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Renowned Author Howard Norman Will Give a Reading at Bard College on Monday, November 1

Darren O'Sullivan

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.— Award-winning novelist, short story writer, and translator Howard Norman will read from his work at Bard College on Monday, November 1. Norman, a two-time National Book Award finalist, will be introduced by novelist and Bard literature professor Bradford Morrow. The reading, presented as part of Morrow’s New Directions in Contemporary Fiction course, takes place at 2:30 p.m. in Weis Cinema in the Bertelsmann Campus Center, and is followed by a question-and-answer session. This event is free and open to the public; no reservations are required.

Norman is perhaps best known for his Canadian Trilogy, beginning with his 1994 novel, The Bird Artist, which was nominated for the National Book Award, named one of Time magazine’s five best books of the year, and awarded the New England Booksellers Association Prize and a Lannan Literary Award. Norman continued the trilogy with The Museum Guard (1998) and The Haunting of L. (2003), with Publishers Weekly lauding the first for its “haunting intensity” and the second as “beautifully crafted,” calling the author “a practitioner of uncommon subtlety.”

Norman‘s many works include children’s books; several collections and translations of Cree, Inuit, Algonquin, and Eskimo folklore; and the novels The Northern Lights (1988) and Devotion (2007). Most recently, he wrote What Is Left the Daughter (2010), a World War II novel, in the form of a series of letters. The Seattle Times deemed What Is Left the Daughter “irresistible . . . like the ripples from a penny tossed into a wishing well, it never really begins or ends. Minor characters disappear and reappear, never lost; people come and go and yet return to the same place, a Nova Scotia town with more than its share of stories.” A contributor to the New York Times Book Review, Los Angeles Times Book Review, and National Geographic Traveler, Norman also sits on the board of PEN and teaches at the University of Maryland, College Park.

For more information about this event or to be placed on the Innovative Contemporary Fiction Reading Series e-mail list, contact or call 845-752-4933.

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