March 7, 2008
Contact: Caroline Jenkins Hanna
Director of Media Relations
AMHERST, Mass.—Author Stephanie Grant will read from her work at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, 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.
Grant’s first novel, The Passion of Alice, was nominated for Britain’s Orange Prize for Women Writers and the Lambda Award for Best Lesbian Fiction. Her new novel, Map of Ireland, is a contemporary retelling of Huckleberry Finn that Publisher’s Weekly described as “funny and startlingly frank”: “Grant expertly captures the confusion, angst, and insightfulness of a teenager dealing with race and sexual relations in a turbulent era.” Formerly writer-in-residence at Mount Holyoke College, Grant is currently visiting writer at the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University.
Every year, the Amherst College Creative Writing Center sponsors a reading series featuring both emerging and established authors. All events are wheelchair-accessible and followed by refreshments. For more information, please call 413/542-8200.