January 15, 2004
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.- Novelist Katharine Stall will read from her work on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 4:30 p.m. in the Babbott Room in the Octagon at Amherst College. The reading and refreshments afterwards, sponsored by the Amherst College English Department and the Center for Creative Writing, are free and open to the public.

Katharine Stall's first novel, Den of Thieves, has been described as an intensely moral thriller-what author Harvey Cox has termed "a kind of theological Catch-22." The New York Times praised the novel for having both "a conscience and a sense of humor." Stall is at work on a second book, Dr. Zen, which examines the implications of random violence. Stall has been a Fellow at both the Bread Loaf Conference and the Iowa Writer's Workshop, as well as a resident at the MacDowell Colony. She currently works as a writing tutor in the African-American Studies Program at Wesleyan University.

The Amherst College Creative Writing Center puts on a yearly reading series featuring both emerging and established authors. For more information see the Center's Website, www.amherst.edu/~cwc, or call 413/542-8200 for more information.