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Award-Winning Fantasy Writer Elizabeth Hand to Read at Bard College on Monday, November 13

Darren O'Sullivan
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.— On Monday, November 13, celebrated fantasy writer and critic Elizabeth Hand reads from her fiction collection Saffron and Brimstone. The Washington Post writes, “Hand’s work is pulsing with tension throughout, charged with its own chilling luminosity.” Hand will be introduced by novelist and Bard literature professor Bradford Morrow. The reading, presented as part of Morrow’s Innovative Contemporary Fiction Reading series, takes place at 2:30 p.m. at Weis Cinema in the Bertelsmann Campus Center and will be followed by a Q&A. It is free and open to the public; no reservations are required.

Elizabeth Hand is the multiple-award-winning author of 11 novels and three collections of short fiction. Generation Loss, the first novel to feature punk photographer Cass Neary, received the inaugural Shirley Jackson Award for best work of psychological suspense. A New York Times and Washington Post Notable Author, Hand is also a longtime book critic and essayist and a frequent contributor to the Washington Post, Salon, Village Voice, and DownEast Magazine, among many others. Raised in New York State, she studied playwriting and cultural anthropology at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and as a teenager in the 1970s was involved in the nascent punk scenes in both D.C. and New York. For six years she worked as a photo archivist at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum, before moving to the coast of Maine in 1988 to write full time. She has two children and divides her time between Maine and North London, the setting for the third Cass Neary novel.

For more information about the Innovative Contemporary Fiction Reading series, or to find out about opportunities for VIP access to series authors via the BackPage Pass Program for supporters of the literary journal Conjunctions, please call 845-758-7054, e-mail, or visit


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This event was last updated on 11-06-2017