Library Associates Host Larry Watson
SIOUX FALLS - The Augustana Library Associates presents author Larry Watson, Thursday, October 16, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. in Kresge Recital Hall.
A nationally-known novelist, Watson is the author of In a Dark Time, Montana 1948, White Crosses, Laura, and Orchard; the fiction collection Justice; and the chapbook of poetry Leaving Dakota.
He gained national acclaim with the publication of Montana 1948 in 1993, a story describing the events of one summer that permanently alter a 12-year old boy’s understanding of his family, revealing a new perspective on truth. Elfieda Abbe points out that Watson’s novels are “as sparse as the homogenous rural or small-town communities he writes about, and he digs deep to reveal emotions buried within the hearts of his taciturn characters.”
Watson’s most recent book, Sundown, Yellow Moon (2007) is described as “spare, haunting, lyrical, Sundown, Yellow Moon, is a piercing study of love and betrayal, grief and desire, youth and remembrance. Using a brilliant evocative fiction-within-fiction structure, Larry Watson not only brings to life a distinct period in history but, most affectingly, reveals the interplay of memory, secrets, and the passage of time.”
Watson grew up in Bismarck, N.D., and received his BA and MA from the University of North Dakota, and his Ph.D. from the creative writing program at the University of Utah. He lives with his wife, Susan, in Milwaukee and is a visiting professor of creative writing at Marquette University.
Tickets will be available at the door. General admission is $5.50; Library Associates members $3.50; children and Augustana students are free. For information call the Mikkelsen Library at 274-4921.