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Nov. 20: Good Thunder Reading Series

Fiction writer Bonnie Jo Campbell is the next featured writer in the Good Thunder Reading Series.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of English News Release, 11-17-2014

On Thursday, November 20, fiction writer Bonnie Jo Campbell will visit Minnesota State University, Mankato where she will answer questions about writing, present a craft talk, and give a reading. All events are free and open to the public.

She will be holding an informal question and answer session from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in  Centennial Student Union Room 202. Craft Talk will be held from 3 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Ostrander Auditorium. She will also be having a reading and book signing from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Room 245. Books will be available for purchase.

Bonnie Jo Campbell's collection "Women and Other Animals," won the AWP prize for short fiction, and details the lives of extraordinary females in rural and small town Michigan. Her first novel, Q Road, delves into the lives of a rural community where development pressures are bringing unwelcome change in the character of the land. Her short fiction collection "American Salvage" was finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critic’s Circle Award. Her national bestselling novel "Once Upon a River" tells the story of a river odyssey with an unforgettable sixteen-year-old heroine, which the New York Times Book Review declares, is "an excellent American parable about the consequences of our favorite ideal, freedom."

The 2014–2015 Good Thunder Reading Series is funded by Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of English, College of Arts and Humanities, Office of Institutional Diversity, Library Services, the Nadine B. Andreas Endowment, the Eddice B. Barber Visiting Writer Endowment, the Robert C. Wright Endowment, and individual donors. Minnesota State University Barnes & Noble Bookstore offer additional assistance. This activity is also made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriate from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Series contact: Diana Joseph, Series Director,, 507-389-5144

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