February 2, 2006
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Short story writer Julie Orringer will read from her work at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20, in Fayerweather 113 at Amherst College. This event, sponsored by the Creative Writing Center, is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The New York Times Book Review called Julie Orringer “a major new talent” and describe her debut story collection, How to Breathe Underwater, as a “dark and beautiful book.” The Los Angeles Times wrote, “Orringer’s engaging wit, her eye for social detail, her ear for patterns of speech and thought, and her insights into human nature proclaim her a writer to be reckoned with.” The book and its individual stories received more than a dozen distinguished awards, including two Pushcart Prizes and the Northern California Book Award. Orringer lives and teaches in San Francisco, where she is at work on a novel.

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