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Date: September 21, 2007
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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Local Authors to Give Readings, Talk Writing at Montgomery College’s ‘Books and Ideas’ Series
Piotr Gwiazda, Courttia Newland and Faye Satterly to Visit This Fall

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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. All talks by authors are free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, October 3, author and poet Piotr Gwiazda will visit the College’s Germantown Campus to give a reading from his works. Gwiazda’s talk will take place will take place at 7 p.m. in Room 216 of the High Technology and Science Center, 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown.

On Monday, October 15 at 7 p.m., novelist Courttia Newland will read and talk about about his works at the Rockville Campus, Faculty/Staff Dining Room, 51 Mannakee Street in Rockville.

Author Faye Satterly will give a talk on Wednesday, November 7 at 1 p.m. Satterly, the cancer services director at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Virginia, will speak at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, Room 222 of the Health Sciences Center, 7977 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring.

The first author, Gwiazda on Oct. 3, has written “Gagarin Street,” a volume of poetry, and the critical study “James Merrill and W.H. Auden: Homosexuality and Poetic Influence.” His writings, from poetry to essays and reviews, have appeared in literary journals and other publications. He is an assistant professor of English at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he teaches courses in modern and contemporary literature.

Author Courttia Newland was born in Hammersmith, west London, where his highly acclaimed first novel, “The Scholar,” is set. His second book, “Society Within,” is a collection of short stories. In his latest novel, “Snakeskin,” a black politician is shocked by the police investigation into the murder of his daughter. Newland is the editor of “IC3: The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain.” His plays include the acclaimed “The Far Side” and “Mother's Day,” which premiered at the Lyric Studio Hammersmith in 2002. He is currently writing the screenplay for a film adaptation of “The Scholar.”

Faye Satterly, R.N. is cancer services director at Martha Jefferson Hospital. She has been a registered nurse for 20 years, and served as cancer services director for twelve years. She is the author of the nonfiction book “Where Have All the Nurses Gone: The Impact of the Nursing Shortage on American Healthcare.” Satterly is currently working on a novel focusing on the mental health crisis provoked by deinstitutionalization. In her talk, which is co-sponsored by the Montgomery College nursing program at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, Satterly will address the demographics of Montgomery County, the impact on health care quality and availability as our current "boomer" generation ages.

The “Books and Ideas” series celebrates the work and creativity of talented writers—novelists, biographers, poets, playwrights, historians, critics—who live in the greater Washington area. Each author offers a free evening reading and discussion for the public. This program is funded in part by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

For more information, contact the College’s Paul Peck Humanities Institute at 240-567-7417. To request accommodations for a disability, call 240-567-7417 at least two weeks before the event.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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