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Highly Acclaimed Novelist and Short Story Writer Laura van den Berg to Read at Bard College on April 2

Darren O'Sullivan
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.— On Monday, April 2, novelist and short story writer Laura van den Berg will read from her work at Bard College. The New York Times writes that “van den Berg spins complex plots around a sense of emotional emptiness. Her stories are bursting at the seams.” Van den Berg, recipient of the 2015 Bard Fiction Prize, 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.

Laura van den Berg is the author of the novel Find Me (2015), which was longlisted for the 2016 International Dylan Thomas Prize and selected as a Best Book of the Year by Time Out New York and NPR. She is also the author of two story collections, What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us (2009) and The Isle of Youth (2013), both finalists for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Her honors include the Bard Fiction Prize, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Pushcart Prize, an O. Henry Award, and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation; her fiction has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories. Her next novel, The Third Hotel, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux in August 2018. She is a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Fiction at Harvard University.

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, email, or visit
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This event was last updated on 03-28-2018