November 3, 2011: UNH Writers Series presents Kevin Brockmeier
Please join us for a Writers Series event featuring award-winning novelist Kevin Brockmeier. You are welcome to invite friends, family, and colleagues to this event. This event is free and open to the public.
Date: Thursday, November 17th, 2011
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: MUB Theatre I
Kevin Brockmeier is the author of the novels The Illumination (2011), The Brief History of the Dead, and The Truth About Celia; the children's novels City of Names and Grooves: A Kind of Mystery; and the story collections Things That Fall from the Sky and The View from the Seventh Layer. His work has been translated into sixteen languages, and he has published his stories in such venues as The New Yorker, The Georgia Review, McSweeney's, Zoetrope, Tin House, The Oxford American, The Best American Short Stories, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, and New Stories from the South. He has received the Borders Original Voices Award, three O. Henry Awards (one a first prize), the PEN USA Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an NEA Grant. Recently he was named one of Granta magazine's Best Young American Novelists. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he was raised.
Praise for Kevin Brockmeier & The Illumination
“Spectacular …. Underscoring (his characters’) conflicts is the haunting, harrowing, and deeply hypnotic pull of Brockmeier’s lush language, where even the direst pain becomes poetic.”
“In Brockmeier’s spectacular latest . . . pain manifests itself as visible light after a mysterious event called “the Illumination,” revealing humanity to be mortally wounded. . . Brockmeier’s careful reading of his characters’ hearts and minds gives readers an inspiring take on suffering and the often fleeting nature of connection.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Some writers show us the world we live in. Brockmeier shows us, instead, the one we might live in if only we had a little more imagination.”
—Los Angeles Times
“By the end, I imagined that if I tore a page from the novel itself, the binding would give off a sharp and penetrating light.”
—Alan Cheuse, NPR’s All Things Considered
“Stunningly original . . . this gorgeously written book will still stay with them long after the last page is turned.”
“This is a radiant, bewitching, and profoundly inquisitive novel of sorrow, perseverance, and wonderment.”
—Booklist, starred review
For more information about this event or any of our Writers Series speakers, please contact the UNH English Department: (603) 862-1313. The UNH Writers Series is made possible with the support of the MacArthur/Simic and Edmund G. Miller funds.