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FAU Presents the Inaugural Literary Authors Series

BOCA RATON, FL (November 1, 2009) – Florida Atlantic University’s department of English in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters presents the inaugural Literary Authors Series with book readings and lectures by FAU faculty and visiting author s.  The presentations will take place in the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, which is located at 201 Plaza Real at the south end of Mizner Park in Boca Raton.

The series format is designed to interview authors and engage the audience in a discussion regarding the authors’ works or issues addressed in their books. All programs are presented free to the community. Following each program, the authors will have their books available for sale and signing.

“We are thrilled to be working with Chris Fluehr, CFP of SunTrust Investment Services, Inc. and the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Organization to offer this new series that will highlight our faculty, alumni and Master of Fine Arts student authors, along with outstanding visiting authors,” said Manjunath Pendakur, dean of the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. “We are committed to providing outstanding community programming, and we hope to continue this series for several years to come.”

The first author is Africa Fine, FAU alumnus and associate professor of English and literature at Palm Beach Community College in Boca Raton. On Thursday, November 19 at 7 p.m., Fine will discuss her novel Save Me. Fine has published four novels, including Katrina, Becoming Maren, Looking for Lily and Save Me. She recently completed her fifth novel, Swan, to be published in 2010. This event will be moderated by Wenying Xu, chair of the FAU department of English.

Then on Thursday, February 11 at 7 p.m., the award-winning FAU student authors that have been published in the latest edition of “Coastlines,” FAU’s literary magazine, will read selections from this year’s edition. A copy of “Coastlines” will be given to all participants. This event will be moderated by Kate Schmitt, assistant professor of creative nonfiction at FAU.

On Thursday, April 1 at 7 p.m., the 2010 Lawrence A. Sanders Writer-in-Residence Program presents poet Forrest Gander. Gander has written numerous books of poetry including Eye Against Eye, Torn Awake and Science and Steepleflower. Gander also wrote the novels As a Friend and the book of essays A Faithful Existence.  Gander’s poems appear in many literary magazines in the United States and abroad. He is currently a professor of English and comparative literature at Brown University. 

Becka McKay, FAU assistant professor of translation and creative writing, will discuss her books Blue Has No South, a translation from the Hebrew of Alex Epstein, and A Meteorologist in the Promised Land, a book of poetry,on Thursday, April 22 at 7 p.m. This event will be moderated by Andrew Furman, FAU professor of English.

The 2009 Literary Authors Series is presented by FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters; Chris Fluehr, CFP, SunTrust Investment Services, Inc.; the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Organization; the Palm Beach County Cultural Council; Palm Beach County; and the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council. For more information, visit or call 561-297-2974.

- FAU –

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Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts 10 colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College,  the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.  

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