Next Up | Memoirist & Scholar Michael Clune

The New Writing Series welcomes memoirist and scholar Michael Clune to the University of Maine for a reading on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 4:30pm in the Allen and Sally Fernald APPE space in 104 Stewart Commons. The reading will be introduced by poet Jennifer Moxley and followed by a Q&A with the author. It is free and open to the public.

Clune is the author of Gamelife: A Memoir (2015), White Out: The Secret Life of Heroin (2013), Writing Against Time (2013), and American Literature and the Free Market (2010). He is currently Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University, and lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

Clune’s previous memoir, “White Out: The Secret Life of Heroin,” played out like a Proustian meditation on drug addiction. “Gamelife” is told in a similar fashion: a series of vignettes, each refracted through a single computer game. Together, they capture this kid’s emotional vulnerability as he tries to crack the code of fitting in. Getting invited over to a kid’s house after school proves more vexing than blowing up Hitler’s bunker in Beyond Castle Wolfenstein…. From wintry heartbreak overlaid by a trace of pixels comes the redemption of a lonely boy’s imagination. — Ethan Gilsdorf, New York Times

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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 New Writing Series 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 Fernald APPE space.

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