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Nov. 14: Good Thunder Reading Series

Fiction and creative non-fiction writer Luis Alberto Urrea and Andreas graduate assistant Angela Duryee featured.


Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Good Thunder Reading Series completes its fall lineup when it hosts creative nonfiction writer Angela Duryee and fiction and creative nonfiction writer Luis Alberto Urrea for the Nadine B. Andreas Visiting Writer Residency on Thursday, November 14. Urrea will meet with community writers in Centennial Student Union Room 238 in the morning and be interviewed on KMSU 89.7 FM. At 3 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Ostrander Auditorium, he will lead a discussion on the craft of writing. At 7:30 p.m. in CSU Room 253, he will join Duryee to read from their current work. All events are free and open to the public.

Angela Duryee (pictured left), the Andreas Graduate Assistant for 2013-14, went to Southwest Minnesota State University and Minnesota State University as an undergraduate. She is now a third-year MFA candidate in creative writing, concentrating in creative nonfiction.

Luis Alberto Urrea (pictured below, right) is a prolific and award-winning writer. He is a master of language and a gifted storyteller who uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore greater themes of love, loss and triumph. The author of fourteen books, Luis Urrea has published extensively in many genres and has received many prestigious awards, including the Pacific Rim Kiriyama Prize, the Western States Book Award, the Lannan Literary Award, and the Edgar Award. The Devil’s Highway, his 2004 nonfiction account of a group of Mexican immigrants lost in the Arizona desert, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Collectively, Urrea's books have been chosen by more than thirty different cities and colleges across the country for One Book community-read programs. His most recent book is the novel Queen of America.

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 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. Minnesota State University Library Services and the Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Minnesota State offer additional assistance.

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

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