February 2, 2006
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Novelist Alexander Chee will read from his work at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 6, 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.

Alexander Chee’s first novel, Edinburgh, grapples with sexual damage, longing and the great cost of secrecy. The New York Times described the book as “haunting,” and Annie Dillard wrote, “Edinburgh has the force of a dream and the heft of a life. And Alexander Chee is a brilliant new writer.” That novel won the Lambda Editor’s Choice Prize, and Chee has also been awarded an NEA Fellowship and The Whiting Writer’s Award. He lives in Rochester, N. Y., and has completed a new novel, The Queen of the Night, forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin in 2007.

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.