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Fiction writer Jim Shepard to present reading

Nov. 2, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- The fiction writer described by author Rick Bass as having "a razor sharp wit and elephantine heart" will present a reading of his work at Western Michigan University Thursday, Nov. 11.

Jim Shepard will begin his reading at 8:30 p.m. in Room 3512 of Knauss Hall. A reception will follow on the 10th floor of Sprau Tower.

The reading, sponsored by the Department of English, is free and open to the public.

Shepard is the author of three novels, "Nosferatu," "Lights Out in the Reptile House" and "Kiss of the Wolf," as well as a collection of short stories entitled "Batting Against Castro." He has also edited a collection of poems with Amy Hempel, "Unleashed: Poems by Writers' Dogs," in which well-known writers and poets write from their dogs' point of view.

Writer Norman Rush calls Shepard "a deft, audacious artist whose access to different voices, social types (and) levels of experience is truly astonishing."

Shepard teaches English at Williams College and resides in Williamstown, Mass.

For more information about Shepard's visit, contact Julie Stotz at (616) 387-9212.

Media contact: Pauline Oo, 616 387-8400, pauline.oo@wmich.edu

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