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WMU celebrates Gordon's National Book Award

Dec. 2, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University will celebrate the achievement of English Professor Jaimy Gordon, winner of the 2010 National Book Award for fiction, with a reading and reception Monday, Dec. 13, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Photo of Western Michigan University's Jaimy Gordon and Lord of Misrule.The reading begins at 3:30 p.m. in Room 2008 of the Richmond Center. Featured guests are Bruce McPherson, publisher of award-winner "The Lord of Misrule," and several WMU creative writing graduates who have won prestigious awards, including Bonnie Jo Campbell, Liesel Litzenburger and Melinda Moustakis.

A reception follows from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the center's lobby. The event, organized by the WMU Center for the Humanities, is open to the public free of charge. The Richmond Center is located next to Miller Auditorium on the WMU main campus.

Gordon's fourth novel, "Lord of Misrule," was recognized as this year's top work in fiction at the 61st National Book Awards Benefit Dinner and Ceremony Nov. 17 in New York City. Set in the world of West Virginia horse racing in the early 1970s, the book was praised by the judges as a "vivid, memorable and linguistically rich novel."

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