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Award-winner Ann Beattie opens Frostic Reading Series

Sept. 12, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Award-winning author Ann Beattie opens the fall Gwen Frostic Reading Series at Western Michigan University with a Thursday, Sept. 22, reading beginning at 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre. All readings in the series are free and open to the public.

Beattie recently published "Follies: New Stories," her 15th book and eighth collection of short stories. The Washington Post has called her "one of our era's most vital masters of the short form." The writer has earned a number of awards, including an award for excellence from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, four O.Henry prizes, a Guggenheim Fellowship and PEN/Malamud Award for excellence in short fiction. She is best known as a voice of the generation that grew up in the 1960s.

Fall 2005 Gwen Frostic Reading Series

Sept. 29, novelist Steven Millhauser
Oct. 13, playwright Charles Smith
Oct. 20, poet Michael Ryan
Nov. 10, novelist Josip Novakovich
Dec. 1, poet Jonathan Johnson

All readings are Thursdays at 8 p.m. 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. To be added to the mailing list for reading series announcements, write to Becky Beech at rebecca.beech@wmich.edu and include your complete name and postal address.

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

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