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Good Thunder Reading Series December 1, 2022

Thursday, December 1, 2022
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m
opening event

Mankato, Minnesota – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Good Thunder Reading Series, will host the author Maurice Carlos Ruffin on Thursday 1 December in the second event of the 2022-2023 academic year series.

All events are free and open to the public.

December 1 schedule:

  • 10-11am – Workshop at Emy Frentz Arts Guild Gallery, 523 p. 2ndmankato
  • 3-4pm – “Talk on Craft”, Centennial Student Union, Rooms 253/4/5.
  • 7:30-8:30pm – Ruffin reads from his work, Centennial Student Union, Rooms 253/4/5. books available for purchase.

The following information about the author was provided by Good Thunder Reading Series:

Maurice Carlos Ruffin is the author of The Ones Who Don’t Say They Love You, published by One World Random House in August 2021. It was a New York Times Editor’s Choice and a finalist for the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence and was longlisted for the Story Prize.

His first book, We Cast a Shadow, was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the PEN America Open Book Prize. It was nominated for the 2021 DUBLIN Literary Award, Center for Fiction Prize and Aspen Words Literary Prize. The novel was also named Editor’s Choice by the New York Times.

Ruffin is a winner of several literary awards, including the Iowa Review Award for Fiction and the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition Award for Novel-in-Progress. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Oxford American, Garden & Gun, Kenyon Review, and Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America.

A native of New Orleans, Ruffin is Professor of Creative Writing at Louisiana State University and 2020-2021 John and Renee Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi. Ruffin is the 2022 Grand Marshal of the Mardi Gras Krewe of House Floats and a recipient of the 2022 ATLAS grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents. Ruffin has taught at numerous residencies and conferences including Bread Loaf, Sewanee, Maine Media, Randolph College MFA and Longleaf.

Established in 1981, the Good Thunder Reading Series brings nationally and internationally recognized writers from diverse backgrounds and literary traditions to Mankato, Minnesota with the goal of promoting access to great literature, inspiring creativity and connections in our communities, and sparking lively conversations about it to promote how writers work and why writing matters.

The Good Thunder Reading Series is made possible by Minnesota constituents through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a statutory grant from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The 2022-23 Good Thunder Reading Series is also supported by the Minnesota State Mankato Department of English, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Women’s Center, Nadine B. Andreas Endowment, Eddice B. Barber Visiting Writer Endowment, the Robert C. Wright Endowment, and individual donors. Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Minnesota State Mankato offers additional support.

For more information or to get involved, contact Robin Becker at [email protected] or visit gt.mnsu.edu.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,482 students, is part of the Minnesota state system which includes 26 colleges and seven universities.

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