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Writer Bloom to read, talk on fiction

By Liam Otten

Critically acclaimed writer and licensed psychotherapist Amy Bloom will read from her work at 8 p.m. Sept. 18 for The Writing Program Reading Series.

Bloom will also give a talk on the craft of fiction at 8 p.m. Sept. 25.

Both events — which are sponsored by The Writing Program and Department of English in Arts & Sciences — are free and open to the public and take place in Hurst Lounge, Duncker Hall, Room 201.

Amy Bloom

Amy Bloom

Bloom is the author of two collections of stories, Come to Me and A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You, as well as the novel Love Invents Us and, most recently, a book of nonfiction, NORMAL: Transsexual CEOs, Crossdressing Cops and Hermaphrodites With Attitude.

She has been nominated for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Fiction Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award for her fiction.

Of Bloom's work, Marshall Klimasewiski, assistant professor of English, says, "Her primary topic, as the titles of her books suggest, is love, but the great thing about Amy Bloom is that you can never predict the forms it will take in her work.

"Love sprouts up in the oddest and least-sanctioned places, and she's terrific at conveying not only its thrill but its cost and sometimes the devastation it leaves behind."

Bloom will spend two weeks in residence in the English department as the Fannie Hurst Professor of Creative Literature. She teaches fiction writing at Yale University.

A book-signing and reception will follow each event, and copies of Bloom's works will be available for purchase. For more information, call 935-7130.

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