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Date: October 11, 2006
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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Local Authors to Discuss Writing at Montgomery College's 'Books and Ideas' Series
Mary Kay Zuravleff, Nancy Naomi Carlson and Peter Brown to Visit This Fall

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.

On Monday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m., Washington author Mary Kay Zuravleff will visit the College’s Rockville Campus, Faculty Dining Room, located in the Campus Center, 51 Mannakee Street.

On Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m., poet Nancy Naomi Carlson and novelist Peter Brown will discuss their works at the College’s Germantown Campus, Room 216 of the High Technology and Science Center, 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown.

Both talks are free and open to the public.

Zuravleff, the author of two books, will talk on the subject of “There is No Truth: There is Only Point of View.” Her most recent book is “The Bowl Is Already Broken.” Her first novel, “The Frequency of Souls,” won the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the James Jones First Novel Award. Zuravleff’s work has also appeared in magazines. She currently teaches creative writing at George Mason University.

Nancy Naomi Carlson and Peter Brown’s talk is entitled “Opposites Attract.” Carlson is the author of “Kings Highway,” “Complications of the Heart,” and “Imperfect Seal of Lips.” She teaches at the Bethesda Writer’s Center and serves as an associate editor for Tupelo Press. Nominated five times for a Pushcart Prize, her poems and translations have appeared in such journals as Chelsea, Colorado Review, Poetry, and The Southern Review. Peter Brown is author of the novel “Ruthie Black,” which is based upon his story that won first prize in the 2003-2004 O. Henry Festival competition. It has been endorsed by The Faulkner Society of Pirate's Alley, New Orleans. He is an associate editor of Potomac Review, a literary publication published at Montgomery College.

Sponsored by Montgomery College’s Paul Peck Humanities Institute, 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 301-251-7417. To request accommodations for a disability, call 251-7417 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 more than 55,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.


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