Book Award finalist coming to St. Thomas

  • Updated: February 20, 2010 - 2:49 PM

Author Bonnie Jo Campbell

Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of "American Salvage" and a finalist for both the 2009 National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction, will be visiting writer-in-residence at the University of St. Thomas March 7-11.

Campbell will visit classes and give a free, public reading at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 8, in O'Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium on the university's campus in St. Paul. Campbell lives in Kalamazoo, Mich., and has won a Pushcart Prize and a Eudora Welty Prize. Her stories have appeared in Kenyon Review, Southern Review and Ontario Review.

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