September 8, 2004
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.- Novelist Susan Stinson will read from her work at 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 20, at Amherst Books at 8 Main Street. The event, sponsored by the Amherst College Creative Writing Center, is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Marilyn Wann describes Stinson's novel Venus of Chalk as satisfying "like that first long breath after a good cry; like a thorough spring cleaning; like a warm, clothing-optional hug." Her three earlier books offer similar pleasures: as Alice Sebold puts it, "Through an ardent faith in the written word, Susan Stinson is a novelist who translates a mundane world into the most poetic of possibilities." Her work, which has been published in The Kenyon Review, The Seneca Review and The Woman's Review of Books, has received the Benjamin Franklin Award in Fiction, as well as a number of fellowships. Stinson lives in Northampton, where she is currently at work on a novel about the 18th century theologian and preacher Jonathan Edwards.

The Amherst College Creative Writing Center puts on a yearly reading series featuring both emerging and established authors. More information is available at the center's Website