English profs featured in Prairie Public interview Oct. 6

Literature in the Age of Terror is topic of interview

A trick-or-treater comes to your door dressed as a terrorist, holding a rope attached to another trick-or-treater, who is labeled a “dead American.” Are you terrified? Outraged? Do you call the police? And if you do, what do you report? That you are offended by a Halloween costume?

Just after 9/11 this actually happened in award-winning Elizabeth Searle’s Arlington, Mass., neighborhood, which compelled her to write Girl Held in Home, out this month from MSUM’s New Rivers Press. Searle is also the author of Celebrities in Disgrace and Tony and Nancy: The Rock Opera.

This week, along with MSUM professors Alan Davis and Kevin Carollo, Searle will participate in a Hear It Now interview on Prairie Public, Thursday, October 6, at 3 p.m. Their topic is “Literature in the Age of Terror.”

Davis is the author of the recently released short story collection, So Bravely Vegetative—winner of the Prize Americana for Fiction. Carollo’s poem, “Collateral,” was a finalist for the Knightville Poetry Prize and a Pushcart nominee.

Next week, as Halloween approaches, Searle, Davis, and Carollo will continue their discussion at Zandbroz Variety, 420 Broadway, Fargo, on Tuesday, October 11 at 7 p.m. Searle will also be reading excerpts from Girl Held in Home.

The following day, Searle will be the featured speaker in the McGrath Writers Series, Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in the Library Porch of the Livingston Library.

All of these events are free and open to the public. New Rivers Press would love to see you at any or all of these events. No costume required.


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