Maria Flook is March 2 Eagle Pond Author’s Series Reader

February 26th, 2008 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H.–Maria Flook will read and discuss her work as the third reader in the 2007-2008 Eagle Pond Authors’ Series, March 2 at 3 p.m. at Plymouth State University.

Flook is writer-in-residence at Emerson College in Boston, where she teaches fiction writing.

Flook is the author of the nonfiction books, My Sister Life: The Story of My Sister’s Disappearance, Invisible Eden: A Story of Love and Murder on Cape Cod. Her fiction includes the novels Open Water, Family Night, which received a PEN American/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Special Citation, Lux, and a collection of stories, You Have the Wrong Man.

She has also published two collections of poetry, Sea Room and Reckless Wedding, winner of the Houghton Mifflin New Poetry Series and the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers award.

In an interview with Robert Birnbaum for Identitytheory.com
, Flook said of nonfiction, “Serious nonfiction usually addresses issues about the human grain and the human condition, events that have volatility or some distress involved. We are not writing books about people splashing in hot tubs after happy successes at work or full tilt easy street scenarios. I write about human problems. Human troubles cause distress. …My allegiance is to finding the truth that I can find about the human problem that I am looking at.”

Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review and The New Criterion. Her awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.

The Eagle Pond Authors’ Series is named for poet Donald 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. Readings, which are supported by a generous grant from the Plymouth State University Bookstore and Follett Higher Education Group, are followed by a reception and book signing.

There is no charge for admission, but free tickets are required. Contact 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 final readers in this year’s series will be Jeffrey Lent, April 6 and Margot Livesey, May 4.

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

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