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Date: September 16, 2004 (04-81) 

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Award-Winning Authors Slated for Montgomery College’s “Books and Ideas”
Novelist Howard Norman, Poet Jane Shore Begin Reading Series Oct. 6 

            The Paul Peck Humanities Institute at Montgomery College invites the public to learn about writing and to speak with authors at its fall “Books and Ideas” reading series.  Poet Jane Shore and her husband, novelist Howard Norman, will open the series on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m., at the College’s Rockville Campus, Music Building, Recital Hall, Room 126, 51 Mannakee Street in Rockville.  Journalist and syndicated columnist Tom Philpott will speak at the Rockville Campus on Thursday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m., in the Campus Center Building, Student Lounge, located at 51 Mannakee Street in Rockville.  Kelly Huegel, author of two self-help books for teens, will close the fall series on Wednesday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m., at the College’s Takoma Park Campus, Campus Commons Building, Bliss Room, 7600 Takoma Avenue in Takoma Park.

            Poet Jane Shore has authored four books of poems –“Eye Level,” which won the 1977 Juniper Prize; “The Minute Hand,” which won the 1986 Lamont Award; “Music Minus One,” a 1996 National Book Critics Circle Award nominee; and “Happy Family,” published in 1999.  In addition, she has received fellowships from the Guggenheim, Bunting, and National Endowment for the Arts.  Currently, Shore teaches graduate writing at George Washington University. 

            Shore and her husband, novelist Howard Norman, will share the stage on Wednesday, Oct. 6 to discuss the topic of “Our Writing Life.”  Norman is the author of “The Northern Lights,” “The Bird Artist,” “The Museum Guard,” and “The Haunting of L.”  While spending several years in Canada, Norman learned Indian dialects of the region and recorded folk tales from the Inuit and Algonquin tribes.  Those experiences shaped his children’s books, such as “The Girl Who Dreamed Only Geese and Other Tales of the Far North,” “Trickster” and “The Fainting Birds.”  Currently, he teaches creative writing at the University of Maryland, College Park.

            Syndicated columnist Tom Philpott, who will appear at Montgomery College on Thursday, Nov. 4, will give a talk entitled “Glory Denied: The Crafting of an Oral History.”  Philpott authored a book of the same title, “Glory Denied: The Saga of Jim Thompson, America’s Longest-Held Prisoner of War,” about Jim Thompson’s nine years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.  The book has since been adapted by a University of Oregon history professor for a course on Vietnam and has inspired an opera.

            “Healing Words” is the title of author Kelly Huegel’s talk at Montgomery College on December 8.  Huegel’s first book, “Young People and Chronic Illness: True Stories, Help, and Hope,” was on the American Library Association’s Voice of Youth Advocates list for non-fiction.  Her second book, “GLTBQ: The Survival Guide for Queer and Questioning Teens,” won the 2004 Benjamin Franklin, 2004 IPPY Award, and the New York Public Library “Book for the Teen Age” award.  Huegel, a graduate of Hood College, currently works for the Henry M. Jackson Foundation in Rockville.

            The “Books and Ideas” series is funded in part by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.  To request accommodations for a disability at the “Books and Ideas” series, please call 240- 567-7417 at least two weeks in advance.  For more information, contact The Paul Peck Humanities Institute at 240-567-7417.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park, plus workforce development and continuing education centers in Gaithersburg, Wheaton and  Silver Spring. The College serves nearly 50,000 students a year, through both credit and non-credit programs, in more than 100 areas of study. 

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