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Sept. 12: Good Thunder Reading Series

The 32nd season of the series begins with author Tracy Kidder.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Good Thunder Reading Series News Release

Minnesota State Mankato’s Good Thunder Reading Series kicks off its 32nd season when National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning nonfiction writer Tracy Kidder conducts a residency on Thursday, September 12. Kidder will meet with community writers in the morning and be interviewed on KMSU 89.7 FM. At 3:00 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Ostrander Auditorium, he will lead a discussion on the craft of writing and his recent book Good Prose. At 7:30 p.m. in CSU Room 253, he will deliver a talk, "Another Set of Eyes," about the writer/editor relationship. All events are free and open to the public.

Tracy Kidder graduated from Harvard and studied at the University of Iowa. He has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Award, and many other literary prizes. The author of Strength in What Remains, Mountains Beyond Mountains, My Detachment, Home Town, Old Friends, Among Schoolchildren, House, and The Soul of a New Machine, Kidder lives in Massachusetts and Maine.

Kidder's book Strength in What Remains will also be used as an MSU Common Read and be featured in several events the day before, on Wednesday, September 11.

This year’s Good Thunder Reading Series is funded by the Minnesota State Mankato Department of English, the College of Arts and 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. This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the State's arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008. Additionally, this activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. MSU Library Services and the Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Minnesota State offer additional assistance.

For more information about the series, contact Richard Robbins at the MSU Mankato Department of English, 507.389.1354, or see the web site at

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