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Fiction, nonfiction writer Debra Monroe to read, discuss writing

Good Thunder event

Texas writer Debra Monroe; Talking about delicate craft of writing.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [10-31-11]

Texas fiction and creative nonfiction writer Debra Monroe will read from her work and discuss the craft of writing in a Good Thunder Reading Series event at Minnesota State University, Mankato Thursday, Nov. 10.

Monroe will read from her published work in a free, public event at 7:30 p.m. in Room 284 of Centennial Student Union. She will meet with community writers that morning, and will lead a discussion on the craft of writing at 3 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium.

An interview with Monroe, part of the “Authors in Transit” series, will air on KMSU 89.7 FM Thursday at 1 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m.

The reading and discussion are free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Monroe has written four books of fiction and one memoir, On the Outskirts of Normal, which has received rave reviews from Vanity Fair,, O: the Oprah magazine, and Barnes & Noble Review. Her previous books include two collections of stories and two novels which also have been widely reviewed and won many awards.

She teaches in the MFA program at Texas State University.

This year’s Good Thunder Reading Series is funded by the 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 a Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Library Services and the Barnes & Noble Bookstore offer additional assistance.

Those who want more information may call Candace Black, Department of English, at (507) 389-2680, or go to

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,649 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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