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Elizabeth Hand, Award-Winning Fantasy Writer and Novelist, To Give Reading at Bard College on March 2

Jennifer Wai-Lan Huang
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—Award-winning fantasy writer and novelist Elizabeth Hand will read from her work on Monday, March 2, at 2:30 p.m. in Weis Cinema of the Bertelsmann Campus Center at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Hand is most recently the author of Generation Loss, a psychological thriller, of which the Journal Sentinel writes, “Generation Loss has been rightly compared with the sort of crime fiction turned out by the late, great Patricia Highsmith . . . Hand expertly ratchets up the suspense until it’s at the level of a high-pitched scream near novel’s end.” Brian Evenson describes it as “a lucid and beautifully rendered tale of an aging and damaged punk photographer’s journey from the safety of the streets of New York into the wilds of Maine. Great, unforgiving wilderness, a vanished teenager, an excellent villain, and an obsession with art that shades into death: what else do you need? An excellent book.” And George Pelecanos says, “Intense and atmospheric, Generation Loss is an inventive brew of postpunk attitude and dark mystery. Elizabeth Hand writes with craftsmanship and passion.” Hand will be introduced by novelist and Bard literature professor Bradford Morrow. The reading, which is presented as part of Morrow’s course on innovative contemporary fiction, is free and open to the public.

Elizabeth Hand is the author of nine novels and three collections of short fiction. Her most recent novel, Generation Loss, received the inaugural Shirley Jackson Award for best work of psychological suspense in 2008 and was a finalist for the McSweeney’s/Believer Book Award. Her other books have garnered two Nebula Awards, three World Fantasy Awards, two International Horror Guild Awards, the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, and the Mythopoeic Society Award. In 2001, she received an Individual Artist’s Fellowship in Literature from the Maine Arts Commission/NEA. She is also a reviewer, critic, and longtime contributor to the Washington Post, Village Voice, Salon, Boston Globe, and DownEast Magazine, among many other publications, including Bard College’s literary journal Conjunctions. Her first young adult novel, Wonderwall, about the French poet Arthur Rimbaud, will be published this fall by Viking. She has two teenage children and lives on the coast of Maine with her partner, UK critic John Clute. She is at work on a thriller, Available Dark, set in Reykjavik.

For more information about the reading, call 845-758-1539.

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This event was last updated on 02-24-2009