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Women of Mystery
A large crowd turned out on Thursday, March 18th at 6:00 p.m. to hear mystery writers Julia Spencer-Fleming, Kathy Emerson, and Lea Wait talk about the modern heroine. They discussed their work and how women authors are redefining the mystery genre and creating strong women characters.
The event was organized through the Sisters in Crime speakers bureau. Sisters in Crime is an international organization of mystery writers and mystery fans working to combat discrimination against women in the mystery field. The event was co-sponsored by the University Bookstore.
Human Voices: the art of fiction
“Writing is nothing more than a guided dream…”
Jorge Luis Borges
Last spring’s Works in Progress reading celebrated the art of fiction with guest authors Elaine Ford, Robert Froese, and Naomi Jacobs.
Elaine Ford is the author of five novels and numerous short stories. Recent stories have been published in North American Review, Confrontation, Colorado Review, Night Train, Passages North, and Nebraska Review. Awards for her fiction include two National Endowment for the Arts grants and a Guggenheim fellowship. She is professor of English at the University of Maine.
Robert Froese lives in Harrington, on the coast of Maine, and teaches creative writing and film at the University of Maine at Machias. His novels include The Hour of Blue (1990) and The Forgotten Condition of Things (2001). His third novel, set in southern New Mexico, is nearly finished. He is also currently working on a screenplay.
Raised in western Minnesota with a PhD from the University of Missouri, Naomi Jacobs has taught at UMaine since 1982. She regularly teaches courses on the Victorian Novel, women's literature, utopian literature, feminist theory, and American literature. She is past president of the Society for Utopian Studies. Her latest scholarly publications are on Barbara Kingsolver's "Animal Dreams” and Octavia Butler's "Xenogenesis" trilogy. In recent years she has returned to fiction writing after a long hiatus.
Friends events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Gretchen Gfeller. Voice: 581-1696 | E-mail: Gretchen.firstname.lastname@example.org
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