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Dybek to read, sign latest book at Waldo Library event

Nov. 12, 2003

KALAMAZOO--One of Western Michigan University's most acclaimed authors will be at Waldo Library Wednesday, Nov. 19, to read from and sign his latest book.

Stuart Dybek, professor of English, will give a brief reading and then sign copies of "I Sailed With Magellan" from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Edwin and Mary Meader Rare Book Room on the third floor of Waldo Library. Copies of the book will be on sale at the event for $25.50 by Athena Books. Cash, check or credit card payments will be accepted.

Published this month by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, "I Sailed With Magellan" chronicles in 11 stories the Chicago escapades of Perry Katzek.

"A powerful, cumulative portrait," says Publisher's Weekly. "These beautifully written stories teem with aching recollections. They are lyrical odes to wasted lives, youthful desires, vanishing innocence and the transformative power of memory." In Library Journal, the reviewer raves, "a remarkable novel. Strongly recommended for all fiction collections."

Dybek is the author of two collections of short fiction, "The Coast of Chicago" and "Childhood and Other Neighborhoods," as well as a volume of poetry, "Brass Knuckles." His writing has been frequently anthologized and has appeared in numerous periodicals, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's and Poetry. Among the many honors he has received for his work are a PEN/Bernard Malamud Prize, a Whiting Writer's Award, several O. Henry Prizes, and a Pushcart Prize. His next work, a collection of poems titled "Streets in Their Own Ink," is slated to be published next year.

Media contact: Jessica English, 269 387-8400, jessica.english@wmich.edu

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