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Essayist and novelist Phillip Lopate visits WMU

Oct. 16, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Essayist and novelist Phillip Lopate is next in the Gwen Frostic Reading Series at Western Michigan University with a Wednesday, Oct. 18, reading of his work beginning at 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre. All readings in the series are free of charge and open to the public.

Lopate is the author of the essay collections "Against Joie de Vivre," "Bachelorhood," "Being with Children," "Portrait of My Body" and "Totally, Tenderly, Tragically," and the novels "The Rug Merchant" and "Confessions of a Summer." He is the editor of The Art of the Personal Essay, the Library of America's Writing New York, and the series editor of The Art of the Essay. Lopate's film criticism appears regularly in the New York Times and other publications. He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Fall 2006 Gwen Frostic Reading Series

Sept. 20, poet Malena Morling
Oct. 4, novelist Geoffrey Becker
Oct. 18, essayist and novelist Phillip Lopate
Nov. 8, poet Li-Young Lee
Nov. 29, novelist and playwright Len Jenkin
Dec. 6, novelist and essayist Liesel Litzenburger

All readings are Wednesdays 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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