Tuesday, November 14, 2006

A Firsthand Reading with Novelist Katherine Min, November 30

Chestertown, MD, November 13, 2006 — Washington College's Rose O'Neill Literary House presents author Katherine Min, reading from her works, Thursday, November 30, at 4:30 p.m. in the Sophie Kerr Room of the Miller Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Katherine Min's short stories have appeared in numerous publications, including TriQuarterly, Ploughshares, The Threepenny Review, and Prairie Schooner, and have been widely anthologized, most recently in The Pushcart Book of Stories: The Best Short Stories from a Quarter-Century of The Pushcart Prize; her short story "Courting a Monk" won a Pushcart Prize, and "The Brick" was read on National Public Radio's Selected Shorts program in 1999. Most recently, she published her debut novel Secondhand World (Knopf 2006), the story of a Korean-American family living in upstate New York.

Selected by Redbook Magazine as its October Book Club pick, the novel has been praised as "[a] haunting debut...swirling, textured, beautifully detailed," by Publishers Weekly, and as "a graceful, unflinching examination of the fragility of our ties to the past and the pitfalls of human adaptability" by D.Y. Bechard, author of Vandal Love.

Min received the New Hampshire Arts Council fellowships in 2004 and 1995 and, in 1992, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded her a grant. A graduate of Amherst College and the Columbia School of Journalism, she currently teaches at Plymouth State University and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival.

The reading is sponsored by the Rose O'Neill Literary House. Established in 1985, the Literary House was acquired and refurbished through a generous gift of alumna Betty Casey, Class of 1947, and her late husband Eugene, and named in memory of his late mother, Rose O'Neill Casey. Now in its 21st year, the O'Neill Literary House reflects the eclectic spirit of Washington College's creative writing and academic culture.

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