Distinguished writer and Omaha native, Ron Hansen, will read from his latest collection of stories, She Love’s Me Not, at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7, in the Harper Center Hixson-Lied Auditorium. Copies of several of his books will be available for a book signing following the reading.
The event is free and open to the public. The reading is to celebrate the launch of Creighton’s new Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing.
She Loves Me Not contains some of the stories from his first collection, Nebraska, including the first story, “Wilde in Omaha,” a playful reimagining of Oscar Wilde’s actual visit to Omaha in March of 1882. The New York Times calls Hansen “one of our most honored and prolific authors, living proof of how imagination can step free of every literal habitation.”
Hansen received the Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters for Nebraska. Hansen’s other books include The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, which was made into a movie starring Brad Pitt as James, a book of essays called A Stay Against Confusion: Essays on Faith and Fiction, Desperadoes, Mariette in Ecstasy and Atticus.
A 1970 graduate of Creighton University’s College of Arts and Sciences, Hansen earned an M.F.A from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop in 1974 and later a master’s degree in Spirituality from Santa Clara University where he is currently the Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. Professor in the Arts and Humanities and teaches courses in writing and literature.
The event is sponsored by Creighton’s College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School, Department of English, Alpha Sigma Nu and Phi Beta Kappa chapters. Hansen will be meeting with faculty and students enrolled in the MFA program.
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