Puget Sound English Department

February 23, 2011

Two Events with Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Former Puget Sound English Department member Dolen Perkins-Valdez will be back on campus on Monday, February 28, to offer two events:

11 a.m., in the Rotunda, “The Practice (Of the Writing Life)”

3 p.m., Wyatt 326, “The Slings and Arrows of the Publishing World”

Both events are free and open to members of the campus community. For further information, please contact Beverly Conner: bconner@pugetsound.edu

You can find further information about Perkins-Valdez, and about her acclaimed debut novel Wench at her website. Wench (Amistad, $14.99) deals with an unfamiliar aspect of American history: a resort where wealthy white men once vacationed with their slave mistresses.

September 21, 2010

Reminders: Two Thursday evening events with our faculty!

Two essential reminders for your calendars:

1. This Thursday, September 23, please join us in Trimble Forum, where Professor Laurie Frankel will be featured at our informal coffeehouse event. Rumor has it she will be leading a conversation about the publication of her novel, The Atlas of Love, in light of recent media attention on the perhaps unconscious biases toward male authors. Bring your questions and comments, buy a copy of her book and have it signed, nibble a brownie or two. 5:30-7 p.m.

2. The following Thursday, September 30, at 7 p.m., Professor Bill Kupinse will read his work at
Gig Harbor Library (4423 Point Fosdick Dr NW, Gig Harbor, 253-851-3793) as part of the Peninsula Library Poetry Series. Professor Kupinse says, “I’ll be reading older poems from my book Fallow, but also sharing some new work from an in-process verse reinterpretation of The Tower Treasure, the first book in the Hardy Boys series. As anyone who has read the 1927 adventure book knows, The Tower Treasure really is a poem trapped in novel form; my goal is to let it out. Yes, I have my fingers crossed that I’ll attract an eventual lawsuit from Hardy Boys publishers Grosset and Dunlap, now a subsidiary of Pearson; it’s always nice to be noticed.”

Looking ahead, Professor Julie Christoph will be featured at the next “Coffeehouse” Conversation: Monday, October 7, 2010. We’ll keep you updated.

August 31, 2010

Mark your calendars: Professor Kupinse Reads in Gig Harbor

Professor Bill Kupinse, former Poet Laureate of Tacoma, will be giving a poetry reading Thursday, September 30 at 7 p.m. at the Gig Harbor Library (4423 Point Fosdick Dr NW, Gig Harbor, 253-851-3793) as part of the Peninsula Library Poetry Series. The reading will include older poems from his book Fallow, and some of his new work from an in-process verse reinterpretation of The Tower Treasure, the first book in the Hardy Boys series. Professor Kupinse writes: “As anyone who has read the 1927 adventure book knows, The Tower Treasure really is a poem trapped in novel form; my goal is to let it out. Yes, I have my fingers crossed that I’ll attract an eventual lawsuit from Hardy Boys publishers Grosset and Dunlap, now a subsidiary of Pearson; it’s always nice to be noticed.”

We hope to see many of you there–

August 20, 2010

More on The Atlas of Love

A Seattle Times review.

Plans are in the works for a reading/conversation on the Puget Sound campus with Professor Frankel. The tentative date is September 23, and there will be copies of her book available for purchase. More as the plans coalesce.

March 24, 2010

Reminder: Creative Writing Days–TODAY

TODAY AND TOMORROW ON CAMPUS

Tonight (Weds.) 7-9 p.m., Readings and Book Signing with faculty authors Dolen Perkins-Valdez, author of the novel Wench, and Ann Putnam, author of Full Moon at Noontide: A Daughter’s Last Goodbye. This event takes place in the Murray Boardroom and Reception Area and is open to the university community and the public.

On Thursday, March 25, there will be a reading of fiction and poetry, featuring faculty writers Beverly Conner, Erik Ellis, Laurie Frankel, Bill Kupinse, Hans Ostrom, and Lynn Sokei, from 4-6:30 p.m., in Trimble Forum. This event is open to the university community and the public.