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Colby College’s 2002-03 Visiting Writers Series will hold three readings this spring on the Waterville campus. Each program will begin at 7 p.m. and is open to the public free of charge. A book signing by the author will follow each of the readings. The Visiting Writers Series is sponsored by Colby’s creative writing program.
On Tuesday, March 4, Elizabeth Strout will read a selection of her fiction. Strout’s first novel, Amy and Isabelle, was published to rave reviews in 1999. The book, set in a New England mill town, concerns a mother’s reaction to her teenage daughter’s budding sexuality. Author Alice Munro called it, “A novel of shining integrity and humor, about the bravery and hard choices of what is called ordinary life.” Strout’s fiction has appeared in numerous magazines, including The New Yorker, and she has taught literature and writing at Manhattan Community College and the New School. This reading will be held in the Robins Room of Roberts Building. It is co-sponsored by the Cultural Events Committee.
On Tuesday, March 18, Peter Filkins will read a selection of his poems. Poet and translator Filkins is the author of two volumes of poetry, What She Knew and After Homer. Writing in traditional forms, but addressing contemporary subject matter, he produces work, which serves, in the words of the New York Times Book Review, as “a kind of cage for undomesticated thoughts.” Filkins teaches at Simon’s Rock College of Bard. This reading will be held in the Robins Room of Roberts Building.
On Tuesday, April 22, Linda Greenlaw, a member of the Colby Class of 1983, will read from her best-selling book The Lobster Chronicles: Life on a Very Small Island. The Lobster Chronicles, her most recent work, is about Isle au Haut, a Maine island half-populated by Greenlaws, where Greenlaw now lives and fishes. Sebastian Junger called Greenlaw’s first book, The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain’s Journey, “the best book, period, I’ve ever read on fishing.” This reading will be held in Given Auditorium in the Bixler Art and Music Center. This event is the annual Edwin J. Kenney Memorial Non-Fiction Reading.