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Josip Novakovich is next in Frostic Reading Series

Nov. 5, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Novelist Josip Novakovich is the next author in the Gwen Frostic Reading Series at Western Michigan University, with a Thursday, Nov. 10, reading beginning at 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre. All readings in the series are free and open to the public.

Having established himself as one of today's most gifted short story writers, Novakovich last year published his first novel, "April Fool's Day," to far-reaching acclaim from such discerning readers as Jane Hamilton and Phillip Lopate, who declared, "Novakovich has the storyteller's gift." This Croatian-American writer returns to the short story form with a new collection, "Infidelities: Stories of War and Lust," in which he once more underscores the everyday absurdities that temper the darker realities of life.

Novakovich is the winner of a Whiting Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. A resident of central Pennsylvania, he teaches at Penn State University.

Future readings in the Gwen Frostic Reading Series

The final reading for fall 2005 features poet Jonathan Johnson Dec. 1. 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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