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FAU to Host a Reading with Nick Flynn

BOCA RATON, Fla. (March 12, 2013) – Florida Atlantic University’s department of English in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters will present author Nick Flynn on Thursday, March 14 at 7 p.m. in the Majestic Palm Room in the Student Union of FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road. The event is free and open to the public.

Flynn’s most recent book is “The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands,” a collection of poems linked to his latest memoir, “The Ticking is the Bomb,” which the Los Angeles Times called a “disquieting masterpiece.” His previous memoir, “Another Bullshit Night in Suck City,” won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award and has been translated into 14 languages. He is also the author of a play, “Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins,” as well as two other books of poetry. His poems, essays and nonfiction have appeared in The New Yorker, the Paris Review, The New York Times Book Review and on National Public Radio’s “This American Life.” His film credits include artistic collaborator and “field poet” on the film “Darwin’s Nightmare” (nominated for an Academy Award for best feature documentary in 2006), as well as executive producer and artistic collaborator on “Being Flynn,” the film version of “Another Bullshit Night in Suck City,” directed by Paul Weitz, and starring Robert De Niro, Paul Dano and Julianne Moore. He teaches each spring at the University of Houston, and spends the rest of the year in New York.

This lecture is made possible through an endowment gift by the Lawrence A. Sanders Foundation in memory of Sanders, a best-selling South Florida novelist. Support was also provided by Chris and Lori Fleuhr and the Palm Beach County Cultural Council. For more information contact Mary Sheffield at 561-297-2974 or visit


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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