posted February 23, 2004

Author Jane Hamilton to Read

The Hope College Visiting Writers Series will feature acclaimed writer Jane Hamilton on Wednesday, March 10, at 7 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Hamilton's latest book is "Disobedience," a warmly humorous, poignant novel about a young man, his mother's e-mail, and the often-surprising path of infidelity.

She is the author of "The Book of Ruth" and "A Map of the World," which have received international acclaim. Both novels were listed on the "New York Times" best seller list and were selected for the Oprah Book Club, making her one of only three authors to be selected for Oprah's book club more than once.

In a review of "The Book of Ruth," "The New York Times" said, "Ms. Hamilton gives Ruth a humble dignity - but it's not a heavenly hope. It's a common one, caked with mud and held with gritted teeth. And it's probably the only kind that's worth reading about."

The book also received the 1989 PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award for best first novel.

"[Hamilton] can make real life riveting. There can be no better recommendation for a novelist" wrote "The Denver Post."

Her other works include, "The Short History of a Prince" which won the Heartland Prize for Fiction and was short listed for Britain's Orange Prize.

Hamilton lives, works and writes in an orchard farmhouse in Rochester, Wis., on land still farmed by her husband.

The reading will be preceded by a 6:30 p.m. performance by the Hope College Jazz Ensemble.

The Knickerbocker Theatre is located in downtown Holland at 86 E. 8th St.