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K-State Today

March 28, 2012



Reading by author Rebecca Makkai on Friday

By Karin Westman

Fiction writer Rebecca Makkai

Fiction writer Rebecca Makkai will read from her work at 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 30, in the K-State Student Union's Little Theatre. The reading is free and open to the public.

A Chicago-based writer, Makkai's first novel, "The Borrower," from Viking in June 2011, is a Booklist top 10 debut, an Indie Next pick, an O magazine selection and one of Chicago magazine's choices for best fiction of 2011.

"Rarely is a first novel as smart and engaging and learned and funny and moving as 'The Borrower,'" writes Richard Russo, Pulitizer Prize-winning author of "Empire Falls." "Rebecca Makkai is a writer to watch, as sneakily ambitious as she is unpretentious."

Makkai has a master of arts from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English and a bachelor of arts from Washington and Lee University. Her short fiction has been anthologized in "The Best American Short Stories" for four consecutive years, 2008-2011, as well as "The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009," "New Stories from the Midwest" and "Best American Fantasy." She has also been a featured author on Public Radio International’s "Selected Shorts."

The reading is sponsored by the department of English, the department of  women's studies and CreWE, Creative Writing Enthusiasts.