Stuart Dybek passes on the following announcement. He especially wants our graduate students know that he will do a Q&A at this event and try and answer any questions about writing at WMU or any questions they have.
"Stuart Dybek will be honored at a festive public reception, with special refreshments and live music, on Friday, November 16, from 6:30-8:00 pm, at the Kalamazoo Public Library, 315 S. Rose St. The libraries of Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, and Davenport College, Portage District Library, Kalamazoo Public Library, and the Kalamazoo Gazette invite the entire community to celebrate Mr. Dybek’s amazing achievement in receiving both a 2007 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and the 2007 Rea Award for the Short Story in the same week earlier this fall. KPL Director Ann Rohrbaugh will welcome guests to the reception shortly before 7:00 pm. Marsha Meyer, Portage District Library Adult Services librarian, and Western Michigan University representatives will also talk briefly. Mr. Dybek will then read from his work, answer questions from the audience, and sign his books. The Michigan News Agency will sell his books at the event. A native of Chicago, Dybek served Western Michigan University as a professor of English for 33 years, retiring from active teaching this past spring. According to a WMU News release, he 'remains closely connected to WMU as an adjunct faculty member, and he teaches in the university's renowned Prague Summer Program.' Dybek is now teaching at Northwestern University, as its first Distinguished Writer in Residence.-- Marsha Meyer, Portage District Library, 269-329-4542 ext. 710 firstname.lastname@example.org."