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Date: April 10, 2003 (03-32)
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Author Joyce Reiser Kornblatt to Speak at Montgomery College April 23
Award-Winning Novelist’s Talk at Rockville Campus is
Part of ‘Books and Ideas’ Series

Montgomery College’s Paul Peck Humanities Institute, through its “Books and Ideas” series, will feature award-winning novelist Joyce Reiser Kornblatt on Wednesday, April 23 at 7 p.m. in Room 212 of the Macklin Tower on the Rockville Campus.

            Kornblatt is professor of English and creative writing at the University of Maryland, College Park, and is the author of four novels: Nothing to Do with Love, White Water, Breaking Bread, and The Reason for Wings. She is currently working on a new novel, as well as a nonfiction book about grief. She was honored in the O'Henry Awards Best Short Stories of the Year competition in 1986, and won a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction in 1985.

            Writing for The New York Times Book Review, critic Barbara Thompson said of Kornblatt’s prose, “The narrative voice is strong, clear, womanly—this is someone you believe, whether she is relating the simple and circumstantial events of daily life or the convoluted histories of flight and resettlement she can only have heard second—or third hand or, as she tells us, ‘dreamed.’”

            “Books and Ideas” is a series of six literary events celebrating the work of local historians, critics, poets, or novelists of influence and stature. In 2002-2003, “Books and Ideas” brought Hilary Tham, Michael Dirda, Lisa Couturier, Naomi Ayala, Robert Giron, Teresa Bevin, and Joyce Reiser Kornblatt to Montgomery College.

            For more information, please contact the Paul Peck Humanities Institute at 240-567-7417 or Professor Judy Gaines at 240-567-7452.

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