The River Readings at Augustana
The River Readings at Augustana brings literary artists to campus each year from around the country. These writers of poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction meet with students in class or other venues to discuss their work and careers, and present a free reading open to the public. A reception and book-signing is held after the reading.
The River Readings series is sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, the Institute for Leadership and Service, the Thomas Tredway Library and the English Department. For more information, contact Amanda Makula, (309) 794-7316, reference librarian and this year's coordinator of the series.
Reading Readings 2013-2014
Sept. 10: Rebecca Lindenberg
7 p.m. in the Wilson Center
Poet Rebecca Lindenberg will open the 2013-2014 River Readings series. She is the author of Love: An Index, published in 2012 by McSweeney's Poetry Series. The book tells the story in verse of her passionate relationship with Craig Arnold, a much-respected poet who disappeared in 2009 while hiking a volcano in Japan.
Lindenberg earned a BA from the College of William & Mary and a PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Utah. Her essays and criticism have appeared widely, and she has been a guest blogger for the Best American Poetry Blog.
Lindenberg's honors include a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a MacDowell Colony Residency, and a fellowship at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center.
Jan. 16: Kelly Daniels
7 p.m. in the Center for Student Life, 3435 91/2 Ave., Rock Island (map)
Daniels grew up on the road, living for stints with his parents in a Hawaiian commune, a waterless, powerless cabin in the desert, and in an old step-van outfitted with bunks.
As an adult, he set off on his own, traveling extensively through Europe, Mexico and Central America. Along the way, he picked up odd jobs when he could find them, jobs such as production manager of a furniture factory (Guatemala), newspaper reporter (Mexico), and bartender (all over). Cloudbreak, California focuses on some of these adventures.
His short fiction and nonfiction has appeared in Puerto del Sol, Cimarron Review, Third Coast, Sonora Review, South Dakota Review, Santa Clara Review, GSU Review, Orange Coast Review, Eyeshot and other journals. Among other awards, he won first prize in Creative Nonfiction at the San Miguel Writers' Conference.
Daniels holds a Ph.D. from Western Michigan and has taught creative writing at Augustana College since 2007.
A release party for Cloudbreak, California will be held from 6-10 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Bucktown Center for the Arts, Davenport, Iowa. Local band Subatlantic and graphic artist Kelvin Mason will be on hand, and there will be local craft beer, music, reading and book signing.
April 28: Rachel Hartman
7 p.m. in Gävle Room 3
This spring, River Readings will welcome Rachel Hartman, New York Times bestselling author of the young adult novel Seraphina. Published in 2012 by Random House, Seraphina introduces mathematical dragons in an alternative-medieval world to fantasy and science-fiction readers of all ages. The book won the 2013 YALSA Morris Award for Best YA Debut Novel; its other accolades include finalist for the 2012 Governor General's Literary Award (Canada), short-listed for the Kitschies' Golden Tentacle Award (UK), long-listed for the Carnegie Medal (UK), and Amazon Best Teen Book of the Month.
Christopher Paolini, New York Times bestselling author of the Eragon series has described Seraphina as, "Beautifully written, well-rounded characters, and some of the most interesting dragons I've read in fantasy for a long while. An impressive debut novel; I can't wait to see what Rachel Hartman writes next."
Hartman was born in Kentucky, but has lived a variety of places including Chicago, Philadelphia, St. Louis, England, and Japan. She has a BA in Comparative Literature and lives in Vancouver, BC, with her family.