Submitted by Holly R. Saltrelli

November 8, 2007
Contact: Katherine Duke '05
Caroline Jenkins Hanna
Director of Media Relations


** Editor’s Note: The original text of this release listed the time of the reading as 6 p.m. It is actually 8 p.m. We regret any confusion this has caused.

Amherst, Mass.—Authors Nalini Jones and Shauna Seliy will read from their respective debut works of fiction at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Amherst Books (8 Main Street, Amherst, Mass.). Sponsored by the Amherst College Creative Writing Center, the event is open to the public at no charge.

Jones’ What You Call Winter is a collection of inter-connected stories set in a Catholic suburb of Mumbai. Brad Leithauser has praised it for “the familiar virtues for which we keep returning to short stories: empathy, breadth, the joys in paced concealment and revelation.” Seliy’s When We Get There, is an elegiac coming-of-age novel set in the Pennsylvania coal country of the 1970’s. Alexander Chee has called it “an exhilarating first novel about what is love and what is not love … [W]ith it, Seliy shows herself to be one of our country’s best new writers.”

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.