A Reading with Visiting Faculty Member Anne Fadiman

Monday, July 14, 2008
SNHU Communications Office

Anne Fadiman, one of America’s outstanding editors and authors, will read from and discuss her work on July 27 at 7 p.m. at Southern New Hampshire University’s Walker Auditorium, with a reception and book signing to follow.  She will also entertain questions during an on-stage interview in Walker Auditorium at 4 p.m. on July 28.  Both events are free and open to the public.

Fadiman is the 2008 visiting faculty member for SNHU’s Master of Fine Arts in fiction and nonfiction program. "It's an honor to have not only a writer and editor of Fadiman's stature, but a visiting faculty member with her widely acknowledged sensitivity to student writers' needs," states M.F.A. Director Robert Begiebing.

Fadiman’s book “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down” won the National Book Critics’ Circle Award, Salon Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the Boston Book Review Award and was hailed by The Washington Post, which called the book “an intriguing, spirit–lifting, extraordinary exploration.” The book continues to be taught at universities both as an example of literary journalism and as a casebook for cross-cultural sensitivity. 

“Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader” is an international bestseller, translated into 13 languages, based on her columns for Civilization Magazine (published out of the Library of Congress), where Fadiman was a founding editor. A book written entirely about books, it was praised by The London Observer as “witty, enchanting, and supremely well-written.” 

For seven years Fadiman also edited one of America’s most venerable literary quarterlies, The American Scholar.  For her reporting and essays—appearing in Harper’s, The New Yorker, and The New York Times, among many other publications—she won National Magazine Awards.  Fadiman has also edited the 2003 edition of Best American Essays and “Rereadings: Seventeen Writers Revisit Books They Love” (2003).  Her latest book, published in 2007, is “At Large and At Small: Familiar Essays”.  Fadiman currently holds the inaugural Francis Writer in Residence Chair in Nonfiction at Yale University.

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