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Distinguished Nebraska Novelist Jonis Agee Opens Creighton Reading Series

Distinguished Nebraska Novelist Jonis Agee Opens Creighton Reading Series

On September 27 the Creighton Reading Series will open with Nebraska novelist and short story writer Jonis Agee, whose many awards include the Gold Award from Foreword magazine for "Acts of Love on Indigo Road," 2004; the NEA grant in fiction; a Loft-McKnight Award of Distinction; and the Nebraska Book Award for "Weight of Dreams," 2000. Three of her books -- "Strange Angels," "Bend This Heart," and "Sweet Eyes "– were named Notable Books of the Year by The New York Times.

The reading will take place at 8 p.m. in Rigge Science Hall, room 120, on the Creighton Campus and is free and open to the public.

Agee will read from her new novel, "The River Wife." In it, five generations of women experience love and heartbreak, passion and deceit against the backdrop of the 19th-century South. The book has been selected by the Book of the Month Club, the Literary Guild, and as a main selection by the Quality Paperback Book Club.

She was born in Omaha and grew up in Nebraska and Missouri, places where many of her stories and novels are set. Agee earrned a bachelor of Arts from the University of Iowa and a master of Arts and Doctorate from the State University of New York at Binghamton.She is Adele Hall Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she teaches creative writing and 20th-century fiction.

Thanks to the generosity of Creighton’s College of Arts and Sciences the reading is presented at no cost to the public.

For more information, please contact Ted Wheeler, Creighton Reading Series administrator, 516-2141, theodorewheeler@creighton.edu; or Susan Aizenberg, director of Creative Writing, 280-2823, susanaizenberg@creighton.edu.