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University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley to Host 2009 Fox Cities Reads Authors, Events and Workshops

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The 2nd Annual Fox Cities Reads Book Festival will be held April 13-19 in venues throughout the Fox Valley.  UWFox is participating fully as a host during an engaging week of authors’ visits, readings, discussions and workshops.  All events are free and open to the public. Please take note of the following programs that take place at UWFox or involve UWFox faculty and staff.

Please note: Parking on campus is limited due to construction of the Communication Arts Center at UWFox. Follow signs to park in lots directly off University Drive. For questions about this event, please contact Jeff Kuepper, UWFox director of student activities, at jeff.kuepper@uwc.edu or call 832-2671

Tuesday, April 14: Zorba Paster Lecture and Reception

Zorba Paster“A Healthy Discussion with WPR’s Zorba Paster”
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
UWFox Student Union

The Chicago native first appeared on radio as a guest expert on Wisconsin Public Radio's statewide news magazine, “Morning People,” with Tom Clark. The two clicked, and Zorba became a regular guest on Clark’s statewide morning drive-time call-in show. They were so well received; WPR teamed the two for a weekly, national talk show, “Zorba Paster on Your Health.” Paster’s book, The Longevity Code: Your Personal Prescription for a Longer, Sweeter Life, was published in February 2001 by Clarkson Potter, with a foreward by the Dalai Lama.

Tuesday, April 14: Stephanie Copoulos-Selle

"Book Art and More" –Book art, paintings and prints, an artist’s talk
Tuesday, April 14 at 2 p.m.
Aaron Bohrod Gallery at UWFox

Stephanie Copoulos-Selle, Professor of Art, UW-Waukesha, will talk about her art.  Copoulos-Selle’s work will be on exhibit in the gallery April 6 through May 7.

Tuesday, April 14: “Truck: A Love Story,” A book discussion led by UWFox Assistant Professor of English Bill Gillard

12:15-12:55 p.m.
UWFox Room 1346

Wednesday, April 15: Michael Perry Reading, Lecture and Book Signing Michael Perry
“Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time”

Noon – 1:30 p.m.
UWFox Student Union


"For Beginning Writers Only: How to Get Started in Fiction: A Workshop” 

2-3 p.m.
UWFox Room 1346

Michael Perry is a humorist and author of the bestselling memoirs Population 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time and Truck: A Love Story, the essay collection Off Main Street, and the upcoming memoir Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs and Parenting. Perry has written for Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Outside, Backpacker, Orion and Salon.com, and is a contributing editor to Men’s Health. His essays have been heard on NPR’s All Things Considered and he has performed and produced two live audience recordings I Got It From the Cows and Never Stand Behind a Sneezing Cow. Perry lives in rural Wisconsin, where he remains active with the local volunteer rescue service.

Friday, April 17: C. J. Hribal  Reading and Lecture

"Observations from the Way Back: Readings from ‘The Company Car’”
Noon – 1 p.m.
UWFox Room 1346

Born and raised in Chicago suburb until the age of 10, CJ moved with his family to a farm in Wisconsin.  He received his B.A. from St. Norbert College and his M.A. in Creative Writing from Syracuse University.  Since 1990 he has been teaching at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  In 1999 his collection of short fiction, The Clouds in Memphis, won the Associated Writing Programs Award in Short Fiction. His new novel, The Company Car, is a comedy about fifty years in the life of a single family, and fifty years of American social history, starting with the parents getting married on television in 1952.


Friday, April 17: Samantha Chang

Samantha Chang"A Midwestern Childhood: Fiction by Lan Samantha Chang”

Reception 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the UWFox Emeritus Room


Lecture and Reading – 7– 8:30 p.m.  in the UWFox Student Union 

Lan Samantha Chang (張嵐; pinyin: Zhāng Lán), born 1965, is an American writer of novels and short stories. Her works include Hunger, a novella plus four short stories, and Inheritance, a novel. She was born in Appleton, Wisconsin, the daughter of Chinese parents who survived the World War II Japanese occupation of China and later emigrated to the United States. Chang has received fellowships from Stanford University (the Stegner Fellowship) and Princeton University. She has most recently served as the Briggs-Copeland Lecturer of Creative Writing at Harvard University. Chang received an M.F.A. (Master of Fine Arts) in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa, an M.P.A. (Master of Public Administration) from Harvard University, and a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Yale University. At Yale, she served as managing editor of the Yale Daily News, and at Harvard, she received a fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.Chang is currently Professor of English at the University of Iowa and Director of the prestigious Iowa Writers' Workshop; she is the first female and Asian American writer to serve as director of the Workshop. In 2008 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship.

In addition to the events being held at UWFox, a number of UWFox faculty and instructional staff are participating in several panels throughout the day Saturday, April 18.

Saturday, April 18

Time: 11:15 a.m.
Location: Lawrence University, Main Hall 211
Heroes and Villains: The Graphic Novel as Literature

Mat Bartkowiak, UW Marshfield
Amy Reddinger, UW Marinette
Richard Krupnow, UW Fox Valley
Marc Seals, UW Baraboo/Sauk County
Elizabeth Zanichkowsky, UW Waukesha 

Things To Come:  Fantasy and Science Fiction Literature  

Bill Gillard, UW Fox Valley
Joe Milicia, UW Sheboygan
Alayne Peterson, UW Fond du Lac
Forrest Aguirre, author

Saturday, April 18

Time: 11:15 a.m.
Location: Appleton City Center, Large Board Room
Pride and Prejudice, A Christmas Carol, Frankenstein: Who the Dickens Reads the Classics Today?

Malcolm Allen, UW Fox Valley
Jennifer Flatt, UW Marinette
Sheila Carmody, UW Waukesha
Tenille Nowak, UW Marathon
Rhonda Deitrich, UW Barron

Saturday, April 18

Time: 11:15 a.m.
Location: Lawrence University, Main Hall 216
Baseball Literature: The Writer's Game

Scott Emmert, UW Fox Valley
Greg Ahrenhoerster, UW Waukesha

Saturday, April 18

Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Neenah Public Library
So How Do I Get Published, Anyway?

Bill Gillard, UW Fox Valley
Chuck Rybak, UW Washington
Will Curl, UW Fox Valley

Posted 04/02/2009