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CONTACT: Beth L. Lorow
Messiah College to host fall fiction reading with author Rachel Pastan
GRANTHAM, Pa. (Oct. 18, 2005) — During the Poets & Writers Reading Series, the English department at Messiah College will host Rachel Pastan, author of the novel, “This Side of Married.” Pastan will read from her work on Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Alexander Auditorium in the Frey academic building on the college’s Grantham campus. A book signing and reception will follow the reading.
Rachel Pastan grew up in suburban Maryland and attended Harvard College and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She has published short stories in magazines, including The Threepenny Review and Mademoiselle, and she won the Arts and Letters Fiction prize and the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award. She has received fellowships from the Wisconsin Arts Board and the Delaware Arts Council, and she has been a Fellow at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. Her first novel, “This Side of Married,” was selected for Barnes and Noble’s Discover Great New Writers series.
As a book reviewer, observer of the arts and columnist, Pastan has written for such publications as Salon.com, The Washington Post Book World and The New York Times Book Review. She has taught writing at Swarthmore College, among other places, but now she mostly stays at home, writes and takes care of her two school-aged children. Pastan is the daughter of the poet, Linda Pastan, and wife of the astronomer, David Cohen.
Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls more than 2,900 undergraduate students in 50 majors. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Grantham, Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg. A satellite campus affiliated with Temple University is located in Philadelphia.
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ARTICLE DATE: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2005