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Date: October 1, 2003 (03-74)
Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970;
Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Montgomery College Hosts “Books and Ideas” Series
Author Wayne Karlin Discusses His Work on October 8

The fourth annual Books and Ideas literary series opens at Montgomery College's Rockville Campus on Wednesday, October 8, at 7:00 p.m., featuring novelist Wayne Karlin talking about "Traces of Invisible Trails:  Recreating and Reclaiming History Through Fiction."  Referred to as "one of the most gifted writers to emerge from the Vietnam War," Mr. Karlin will discuss and read from his most recent novel, “The Wished-for Country.”   

Jeff Biggers of the Bloombury Review describes “Wished-for Country” as "a convincing and deeply disturbing portrait of the bedeviled souls that formed the earliest tentacles of the Maryland colony in the mid-17th century.”  Karlin weaves the voices of those often left out of the American narrative, including an African slave, an indentured servant, a Piscataway Indian and a Jewish immigrant.

Books and Ideas continues on Wednesday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. with C.M. Mayo and her discussion, titled "Beyond Borders:  The Craft of Creative Nonfiction."  The founding editor of an annual bilingual journal of new writing from North America, Mayo will discuss her most recent work, “Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles Through Baja California, the Other Mexico.”  

On Wednesday, November 12 at 7:00 p.m. Books and Ideas features Kenneth Carroll in "The Difficult Miracle of the Black Poet:  The Black Literary Aesthetic."  A native Washingtonian, Carroll was nominated for the Mayor's Art Award for Outstanding Emerging Artist and Artistic Excellence.  Carroll is a founding member of The Spoken Word poetry-performance ensemble and 8Rock Writers Collective, an African-American cultural arts center. 

Books and Ideas is presented by the Paul Peck Humanities Institute at Montgomery College and funded in part by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.  All events are free and open to the public. 

Books and Ideas is held on Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus, 212 Macklin Tower.  For more information, contact the Paul Peck Humanities Institute at 240-567-7417.

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