Chestertown, MD, March 14, 2007 — He's an author of historical fiction whose works revive disparate memories of America's past, from the Civil War to the Jazz Age to Dallas on the eve of the JFK assassination. John Updike has called him "one of the most interesting American novelists at work." Thomas Mallon, a C.V. Starr Visiting Fellow, will present a reading from his forthcoming novel, Fellow Travelers, at Washington College's Rose O'Neill Literary House on Tuesday, March 27, at 4:30 p.m.
The event is sponsored by the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience and theRose O'Neill Literary House.
Mallon is the author of the novels Henry and Clara, Two Moons, Dewey Defeats Truman, Aurora 7 andBandbox, as well as four works of nonfiction.
"Thomas Mallon's writing sneaks up on you," writes Salon.com book critic Christopher Shea. "Every so often, you pause and realize that he's been stringing together one perfectly balanced sentence after another, chapter after chapter."
Fellow Travelers is slated for publication in April by Random House. Set in 1950s Washington, D.C., the story is populated by the era's political icons—McCarthy, Kennedy, Nixon—and a host of fictional characters woven into a story filled with high political drama, betrayal, humor and heartbreak.
A former Deputy Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Mallon taught English at Vassar College and was literary editor of GQ magazine, where he wrote the "Doubting Thomas" column for 10 years. He has contributed frequently to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, The American Scholar and Harper's.
Admission to Mallon's March 27 reading is free and open to the public. A booksigning and reception will follow.