County Dublin, Ireland, he now lives in Galway.

O'Neill's reading will be introduced by Dr. David Halperin, W.H. Auden Collegiate Professor of the History and Theory of Sexuality at the University of Michigan. A reception with O'Neill and Halperin will follow the reading.

This special event is sponsored by the WMU Department of English with support from the Arcus Foundation and the University of Michigan Lesbian-Gay-Queer Research Initiative and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

The Little Theatre is located at the corner of Oakland Drive and Oliver Street on Western Michigan University's historic East Campus. There is free off-street parking behind the theatre.

For more information, please contact Dr. Christopher Nagle, assistant professor of English, at christopher.nagle@wmich.edu.

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

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