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Miami University Press Novella Contest

Posted by bgsuenglish on February 24, 2015

A novella by Lawrence Coates, “Camp Olvido,” has won the 2015 Miami University Press Novella Contest.

http://www.orgs.miamioh.edu/mupress/novella/

The novella will be available late this year.

CAMP OLVIDO

by Lawrence Coates

In the California heartland in 1932, at a migrant labor camp whose very name means forgotten, a child’s sudden illness leads to tensions between workers wishing to break camp and the land barons enforcing their contracts. Into this dispute Esteban Alas—contrabandista and self-styled businessman—is reluctantly drawn as a mediator, until an act of violence forces him into a more tragic role.

Camp Olvido was chosen by the contest’s judge Joseph Bates from among 84 manuscripts submitted this year.

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Swan Lovers

Posted by bgsuenglish on February 10, 2015

I hope you enjoy the following post on the New York Times Opinionator blog by BGSU English professor Sharona Muir.

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/02/09/swan-lovers/?_r=0

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Saturday Evening Post Christmas Story

Posted by bgsuenglish on December 12, 2014

Wendell Mayo, Professor of Creative Writing, has a Christmas story up in the Saturday Evening Post.

http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2014/12/12/post-fiction/contemporary-fiction-art-entertainment/marleys-ghost.html

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The Ten Best Books of 2014

Posted by bgsuenglish on December 4, 2014

Anthony Doerr’s novel “All the Light We Cannot See” is named one of the New York Times Ten Best Books of the Year!

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/14/books/review/the-10-best-books-of-2014.html?hpw&rref=books&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=well-region&region=bottom-well&WT.nav=bottom-well

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The president and BGSU Creative Writing

Posted by bgsuenglish on December 1, 2014

When President Barack Obama went shopping on Saturday, he picked up a book by BGSU MFA alum Anthony Doerr!

“Among the books in the president’s shopping bags for mature readers were “Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China” by New Yorker writer Evan Osnos, “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” by surgeon Atul Gawande and “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr.”

http://news.yahoo.com/obama-shops-support-small-business-buys-books-181939073–finance.html

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Saying Farewell to Jessica and Mary Jo

Posted by bgsuenglish on December 1, 2014

The English Department bid a fond farewell to Jessica Wade and Mary Jo Smith, our long-serving secretaries.  We’ll be having a party to celebrate them this Friday.  MJ&Jessica

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National Book Award Ceremony

Posted by bgsuenglish on November 19, 2014

Anthony Doerr, who received his MFA from BGSU in the late nineties, is on the shortlist for the National Book Award in Fiction.  The ceremony for the award is tonight.  Good luck, Anthony!    9781476746586_custom-ffe1af1be40b75bf6df8c95abc0d7c8faa08649c-s2-c85

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A digital gallery of the 1960’s

Posted by bgsuenglish on November 17, 2014

Jolie Sheffer and her students curated a gallery of images and artifacts from the 1960’s, available online through Jerome Library.  The issues covered include racism, the Vietnam War, and police brutality, as well as the feminist, drug and counterculture movements.  You can find it here:

http://digitalgallery.bgsu.edu/exhibits/show/1960s

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Winter Wheat

Posted by bgsuenglish on November 14, 2014

The Winter Wheat Festival of Writing, sponsored by Mid-American Review, is underway.  Tonight, Anne Valente (MFA 2010) will be reading from her recently published book of short fiction By Light We Knew Our Names.  

http://casit.bgsu.edu/midamericanreview/winter-wheat/

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New York Times Opinionator

Posted by bgsuenglish on November 14, 2014

Here’s an essay on the Opinionator Blog by Dr. Sharona Muir.

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/11/09/the-crazy-puppy-and-the-flying-boy/?module=Search&mabReward=relbias%3Ar%2C%7B%221%22%3A%22RI%3A11%22%7D

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