The seasons are changing, and one of our favorite things about Fall is the kick-off of the Roosevelt Reading Series! Each year the MFA program brings in writers that we feel are making a difference in the literary world. The series showcases authors reading their work in a relaxed environment for the public to meet some literary notables. The reading series has delivered, once again, a great lineup:
Salvador Plascencia, novelist, September 29
Salvador Plascencia was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. He graduated with his MFA in fiction from Syracuse University. The recipient of a National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts Award in Fiction in 1996 and the Peter Neagoe Prize for Fiction in 2000. In 2001 he was awarded the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, its first fellow in fiction. His first published fiction appeared McSweeney’s Issue 12. McSweeney’s also published his first novel, People of Paper, in 2005. He now resides in Los Angeles, California.
Valeria Luiselli, novelist and essayist, October 15
Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City and grew up in South Africa. Her novels and essays have been translated into many languages and her work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Granta, and McSweeney’s. Some of her recent projects include a ballet libretto for the choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, performed by the New York City Ballet in Lincoln Center in 2010; a pedestrian sound installation for the Serpentine Gallery in London; and a novella in installments for workers in a juice factory in Mexico. She lives in New York City.This event is presented in conjunction with MAKE Literary Productions’s Lit & Luz Festival.
Lori Rader-Day, novelist, November 4
Lori Rader-Day is a graduate of the Roosevelt University MFA program and is the author of the mystery The Black Hour (Seventh Street Books, 2014). She was born and raised in central Indiana, and now lives in Chicago. Her fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Time Out Chicago, The Madison Review, and others.
Tim Kinsella, novelist and featherproof books editor, November 18
Tim Kinsella has an MFA in writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His first novel, The Karaoke Singer’s Guide to Self-Defense was published in 2011. He also is the CEO of featherproof books, which is an independent book publisher housed at Roosevelt University.
MFA Fall Graduates, December 1
Roosevelt University’s Fall MFA graduates will read from their works in celebration of their commencement.
The readings are held at The Gage Gallery at 18 S. Michigan Ave. and are free and open to the public. Readings are from 5:00-6:00 p.m., and refreshments begin at 4:30 p.m.
This semester we’re also excited that Roosevelt’s St. Clair Drake Center is hosting the essayist Ta-Nahisi Coates, October 9. Ta-Nehisi Coates is the senior editor and writer for the Atlantic and journalist-in-residence, School of Journalism, City University of New York, will discuss “The Case for Reparations.” Coates has been called “the young James Joyce of the hip hop generation.” The free event will begin at 5 p.m. in the Auditorium Library.
Stay tuned for more updates on the writers before their readings, and for other great opportunities we find around campus and around town.