Submitted by Patricia M. Allen
September 10, 2007
Contact: Stacey Schmeidel
Director of Public Affairs

AMHERST, Mass.—Author Mark Costello will read from his work at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, in Pruyne Lecture Hall at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Amherst College Creative Writing Center, the event is open to the public at no charge.

The co-author, with David Foster Wallace, of Signifying Rappers: Rap and Race in the Urban Present, Mark Costello wrote his first novel, Bag Men, under the pseudonym John Flood while working as a federal prosecutor. But he was nominated as himself for a National Book Award for Big If, his story about a Secret Service agent, politics and paranoia. Writing for The New York Times, Jay McInerney called Big If “a dazzling performance….With this second novel, Costello enters the big leagues of American fiction.”

The Amherst College Creative Writing Center sponsors a yearly reading series featuring both emerging and established authors. For more information, please call 413/542-8200.

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