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National Book Award Winner Jaimy Gordon, April 22

April 14, 2014
Contact: University Relations
Phone: 410.837.5739

Jaimy Gordon, winner of the National Book Award for her novel Lord of Misrule, will read from her works on Tuesday, April 22 as the University of Baltimore's M.F.A. in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts presents a Klein Family Fund Reading. The event, free and open to the public, will take place at 7 p.m. in the Hilda and Michael Bogomolny Room in the UB Student Center, 21 W. Mt. Royal Ave.

A native of Baltimore, Gordon graduated from Antioch College in 1966 and received an M.A. in English and a doctorate in creative writing, both from Brown University. She lives in Kalamazoo, Mich., where she teaches in the M.F.A. program of Western Michigan University.

Lord of Misrule, Gordon's fourth novel, delves into the world of small-time horse racing and the characters who call a down-on-its-luck racetrack in West Virginia their home.

"Assured, exotic and uncategorizable," said The New York Times. "[A]n incontrovertible winner, a bona fide bolt from the blue."

"Gordon's characters ... are complex and finely drawn," said The New Yorker. "[Gordon] unspools a plot of corruption and intrigue."

Time: "Moody, poetic, darkly funny prose."

NPR: "[A] magical tale about a dusty West Virginia town and its downtrodden racetrack."

To receive additional informaiton about this event, send an email to jcrooks@ubalt.edu.

Learn more about UB's M.F.A. in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts program.

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