October 29, 2004
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.-Novelist Chris Bohjalian will read from his work at 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 8, in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College. Bohjalian is a 1982 graduate of the college. The event, sponsored by the Creative Writing Center, is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

"Few writers can manipulate a plot with Bohjalian's grace and power," wrote The New York Times Book Review-a talent that might explain the novelist's success: Midwives was a number-one New York Times bestseller and a selection of Oprah's Book Club, and Bohjalian's works-nine novels, including the new Before You Know Kindness-have been translated into 17 languages and twice become acclaimed movies. Bohjalian has written for a variety of magazines, including Cosmopolitan and the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine. His novel Water Witches is the first One Book/One Town selection for Northampton. He lives in Vermont with his wife and daughter.

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, www.amherst.edu/~cwc .