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March 14-17: Good Thunder Reading Series

Author Chris Bachelder will lead writing workshops, a "talk on craft" and read from his work during visit.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Good Thunder Reading Series News Release, 3-6-2017

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato will host author Chris Bachelder from March 14-17 for the Good Thunder Reading Series’ Eddice B. Barber Visiting Writer Residency.

Bachelder is the third of four writers and poets that will be on campus for this spring’s Good Thunder Reading Series.

Bachelder will lead writing workshops each day March 14-17 from 10-11 a.m. at the Emy Frentz Gallery (523 S. Second St. in Mankato), and a “Talk on Craft” from 3-4 p.m. Thursday, March 16, on the Minnesota State Mankato campus in the Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium. Bachelder will read from his work on Thursday, March 16 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union, Room 245.

All Good Thunder Reading Series events are free and open to the public.

Bachelder is an author of “Bear V. Shark, U.S.!,” “Abbott Awaits” and “The Throwback Special.” Foreign editions of his novels have been published in the U.K., Italy, Spain, France, Germany and Russia.

Bachelder's short fiction and essays have appeared in McSweeney’s, The Believer, Harper’s, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, The Massachusetts Review, Black Warrior Review, Subtropics and other publications.

Bachelder has been a faculty member at the University of Cincinnati since 2011 and previously taught at the University of Massachusetts, Colorado College and New Mexico State.

The Good Thunder Reading Series is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

The 2016-17 Good Thunder Reading Series also receives support from Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of English, College of Arts and Humanities, Office of Institutional Diversity, the Nadine B. Andreas Endowment, the Eddice B. Barber Visiting Writer Endowment, the Robert C. Wright Endowment and individual donors. The Arts Center of St. Peter, the Twin Rivers Council of the Arts and Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Minnesota State Mankato offer additional assistance.

For photos or more information, contact Diana Joseph at or 507-389-5144.


Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,110 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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