Contact: Allison Benner, College Relations Associate – Media, 610-740-3790



Praised Fiction Writer will Read from Latest Book and Hold Q&A


Allentown, PA (October 16, 2006) - Fiction writer and Easton resident Alix Ohlin will read from her work in the Harmon Hall of Peace in The Miller Family Building at Cedar Crest College on Wednesday, October 25, at 7:00 p.m. After the reading, there will be a question-and-answer session followed by a reception and book signing. Copies of the author’s books will be available for purchase.  The event, sponsored by the Cedar Crest College Humanities Department and Preterite, the college literary club, is free and open to the public.


An Easton resident and assistant professor of English at Lafayette College, Ohlin has established herself as a significant voice in today’s American fiction.  Her most recent novel, "The Missing Person" (Vintage, 2006), won praise from Nobel Prize in Literature winner J.M. Coetzee, among many others. Her first collection of short fiction, "Babylon and Other Stories," was published in July 2006.  Stories in this collection were previously selected for inclusion in prestigious anthologies including "Best New American Voices 2004" and "Best American Short Stories 2005."


Ohlin was born in Montreal, graduated from Harvard University, and studied at the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas. Her fiction has appeared in One Story and Shenandoah, among other periodicals, and she has received awards and fellowships from The Atlantic Monthly, the MacDowell Colony, "The Kenyon Review’s Writers Workshop, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and Yaddo.


For additional information please contact the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.



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