The UMaine New Writing Series presents a reading by Diane Cook, author most recently of Man V. Nature: Stories, on Thursday, November 20, at 4:30pm in the Allen and Sally Fernald APPE space in 104 Stewart Commons. The reading will be introduced by Gregory Howard and followed by a Q&A. It is free and open to the public.
Diane Cook’s fiction has been published in Harper’s Magazine, Granta, Tin House, Zoetrope, One Story, Guernica, and elsewhere. Her nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times Magazine and on This American Life, where she worked as a radio producer for six years. She earned an MFA from Columbia University, where she was a Teaching Fellow. She lives in Oakland, California.
“Masterful… Each darkly comic modern fable reveals our societal preoccupations—with status, sex, motherhood, belonging—for what they really are: thin veneers over our ever-present animal selves, ready to crack at the merest provocation. A book that’ll grab your attention and keep you thinking.” —Helene Wecker, author of THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI
“Here’s a good rule: If Diane Cook wrote it, read it.” —Man V. Nature in The Boston Globe
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The UMaine New Writing Series was founded in 1999 and is sponsored by the English Department and the National Poetry Foundation with support from the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, The Fiddlehead Fund, the Lloyd H. Elliott Fund, the Milton Ellis Memorial Fund, the Honors College, the University of Maine Humanities Center, and the Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series Committee. Grateful acknowledgment is made to the IMRC, and to donors Allen and Sally Fernald, for use of the APPE Black Box space.
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