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Susan ConleyA lot of people have written memoirs about living abroad. A lot of people have penned about motherhood. And if you check the shelves at Barnes & Noble, you’ll find a lot of biographies written by people dealing with cancer. But Susan Conley has written about all three…in one book.

Conley, her husband, and two sons moved from Maine to Beijing in 2007 in time for the build-up to the 2008 Olympics. Just as they were settling in, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She returned to the States for treatment and then rejoined her family in China. That would drive a lot of people crazy; it drove Conley to write a best-selling book titled The Foremost Good Fortune, which was picked as a Top 10 Read for February 2011 by O, The Oprah Magazine.

We at the SDSU Library have the foremost good fortune of cohosting a reading by Conley on March 3 at 7 p.m. in Room LL430. Like all the Hugh Hyde Series events, it’s free and open to all.

Actually, this is something of a homecoming for Conley; she is an SDSU MFA graduate in poetry. She’s also the cofounder and executive director of the Telling Room, a writer’s workshop and literary hub for the southern Maine area. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Paris Review, Harvard Review, and Ploughshares.

I hope you’ll attend this reading. We all could learn a lot from Conley…about writing, about China, and about plowing through the hard times with grace.


Joe Haske

Joe Haske

The Hugh Hyde reading scheduled for Wednesday night features TWO excellent authors. That’s double the good words and entertainment!

Authors Joe Haske and Eric Miles Williamson will read from their works on February 16 at 7 p.m. in Room LL430. As always the reading is free and open to all.

Haske is the book review editor for The 7pm Texas Review, and his critical and creative work has been published or is forthcoming in journals such as Boulevard, American Book Review, and Southwestern American Literature.

Eric Miles Williamson

Eric Miles Williamson

Williamson is a novelist and literary critic, member of the board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle, and an editor of the American Book Review, Boulevard, and Texas Review. He is the author of four books, most recently Welcome to Oakland. He is currently a professor of English at the University of Texas-Pan American.

If you enjoy the reading, leave a comment here or on our Facebook page.

Richard KatrovasThis Thursday marks the beginning of the Spring 2011 Hugh C. Hyde Living Writers Series, and it’s getting off to a good start by featuring author Richard Katrovas.

Katrovas, an SDSU graduate, is the author of five books of poetry, including Green Dragons, Snug Harbor, The Book of Complaints, and Dithyrambs; a book of short stories, Prague USA; a memoir, The Republic of Burma Shave; and a novel, Mystic Pig. He is also the founding academic director of the Prague Summer Program, which explores creative writing, Jewish studies, Central and East European Studies, and photography. Katrovas teaches at the University of Western Michigan in Kalamazoo.

The reading is scheduled for February 10 at 7 p.m. in Room LL430 of the SDSU Library. As always, it’s open to all with no admission charge. We’d love to see you there!

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