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Pulitzer Prize winner is next in Frostic Reading Series

Sept. 23, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Pulitzer Prize winner Steven Millhauser is the next author in the Gwen Frostic Reading Series at Western Michigan University, with a Thursday, Sept. 29, reading beginning at 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre. All readings in the series are free and open to the public.

Millhauser received the Pulitzer Prize for "Martin Dressler." He is the author of nine other books, including "Edwin Mullhouse," "Enchanted Night," and "The Knife Thrower and Other Stories."

He is expected to read from his most-recent book, "The King in the Tree: 3 Novellas," in which he examines the transformations of love in three hypnotic novellas. While ostensibly showing her home to a prospective buyer, the narrator of "Revenge" unfolds an origami-like narrative of betrayal and psychic violence. In "An Adventure of Don Juan" the legendary seducer seeks out new diversion on an English country estate with devastating results. The title novella retells the story of Tristan and Ysolt from the agonized perspective of King Mark, a husband who compulsively looks for evidence of his wife's adultery yet compulsively denies what he finds.

Millhauser is a member of the English faculty at Skidmore College.

Future readings in the Gwen Frostic Reading Series

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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