* Purdue Department of English
* Nicholas Delbanco

August 22, 2008

Literary reading program features fiction reading, writing

Nicholas Delbanco
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The Purdue University Literary Reading Series is featuring fiction writer and essayist Nicholas Delbanco at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4 in the Krannert Building's Krannert Auditorium.

Delbanco also will talk about fiction writing at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 5 in the Hicks Undergraduate Library Bookstall. Both events, which are free and open to the public, are sponsored by the Department of English and the Creative Writing Program.

Delbanco is the author of more than 20 books, including the novels "The Count of Concord," "Spring and Fall," "The Vagabonds," "What Remains," "The Sherbrookes Trilogy" and "The Martlet's Tale." His non-fiction books include "Anywhere Out of the World: Essays on Travel, Writing and Death" and "The Sincerest Form: Writing Fiction by Imitation." He also has edited work by authors John Gardner and Bernard Malamud and served as chair of the fiction panel for the National Book Awards.

"Nicholas Delbanco has been called one of the finest prose stylists of his generation, and this has never been truer than in his latest book, 'The Count of Concord,'" says Porter Shreve, associate professor of English and director of the creative writing program. "This exquisitely written fictionalized biography of Count Rumford, one of the most fascinating figures of the early 19th century, is as informative as it is entertaining. We're honored to have such an eminent writer and teacher share his work and craft."

Delbanco is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and two writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has served as the director of the creative writing program at the University of Michigan for 20 years.

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, (765) 494-9723,

Source: Daniel Tyx, (765) 448-1021,

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Note to Journalists: Journalists interested in speaking with Nicholas Delbanco can contact Daniel Tyx, program coordinator, at (765) 448-1021,

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