Chestertown, MD, September 21, 2007 — Novelist Frank Bergon, renowned writer on the American West, will present "The Toughest Kid We Knew: An All-American Story" at Washington College's Casey Academic Center Forum on Wednesday, October 3, at 4:30 p.m.
"The Toughest Kid We Knew" is about a California descendant of Dust Bowl migrants. He is among those whose stories have not been told, the sons and daughters of John Steinbeck's characters inThe Grapes of Wrath, second-generation "Okies" who came of age when toughness, hard work, girlfriends, and loyalty to other men defined what it meant to be a man in America.
In addition to being a novelist, Frank Bergon is a professor at Vassar College. He was born in Ely, Nevada, received his B.A. at Boston College, attended Stanford University as a Wallace Stegner Fellow, and completed his Ph.D. at Harvard University.
Bergon's work on the American West includes several novels and anthologies, as well as both the London Folio edition and the Penguin Nature Classics edition of The Journals of Lewis and Clark.
At Vassar, Bergon teaches courses in the English Department, including Senior Composition and Native American Literature, along with courses in the American Culture Program and Environmental Studies.
In 1998 Bergon was inducted into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. He is currently working on a novel set in Chiapas, Mexico.
"The Toughest Kid We Knew: An All-American Story" is being presented by the Friends of Miller Library and the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience. Admission is free and open to the public; a reception will follow.