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Author & Editor of 'North American Review' is Writer-in-Residence

By Meghan Dusek

APRIL 6, 2007--The UW-River Falls English Department will play host to upcoming writer-in-residence Grant Tracey of the University of Northern Iowa April 18-19. Tracey's stay will culminate with a public reading from the author with book signing.

"He is a terrific reader, one not to miss," says English professor Jenny Brantley, who is also coordinating Tracey's visit. "He is a writer's writer, a writer that we can listen and learn from."

The scheduled events during his stay are as follows:

            Wednesday, April 18, 4-7 p.m.: Tracey will visit Brantley's Writing Seminar to read from his in-progress novel, talk about his work as a writer, and critique selected student prose. Outside participants interested in sitting in on the class are asked to contact Brantley beforehand due to limited seating.

            Thursday, April 19, noon-1 p.m.: An informal talk will be given by Tracey on being a writer to interested students in the English department lounge. The event is hosted and sponsored by Paper Cuts, the UWRF literary society, and English professors Kathleen Hunzer and Michelle Parkinson. The talk is open to all students.

            Thursday, April 19, 4:15-5:15 p.m.: Tracey will participate in a public reading in the breezeway on the second floor of the Chalmer Davee Library on the UWRF campus. His books will be available for purchase and signing, and the event is free and open to the public.

Born in Toronto, Tracey recently won the prestigious MacGuffin's short story contest and received honorable mention for fiction for the 2006 John Gardner Memorial Prize, and is also a Pushcart Prize nominated writer.

Tracey is editor of North American Review, has published two collections of short stories, "Playing Mac: A Novella in Two Acts and Other Scenes" and "Parallel Lines and the Hockey Universe" as well as a film resource guide, "A Filmography of American History."

"His stories, infused with a working-class ethos, have laugh-out-loud scenes as well as quiet and true moments of redemption," says Brantley.  

The reading is sponsored by the English Department, the journal, Literary Magazine Review, which is housed at UWRF, and the College of Arts and Sciences. For more information contact the English department at 715-425-3537, Brantley at jennifer.s.brantley@uwrf.edu , or Jaci Horwart at jaci.horwart@uwrf.edu.  

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