Campus Connection.

February 20, 2004 Volume 19, Number 13

Author Stuart Dybek To Visit Western Illinois University Feb. 25-26

Author Stuart Dybek will visit Western Wednesday, Feb. 25 and Thursday Feb. 26. Dybek will give a reading from his most recent works of fiction at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25 in the Union Sandburg Theatre, open free to the public. He will discuss the craft of writing at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 26 in the Simpkins Hall Theatre.

The author of three collections of short fiction and a volume of poetry, Dybek’s writing has been frequently anthologized and has appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including “The New Yorker,” “The Atlantic Monthly” and “Harper’s.” The author Studs Terkel said of Dybek’s latest collection of fiction, “I Sailed With Magellan,” “It’s hard to tell where Nelson Algren leaves off and Stuart Dybek begins—they’re a couple of naturals. ĘThey each capture the lyricism of Chicago’s backstreets: the city behind the billboards. ĘThey celebrate our alleys as well as our boulevards. ĘStuart Dybek is, at this moment, our city’s blue-collar bard. ĘThese eleven lovely stories comprise the Chicago novel of today.”

Dybek has won numerous awards including several O. Henry Prizes, a PEN/ Bernard Malamud Prize and Pushcart Prize.

For more information contact English and Journalism Department Chair David Boocker at 309/298-1103.


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