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Novelist, rights activist Ru Freeman to visit April 28

Good Thunder Reading Series

Novelist Ru Freeman to discuss writing at Good Thunder event.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [4-26-11]

Sri Lankan-American novelist and workers’-rights activist Ru Freeman will be featured in discussions with students and readings from her novel in the final Good Thunder Reading Series event at Minnesota State Mankato Thursday, April 28.

On Thursday morning Freeman will meet with community writers in an informal question-answer session in Centennial Student Union Room 238. At 3 p.m. she will lead a discussion about the craft of writing in Ostrander Auditorium. At 7:30 p.m. she will read from her published work in Centennial Student Union Room 253.

An interview with Freeman, part of the “Authors in Transit” series on public radio station KMSU 89.7 FM, will air at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 28, and at 11 a.m. Friday, April 29.

All events are free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Freeman’s debut novel, A Disobedient Girl, will be published in Dutch, Italian, Chinese, Portuguese and Hebrew. Her political writing has appeared in English and in translation, and her creative work has appeared or is forthcoming in Guernica, Story Quarterly, Crab Orchard Review, WriteCorner Press, Kaduwa and elsewhere, and was nominated for the Best New American Voices anthologies in 2006 and 2008.

She calls both Sri Lanka and the United States home. She was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka. After a year of informal study at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia, she attended Bates College in Maine. She completed her master’s in labor relations at the University of Colombo, and worked in American and international humanitarian assistance and workers’ rights.

Freeman’s visit was re-scheduled from January after winter weather prevented her from getting to Mankato.

This year’s Good Thunder Reading Series is funded by the Minnesota State Mankato Department of English, the College of Arts & Humanities, the Office of Institutional Diversity, the Nadine B. Andreas Endowment, the Eddice B. Barber Visiting Writer Endowment, the Robert C. Wright Endowment and individual donors. It is made possible by grants from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council and the Minnesota State Arts Board, from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Library Services and the Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Minnesota State Mankato offer additional assistance.

Those who want more information about the series may call Richard Robbins, (507) 389-1354, or go to

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,393 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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