UMF Visiting Writers Series to feature critically acclaimed author Ron Currie, Jr. on Feb. 6

FARMINGTON —

is the next featured reader in the University of Maine at Farmington’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Visiting Writers Series.

Currie will read from his work at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 6, in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center. The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a signing by the author.

Currie’s first book, “God is Dead,” published to critical acclaim in 2007, earned the Young Lions Fiction Award from the New York Public Library as well as the Metcalf award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. It was also named a notable book of 2007 by the San Francisco Chronicle.

Published in 2009, Currie’s first full-length novel, “Everything Matters!” was named the winner of an Alex Award from the American Library Association. It also made several best-of lists for 2009, including the Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio and Amazon.com.

Currie’s most recent novel “Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles” was published by Viking in February 2013. The New Yorker called it the writer’s “most grounded work yet and perhaps his darkest.”

Currie’s fiction has also appeared in Glimmer Train, The Sun, Other Voices, The Nervous Breakdown and Night Train.

Currie was raised and still resides in Waterville, Maine.


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