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Bowdoin Graduate, Writer Reads from His Work

Story posted April 15, 1999


April 15, 1999, BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Portland native and Bowdoin grad Jason Brown will read from his work at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 19, in the Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Building, at Bowdoin College.

Brown's first collection of short stories, "Driving the Heart," is being published this month by W.W. Norton & Company. He has been published in such quarterlies as "TriQuarterly," "Story," and "Mississippi Review," and he has a story featured in the current edition "The Atlantic Monthly." His work has been included in such anthologies as "Best American Short Stories" and "25 and Under."

According to novelist Alison Lurie, "Jason Brown's darkly comic take on America today is both amazing and memorable." She has called him "one of the most brilliant and original new writers to appear for a long time."

" Publisher's Weekly" said in its review Brown's story collection, "[W]here his stories are not simply beautiful, they invariably leave an indelible impression of the grotesquely or sharply sublime."

Brown was in the Bowdoin class of 1991 and graduated magna cum laude. He then earned a master of fine arts degree from Cornell University. He was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford, where he is now the Jones Lecturer in Fiction. He earned the Mary B. Sinkinson Short Story Prize at Bowdoin and has received fiction prizes from "Mississippi Review," Columbia and "American Literary Review."

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