National Book Awards at Concordia
Mar 03, 2011
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AWARD-WINNING AUTHORS TAKE PART IN
SIXTH ANNUAL NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS AT CONCORDIA
Concordia College will present the sixth annual National Book Awards March 24-25. Authors Jaimy Gordon, the 2010 National Book Award winner in fiction, and John W. Dower, finalist in nonfiction, will be on campus for the featured Readings and Conversation hosted by NPR's Neal Conan at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24 in the Centrum, Knutson Campus Center.
Gordon, a Baltimore native, currently lives in Kalamazoo, Mich., where she teaches at Western Michigan University and in the Prague Summer Program for Writers. Her award-winning book, “Lord of Misrule,” follows five characters in the often violent world of cheap horse racing. Dower, professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, examines the cultures of war revealed by four powerful events – Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, 9-11 and the invasion of Iraq in the name of a war on terror in “Cultures of War.” He also won the National Book Award in 1999 for “Embracing Defeat.”
Conan is the host of "Talk of the Nation," the national news-talk call-in show from NPR News.
Gordon and Dower will also present lectures and master classes during their visit. Harold Augenbraum, executive director of the National Book Foundation, will also lead a master class.