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Fall writers reading series features award-winning authors, poet

September 27, 2006

This fall, the Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series at Wake Forest University will feature book readings and signings by authors John McNally, Owen King, Kelly Braffet and Martin Clark, and poet Devin Johnston. The writers will be featured on the following dates.

John McNally, Oct. 3, 3 p.m., Z. Smith Reynolds Library

McNally, author of “America’s Report Card: A Novel,” “The Book of Ralph” and the story collection “Troublemakers,” will discuss his most recent novels. McNally is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including a Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project fellowship for screenwriting sponsored by Paramount Pictures and a Thomas Williams Fellowship in Fiction from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation.

Owen King and Kelly Braffet, Oct. 26, 7 p.m. Annenberg Forum, Carswell Hall, Room 111

Braffet is the author of two novels: “Last Seen Leaving” and “Josie and Jack.” She holds a Master’s of Fine Arts from Columbia University and has taught novel writing at the Sackett Street Writing Workshop.

King, the son of novelists Stephen King and Tabitha King, is the author of “We’re All in This Together.” He holds a Master’s of Fine Arts from Columbia University. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Book, Bellingham Review, Boston Globe and other publications. He has been a National Magazine Award finalist and a recipient of the John Gardner Award for Short Fiction.

Martin Clark, Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m., Annenberg Forum, Carswell Hall, Room 111.

Clark will read and discuss his most recent book “Plain Heathen Mischief,” which appeared on Amazon’s and Barnes and Noble’s Top 100 prior to release. “The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living” was Clark’s first book. It appeared on several bestseller lists, was a New York Times Notable Book for the year 2000, a Book-of-the-Month Club selection and a finalist for the Stephen Crane First Fiction Award. Clark is a circuit court judge in Virginia for Patrick and Henry counties and the city of Martinsville.

Devin Johnston, Nov.13, 7 p.m., Charlotte & Philip Hanes Art Gallery

Johnston, a Winston-Salem native, will hold his first public poetry reading in Winston-Salem at Wake Forest. He has published two books of poetry, “Aversions” and “Telepathy,” as well as a book of criticism titled “Precipitations: Contemporary American Poetry as Occult Practice.” Johnston’s poetry has appeared in journals including the Boston Review, the Notre Dame Review, Verse, New American Writing and the Chicago Review.

The Dillon Johnson Writers Reading Series is sponsored by the English department. The Johnston reading is also sponsored by the North Carolina Humanities Council and WFDD Radio. All readings are free and open to the public.

For more information, call (336) 758-5383.

Press Contacts:

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