An evening of fiction and nonfiction with authors David Means and Lucas Mann, April 18, 2016

Acclaimed writers David Means (fiction) and Lucas Mann (nonfiction) will come together for an evening of reading and conversation on Monday, April 18, in the Sanders Classroom Building, Spitzer Auditorium (room 212), 6:00pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Means and Mann will each read from recent work and then engage in conversation with Amitava Kumar, Helen D. Lockwood Professor of English at Vassar. A question-and-answer session will follow the program.

Means’ newest book is Hystopia, a novel. His collection of stories, Assorted Fire Events, won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction and earned a National Book Critics Circle Award nomination. Another short story collection The Secret Goldfish received widespread acclaim and The Spot was selected as a 2010 Notable Book by The New York Times, and won an O. Henry Prize. His stories have also appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Mystery Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and numerous other publications. He teaches writing at Vassar College.

Mann, a Vassar alumnus, is the author of Class A: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. The Boston Globe wrote of Class A,  “What elevates Class A beyond being just an entertaining and poignant work of narrative nonfiction is the book’s most winning character—Mann himself. As a writer and observer, he is patient, sympathetic to a fault, optimistic in spite of himself, and, despite his gifts, impressively unassuming.”  Man’s second book, Lord Fear: A Memoir, was named one of the best books of 2015 by The Miami Herald, Kirkus Reviews, and  His essays have been published in Slate, TriQuarterly, Barrelhouse, BuzzFeed, Gawker, and The Kenyon Review, among others.  He earned his MFA from The University of Iowa and teaches writing at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Sponsored by the English Department.

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Posted by Office of Communications Friday, April 1, 2016