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2016-2017 Good Thunder Reading Series Features Six Events

Series will host nine writers in its 35th year.

Good Thunder Reading Series News Release, 8-12-2016

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s 2016-2017 Good Thunder Reading Series will host nine writers during six events in the series’ 35th year.

The annual Good Thunder Reading Series invites emerging and established writers to Mankato to meet with community writers and readers, be interviewed on public radio, lead discussions on the craft of writing, and read from their published works.

All events are open to the public. For more details and specific locations of each event, please visit the Good Thunder Reading Series website.

Cited by the Minnesota Humanities Commission as “the premier small-town reading series in the country,” the series is intended to reflect the diversity and vitality found in contemporary writing.

The fall 2016 Good Thunder Reading Series will feature:

  • Thursday-Friday, Sept. 15-16: Novelist, journalist and creative nonfiction writer Diana Spechler.
  • Wednesday-Thursday, Oct. 19-20: Novelist Julie Otsuka will be here for the annual Nadine B. Andreas Visiting Writer Residency in partnership with the University’s Common Read Program. Poet Christopher Hopkins is the 2016-17 Andreas graduate assistant.
  • Thursday-Friday, Nov. 10-11 (Minnesota State Mankato Alumni Reading): Poets and creative nonfiction writers Brian Turner and Dunya Mikhail.

The spring 2017 series will feature:

  • Thursday, Feb. 2 (Robert C. Wright Minnesota Writer Residency): Poet Jennifer Kwon Dobbs and fiction writer Amanda Malone.
  • Tuesday-Friday, March 14-17 (Eddice B. Barber Visiting Writer Residency): Fiction and creative nonfiction writer Chris Bachelder.
  • Thursday-Friday, April 6-7: Poet and creative nonfiction writer Nick Flynn.

The Good Thunder Reading Series began in 1982 and has committed itself since to programs that balance emerging and established talent drawn from Minnesota, the Upper Midwest, and the rest of the nation.

The Good Thunder Reading Series is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, 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 more information contact Diana Joseph, at or 507-389-5144.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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