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Author Baggott to Present a Reading at FSU

Novelist and poet Julianna Baggott will present a reading at Frostburg State University on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Atkinson Room 201 of the Lane University Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Baggott's most recent novel, “The Madam,” based on the life of her grandmother who was raised in a house of prostitution in the ‘20s and ‘30s, has just been published by Simon and Schuster. Her first novel, “Girl Talk,” was published by Simon and Schuster's Pocket Books in February 2001 and later distributed by six publishing houses overseas. Her collection of poems, “This Country of Mothers,” followed in April 2001 and was published by Southern Illinois University Press. Her second novel, “The Miss America Family,” was published by Pocket Books in April 2002.

Writer Madison Smartt Bell says of Baggott’s work, "Few writers of the twenty-first century can rival the verve, the energy and the sheer delight in language of Julianna Baggott." Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo adds, "Baggott enjoys living on the knife edge between hilarity and heartbreak."

Baggott received her M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1991. The recipient of fellowships from the Delaware Division of Arts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ragdale Foundation and Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, she has placed poems and short stories in dozens of literary journals including “Poetry,” “The Southern Review,” “Chelsea,” “Cream City Review,” “Quarterly West,” as well as the acclaimed anthology “Best American Poetry 2000.” She has also read her work on Boston's WBUR/NPR's "Here and Now" and NPR's "Talk of the Nation."

Baggott lives in Delaware with her husband, poet David G.W. Scott, and their three young children.

At FSU, she will read from her work and will be available to answer questions and sign books following the reading. Her appearance is sponsored by the FSU Department of English and the Western Maryland Writers' Workshop.

For more information, contact Brad Barkley at 301-687- 3092.

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

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