The Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series of Hope College will feature fiction and memoir writer Anthony Doerr on Thursday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Doerr is the prize-winning author of three books, "The Shell Collector," "About Grace," and the recent memoir "Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World," which "The Boston Globe" has called "A beautiful paean to Rome, a passionately rendered love letter that will appeal to anyone interested in the Eternal City." In 2007, the British literary magazine "Granta" named Doerr as one of 21 Best Young American Novelists. Doerr teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Warren Wilson College.

There will be a question-and-answer session with Doerr on Thursday, Sept. 25, at 3 p.m. in the Herrick Room of the DeWitt Center.   Live music by the Hope College Jazz Ensemble will precede the reading at the Knickerbocker beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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The Herrick Room is on the second floor of the DeWitt Center, which is located at 141 E. 12th St., facing Columbia Avenue at 12th Street.  The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth St.