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Novelist Kathryn Davis is next in Frostic Reading Series

Jan. 25, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Novelist Kathryn Davis, author of "Versailles," reads from her work Wednesday, Feb. 2, at 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre at Western Michigan University. Davis' presentation is part of the Gwen Frostic Reading Series, which is free and open to the public.

Described as the "love child of Virginia Woolf and Lewis Carroll," Davis has been recognized is a celebrated chronicler of the struggles of the human spirit. With her most-recent novel, "Versailles," Davis conjures up a young Marie Antoinette as both the 14-year-old girl expected to rule a foreign land and the eventual mother for four, sent to her death at the guillotine. Rich in historical detail and the imagined musings of a young queen, "Versailles" illustrates how Davis has carved a particular niche between the fantastic and the factual.

Aside from the most-recent work, Davis is the author of the novels "Labrador," "The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf," "Hell" and "The Walking Tour." She is the recipient of the Kafka Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She teaches at Skidmore College and lives in Vermont and New York with her husband and their daughter.

Other readings remaining in the Spring 2005 Gwen Frostic Reading Series

Wednesday, Feb. 23, playwright OyamO

Tuesday, March 8, poets Hugh Seidman and David Dodd Lee

Wednesday, March 16, novelist Diane Williams

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>.

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

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