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February 13, 2014

Hautman, Lemon featured in Good Thunder residency

MANKATO — Minnesota State University’s Good Thunder Reading Series continues its 2013-2014 schedule next week with Twin Cities fiction writer for young adults Pete Hautman and Texas poet and creative nonfiction writer Alex Lemon.

The visit is part of the four-day Eddice B. Barber Visiting Writer Residency. Beginning Tuesday, the writers will lead prose and poetry writing workshops each morning from 10-11 a.m. in Centennial Student Unions rooms 202 (Hautman) and 203 (Lemon). Until Friday of that week (Feb. 21), they will meet with individual writers in the community and with high school students and other groups.

At 3 p.m. on Feb. 20 in Ostrander Auditorium, they will lead a discussion on the craft of writing. Later, at 7:30 p.m. in CSU Room 253, they will read from their published work. All events are free and open to the public.

Hautman is the author of more than 20 novels for adults and teens, including the 2004 National Book Award winner Godless, Los Angeles Book Prize winner "The Big Crunch," and three New York Times Notable Books: "Drawing Dead," "The Mortal Nuts," and "Rash." His latest book is "The Cydonian Pyramid," book two of the Klaatu Diskos trilogy. The third book in the trilogy will be published in April 2014.

Lemon is the author of "Happy: A Memoir" and three poetry collections: "Mosquito," "Hallelujah Blackout," and "Fancy Beasts." A new book of poems, and an essay collection are forthcoming from Milkweed Editions in 2014.

Also, an interview with the writers, as part of the “Authors in Transit” series on public-radio station KMSU 89.7 FM, will air at 1 p.m. on Feb. 20 and 11 a.m. on Feb. 21.

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