Jeffrey Lent is April 6 Eagle Pond Author’s Series Reader

March 18th, 2008 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H.—Novelist Jeffrey Lent will read and discuss his work as the fourth reader in the 2007-2008 Eagle Pond Authors’ Series, April 6 at 3 p.m. at Plymouth State University.

Lent’s first two novels, In the Fall and Lost Nation, have been published across the English-speaking world and translated into several languages. Both were Notable Books of the Year in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Christian Science Monitor, and have been optioned for film.

A third novel, Peculiar Grace, was published in 2007 and Elegy is anticipated next year.

Lent’s novels are set in Vermont, where he has lived on farms off and on for most of his life, and in New Hampshire. “Writing is not concrete. Taking a break from it and cleaning stalls, working in the fields, this is where I get my spiritual health and well-being,” Lent said in an interview by Patricia Lyon-Surrey for Bear Pond Books in Montpelier, Vt.

A highly literary writer, Jeffrey Lent has been likened to Cormac McCarthy, “a comparison borne out in this lovely, slow-moving river of a novel [Peculiar Grace] and its ability to capture the voluptuousness of a man’s solitude” according to Entertainment Weekly. Lent, however, attributes some of his style to his love of William Faulkner’s work, which he discovered and read in four months when he was 19, Lyon-Surrey reported.

“One of the reasons for fiction is that our lives can somehow become more alive between pages. What Jeffrey Lent does is allow us slowly into other lives—full of dignity and loss and rebound, and somehow he manages to make these lives our own,” said Colum McCann.

The reading will be introduced by series namesake Donald Hall, who will join Lent for a book signing after the program.

There is no charge for admission, but free tickets are required. Call the Silver Center box
office at (603) 535-ARTS. Box office hours are noon – 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and one hour before performances.

The Eagle Pond Authors’ Series is named for Hall’s ancestral home in Wilmot which has inspired much of his work. This series brings to campus some of the most widely read and revered authors of our time. The readings are supported by a generous grant from the Plymouth State University Bookstore and Follett Higher Education Group.

The final reader in this year’s series will be Margot Livesey on May 4.

For series information contact Diane Jeffrey, director of the Silver Center, at (603) 535-2874 or by e-mail to

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