National Book Award finalist Jim Shepard to read

Posted October 20th, 2008 at 3:38 pm.

Author Jim Shepard, whose short story collection Like You’d Understand, Anyway has recently become available in paperback, will give a reading  on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ely Room at the Wyndham Alumnae House.

Free and open to the public, Shepard’s appearance is part of the College’s yearlong Creative Writing Program Reading Series, which features award-winning poets, fiction and nonfiction writers, and playwrights. For further information, contact the Office for the Arts at (610)526-5210.

Shepard is the author of nine books. His latest, Like You’d Understand, Anyway, was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award and the winner of the fourth annual Story Prize. In The New York Times Book Review , Daniel Handler described the book as a testament “to the power of the short story itself … serving no agenda but literature’s primary and oft-forgotten one: the delight of the reader.”

His other books include the short story collections Love and Hydrogen and Batting Against Castro, as well as six novels, the latest being 2004’s Project X .

“Daringly inventive, as skillful as a top surgeon, and as clever, quirky, and right-on as David Byrne and Warren Zevon, to jump art forms, Shepard is breathtaking,” wrote Donna Seaman about Shepard in her review for Booklist of Love and Hydrogen .

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