posted October 20, 2008

VWS to Feature Ander Monson and Andy Mozina

The Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series of Hope College will feature essayist Ander Monson and fiction writer Andy Mozina on Monday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Ander Monson won the 2008 GLCA New Writers Award for his collection of essays, "Neck Deep and Other Predicaments," which also won the 2006 Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize. "Publishers Weekly's" starred review of "Neck Deep" notes that Monson "offers a parade of quirky, at times avant-garde methods for exploring his obsessions with everything from frisbee golf . . . to car washes . . . to the lost art of sending telegrams." Monson is the author of two other books, "Other Electricities" and "Vacationland," and creator and editor of DIAGRAM, an online literary magazine. He recently moved from Michigan to Arizona.

Andy Mozina won the 2008 GLCA New Writers Award for his collection of stories, "The Women Were Leaving the Men," published by Wayne State University Press as part of their "Made in Michigan" series. Novelist Laura Kasischke calls the collection "both humorous and haunting," and notes that "Mozina possesses both an ironic sensibility and a real compassion for characters in their human conditions."  Mozina lives in Kalamazoo and chairs the English department at Kalamazoo College.

A performance by the Hope College Jazz Ensemble will precede the reading at the Knickerbocker beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Additional information may be obtained online by visiting www.hope.edu/vws.

The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth St.