FSU’s Center for Literary Arts Hosts a Reading by Award-Winning Author
Frostburg State University’s Center for Literary Arts will host a reading by author and poet Gerald Duff on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Lyric Theatre at 20 E. Main St. in Frostburg, as a part of the 2018 Fall Reading Series.
Duff has published 18 books, which include short stories, novels, poems and nonfiction. One of his most impactful works, “Nashville Burning,” was released in September 2017. The book is set in the months of April of 1967, ’68 and ’69 after an event held by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Stokely Carmichael and other prominent leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. The book also deals with the riots that took place each year, including the ones after King’s assassination. Other recent works include “Memphis Mojo,” “Playing Custer,” “A Crop of Circles” and another upcoming book in the “Memphis” series called “Memphis Luck.”
Duff’s travels influence his fiction. His surroundings give him different views of the world, and he demonstrates that through the characters in his novels. In addition, he has worked in cotton and oil fields and as a TV cameraman, an English professor and a college dean. He also spent a little time as a bit actor and even a janitor. All of these experiences, jobs and locations play a huge role in the creation of his stories.
Duff has won the Cohen Prize for Fiction from Ploughshares and the St. Andrews Prize for Poetry. He has also been nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Prize, an International eBook Award and an Edgar Allan Poe Award. Other recognitions include Editor’s Choice for Best American Fiction and Pushcart Prizes.
For more information, contact the Center for Literary Arts at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-687-4340.
Thursday, October 11 at 7:30pm
20 East Main Street, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg
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