Friday, September 16, 2011

FLCC to host author Joanna Scott Oct. 4

Joanna Scott
Joanna Scott, University of Rochester professor and author of short stories and novels, will give a talk titled “A Glimpse into ‘The Gilt Cabinet’: A Reading and Discussion of a Work in Progress,” on Oct. 4, at Finger Lakes Community College.

“The Gilt Cabinet,” a novel Scott is currently writing, focuses on a man named Armand De Potter, a world tour guide who mysteriously disappeared in 1905 and also happened to be Scott’s great-grandfather.
The free event begins with refreshments at 9:30 a.m., and the program follows at 10 a.m. on the third floor of the Charles J. Meder Library at the main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session and a book signing.
Visitors driving to the campus should follow the signs for parking which will be posted the day of the event.

Scott has published extensively and received numerous awards. Fictional works include her novels “Follow Me,” “The Manikin,” and “Make Believe.” According to Publishers Weekly, “Make Believe” “is a compelling story that will leave readers haunted by Scott’s powerful moral vision.”
Her two short story collections are “Various Antidotes” and “Everybody Loves Somebody.”
She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and the Rosenthal Award from The American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the Pen-Faulkner Award and the Los Angeles Book Award.
Born in Darien, Conn., Scott attended Trinity College where she graduated with honors in English and earned the Trinity Alumnus Prize in Prose Fiction. In 2009, she received the College’s Honorary Doctor of Letters. Scott earned a master’s from Brown University and has taught at Brown, the University of Maryland and Princeton University. A member of the faculty in the Department of English at the University of Rochester since 1988, she lives in Rochester with her husband and two children.
Scott’s visit is a “Meet an Author” event, sponsored by the Finger Lakes Community College Department of Developmental Studies. The department provides college courses in reading, writing, American Sign Language, and study skills; academic assistance; and GED classes.
“We are so lucky that Joanna Scott is available to join us,” said event organizer Patricia Malinowski, chair of the developmental studies department. “This will be our eighth year bringing a professional writer to our campus. We all – students, community members, and faculty and staff – learn so much from these talks.”
For more information about Scott’s visit to FLCC or the college’s developmental studies department, contact Pat Malinowski at (585) 785-1389.
For more information about Joanna Scott, click here.

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