Fiction writer Kelly Link featured in Southeastern's ‘Common Read’ program

Wednesday, October 12, 2016Kelly Link
by: Rene Abadie

     HAMMOND – Kelly Link, a 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of several volumes of short stories, will visit Southeastern Louisiana University Oct. 26 as part of the university’s Common Read program.
     Sponsored by the Department of English and the Southeastern Writing Center, Common Read provides students and community members the opportunity to read selected works and then meet their contemporary author.
     Events that day include student presentations on the author’s work at 9:30 a.m., an 11 a.m. question and answer session with the author, and a 6:30 p.m. public reading by Link followed by a book signing and reception. All events are free and open to the public and will be held in the Student Union Theatre.
     Link’s latest collection of short stories, “Get in Trouble,” is her first for adult readers in a decade and features nine new haunting stories. Known for her fertile imagination, Link writes unconventional tales in what has been described as “magical realism,” incorporating a sense of sly humor.
     Among her short story collections are “My True Love Gave to Me,” “Monstrous Affections,” “Stranger Things Have Happened,” and “Steampunk!,” a Lotus Award finalist.
     Link earned her master of fine arts degree from the University of North Carolina. She and her husband are co-editors of the literary magazine “Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet.”
     “For several years now, we’ve sponsored a Common Read program, featuring a prominent, contemporary author, and it always serves as an exciting experience for our students,” said Department of English Head David Hanson. “By meeting and talking with an author who they’re studying in class, students gain a rare opportunity to see deeply into an author’s life of writing.”
     For more information, contact the Southeastern Department of English at 985-549-2100.

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