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Contact: Rene  Abadie
Date: 4/8/05
 
AUTHORS READ FOR NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK AT SOUTHEASTERN
       HAMMOND -- Several area authors will read from their works next week at the university’s Sims Memorial Library as part of the institution’s celebration of National Library Week.
       The authors – Jack Bedell, Bev Marshall, Bret Lott and Alison Pelegrin – will present readings on Monday and Tuesday (April 11-12) on the third floor of the library. In addition, Southeastern student will do readings in honor of recently retired writer-in-residence Tim Gautreaux.
       The readings are free and open to the public. The schedule of presentations includes:
       Monday, April 11, 11 a.m. – Poetry reading by Jack Bedell, associate professor of English and editor of Southeastern’s literary journal Louisiana Literature. Bedell is the author of several books, including  “Sleeping with the Netmaker,” “At the Bonehouse,” and “What Passes for Love.” He has a new collection of poetry, “Come Rain, Come Shine,” slated for release in early 2006 from the Texas A&M Press Consortium.
       Monday, April 11, 2 p.m. – Fiction reading by Bev Marshall, a writer-in-reisdence at Southeastern and founder of the university’s Creative Writers Group. She is author of “Walking through Shadows” and “Right as Rain,” which has been nominated for the National Book Critics Circle’s Fiction of the Year Award and several other awards. Marshall serves on the board of the Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival.
       Tuesday, April 12, 11 a.m. – Fiction reading by Bret Lott, author of six novels, most recently “A Song I knew by Heart” released by Random House in 2004. A professor of English at Louisiana State University, Lott’s short stories and essays have been published in the Yale Review, the Southern Review and the Gettysburg Review. His reviews have appeared the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and the Los Angeles Times. He is the editor of the Southern Review.
       Tuesday, April 12, 2 p.m. – Poetry reading by Alison Pelegrin, a graduate of Southeastern who now teaches English at her alma mater. She is the author of “The Zydeco Tablets,” as well as three award-winning chapbooks. Pelegrin last year received Southeastern’s President’s Award for Excellence for her artistic activity. Her poems have been published in “Poetry,” “Southern Review,” and “Shenandoah.”
       Tuesday, April 12, 7 p.m. – Readings in honor of Tim Gautreaux by former students Karen Williams, Andree Crosby, Callie Forman, Barry Dunlap, David Campbell and Kevin Cutrer. Gautreaux, who retired in 2002 after 30 years on the Southeastern English faculty, has been widely acclaimed for his short stories and novels, including “The Clearing,” which was listed on USA Today’s 10 best books and chosen by the Mid-South Bookseller’s Association as the best novel of 2003.