Visiting Writers to Read at Fall for the Book Festival

Posted: September 15, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

Poet Tom Pow, novelist Porter Shreve, and historical writer Robert Rosenstone will be among the dozens of writers reading from their work during this year’s Fall for the Book Festival, held today through Friday. The three writers come to the Fairfax Campus as part of the Visiting Writers series, which is sponsored by the Creative Writing Department of George Mason.

Pow will read tomorrow at 8 p.m. at George’s in the Johnson Center. A Scottish poet, Pow teaches at the University of Glasgow. He is the author of four books of poetry, numerous radio plays, a travel book, and several children’s books. His most recent collection of poetry, Landscapes and Legacies, was described by fellow Scottish author Ali Smith as “beautiful, grave, and moving,” with “a rare and infectious freshness in its vision.”

History professor Rosenstone will imagine Isaac Babel’s last trip home on Wednesday at 8 p.m. in George’s, when he will read from his novel, King of Odessa. Rosenstone, whose acclaimed biography of writer and activist John Reed inspired the movie Reds, teaches and writes about historical film and biography on film.

Author of the New York Times Notable Book in 2000, The Obituary Writer, Shreve will read from his work on Thursday at 8 p.m. in George’s. Shreve teaches fiction writing, creative nonfiction writing, and literature at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and is the co-editor of three anthologies. Houghton Mifflin will publish his second novel, Who’s Going to Drive You Home, in 2004.

All readings are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Fall for the Book Festival web site.

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