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Acclaimed Novelist John Dufresne to Appear at Frostburg State University

Writer John Dufresne will come to Frostburg State University for a fiction reading and book signing on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Lane Center's Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall (Multi-Use Room). Sponsored by FSU's Department of English and the Western Maryland Writers' Workshop, this event is free and open to the public.

A native of Worcester, Mass., Dufresne brings an eclectic background as social worker, cab driver, bartender, house painter and actor, among others, to his fiction. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arkansas.

Dufresne's novel "Louisiana Power and Light," named a Barnes & Noble Discover Great Writers selection and a New York Times Notable Book, is being made into a movie by Miramax Films. Oscar-winner Billy Bob Thornton will star in and direct the production, with the screenplay to be written by Dufresne.

His second novel, "Love Warps the Mind a Little," also named a New York Times Notable Book, inspired the following comment from The New York Times Book Review: "It is the ability of Mr. Dufresne…to render big-picture agony in its tiniest domestic moments that makes his book both astounding and wise." Dufresne has also published a collection of short stories entitled "The Way That Water Enters Stone." He is now working on a new novel, "Deep in the Shade of Paradise," due out from Norton in fall, 2001, and a novel about love and death in Louisiana entitled "Shiver-de-Freeze."

Dufresne lives with his wife and son in Dania Beach, Fla., and teaches advanced fiction in the MFA Creative Writing Program at Florida International University. He is working with actor Wayne Maugans and the 42nd Street Workshop in New York City on the production of his full-length play, "Trailerville," and an evening of monologues entitled, "We Hear a Lonely Voice."

For more information, contact Brad Barkley of the English Department at 301-687-3092. To learn more about Dufresne, visit his Web site at

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodation through the ADA Compliance Office, 301-687-4102, TDD 301-687-7955.

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