Novelist Justin Tussing will give reading at Bates

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LEWISTON — Justin Tussing will read from his novel, “The Best People in the World,” at Bates College on Thursday, March 8, as part of the school’s Language Arts Live series.

The book  is about an unlikely trio — a teenager, his history teacher and a local anarchist — who trek from rural Kentucky to Vermont to live off the grid in 1972. It was awarded the Ken Kesey Award for the Novel in 2006.

“The Best People” explores the complexities of love, friendship and responsibility through simple yet powerful imagery,” according to a review in Newsday.

In 2005, Tussing was among the writers showcased in The New Yorker’s annual Debut Fiction issue. His fiction has also appeared in TriQuarterly, Third Coast and other publications.

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Assistant professor of English at the University of Southern Maine, Tussing previously taught at Lewis & Clark College in Oregon. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa’s Writer’s Workshop.

The free reading will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Edmund S. Muskie Archives, 70 Campus Ave.

For more information, call 786-6256 or 784-0416, or email rfarnswo@bates.edu.

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