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Pulitzer Prize winning author here for reading

Nov. 6, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Kidder, author of "The Soul of a New Machine" and "Mountains Beyond Mountains," will speak at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in the Little Theatre at Western Michigan University.

Kidder received both the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award for nonfiction for "The Soul of a New Machine" (1981). His most recent title, "Mountains Beyond Mountains," was released by Random House earlier this year. Kidder graduated from Harvard University, studied at the University of Iowa, and served as an Army officer in Vietnam. He lives in Massachusetts and Maine.

Kidder's presentation is the fifth in the Fall 2003 Gwen Frostic Reading Series, sponsored by the Creative Writing Program in the WMU Department of English. The Frostic Reading Series opened Sept. 22 with a standing-room-only crowd for Pulitzer Prize-winner Art Spiegelman.

The final reading of the fall series features short story author Z.Z. Packer at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20. Her reading is also be in the Little Theatre.

Readings by Kidder and Packer are in the Little Theatre, located at the corner of Oakland Drive and Oliver Street on the WMU East Campus. Free off-street parking is available behind the theatre.

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

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