November 9, 2005
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Richard Todd will read from his work at 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14, in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Amherst College Creative Writing Center and the Scott Turow Fund, this reading and a reception to follow are free and open to the public.

A 1962 graduate of Amherst College and formerly an editor at the Atlantic Monthly, Todd has published books under his own imprint at Houghton Mifflin, where his authors included Tracy Kidder and Ann Patchett. His essays and cultural reportage have appeared in The Atlantic, Harper's, The New York Times and other magazines. He is currently completing a book, The Thing Itself, a meditation on the problem of authenticity through such diverse phenomena as famous people, sincerity, television and memoir.

The Amherst College Creative Writing Center organizes an annual reading series featuring both emerging and established authors. See the center's Website,, for more information.