The Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series of Hope College will feature novelist Mark Winegardner on Tuesday, March 26, at 7 p.m. in the Knickerbocker Theatre. 

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Winegardner, who writes fiction and nonfiction, is the Burroway Professor of English at Florida State University. He is the winner of a University Teaching Award (2004) and a University Mentoring Award (2006). He has also won grants, fellowships and residencies from the Ohio Arts Council, the Lilly Endowment, the Ragdale Foundation, the Sewanee Writers Conference and the Corporation of Yaddo.

His works include “The Godfather’s Revenge” (2006), “The Godfather Returns” (2004), “Crooked River Burning” (2001) and “The Veracruz Blues” 1996.

Winegardner’s books have been translated into more than 20 languages and sold almost two million copies worldwide. They have appeared on the “New York Times” Bestseller List and in best-of-the-year lists by “The New York Times Book Review,” the New York Public Library, The American Library Association, “Entertainment Weekly,” “USA Today,” “The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer,” “The Los Angeles Times” and “The Chicago Sun-Times.” In 2004, “Cleveland Magazine” named “Crooked River Burning” the best book ever written about Cleveland.

His work has appeared in magazines such as “Doubletake,” “The New York Times Magazine,” “The Oxford American,”  “Ploughshares,” “Story Quarterly,” and “TriQuarterly.” The varied subjects of his nonfiction have included art forgery, Cuban defectors, Congressman Louis Stokes, the Clown Prince of Baseball, the Southern Literary Mafia and beer. He also helped write the script for “The Godfather” video game (all platforms), creating original dialogue performed by actors such as James Caan, Robert Duvall and Marlon Brando.

Additional information about the series is available at

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