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Sophie Kerr Weekend speaker and First-Year Book author
March 23, 4 p.m., Decker Theatre, Daniel Z. Gibson Center for the Arts
Book signing to follow

Nick Flynn’s most recent book is The Ticking is the Bomb, which the Los Angeles Times calls a “disquieting master piece.” His previous memoir, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award, was shortlisted for France’s Prix Femina, and has been translated into thirteen languages. He is also the author of two books of poetry, Some Ether and Blind Huber, and a play, Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins, for which he received fellowships from, among other organizations, The Guggenheim Foundation and The Library of Congress. Some of the venues in which his poems, essays and non-fiction have appeared include The New Yorker, the Paris Review, National Public Radio’s This American Life, and The New York Times Book Review. His film credits include artistic collaborator and “field poet” on the film Darwin’s Nightmare, which was nominated for an Academy Award for best feature documentary in 2006. Each spring he teaches at the University of Houston; he then spends the rest of the year in (or near) Brooklyn. The First-Year Book program gives new students a common experience over the summer and introduces them to Washington College’s tradition of bringing great writers to campus. 2011’s First-Year Book is Flynn’s The Ticking is the Bomb.

sponsored by: The Sophie Kerr Committee, The Rose O’Neill Literary House, the Department of English, and the Dean of the College

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