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APSU to host visiting novelist, Boylan

The Austin Peay State University Department of Languages and Literature and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts will sponsor a reading featuring a best-selling author.

Jennifer Finney Boylan will read from her memoir, Shes Not There, at 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 21 in the APSU Kimbrough Building Gentry Auditorium. The reading is free and open to the public.
The Austin Peay State University Department of Languages and Literature and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts will sponsor a reading featuring a best-selling author.

Jennifer Finney Boylan will read from her memoir, “She's Not There,” at 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 21 in the APSU Kimbrough Building Gentry Auditorium. The reading is free and open to the public.

Boylan is a novelist, memoirist, screenwriter and teacher. She is a professor of English at Colby College. Currently, she is working on a new nonfiction work about growing up in a haunted house, which she hopes to release in 2007.

The best-selling novelist is known mostly for her transgender memoir, “She's Not There.”

Since the memoir was published, it became a chance for Boylan to inform people on a condition that she says affects some 40,000 people in the United States. "The problem is that most people don't know about it," Boylan says. "And one reason is that people who make the transition frequently vanish off the radar and go about the business of living normal lives.”

Before the reading, Boylan also will hold an informal discussion at 12:45 p.m. in APSU Dunn Center, Room 215. Photos and information about Boylan are available for viewing at http://www.colby.edu/personal/j/jfboylan.

For more information about the reading, contact Susan Wallace, editorial assistant for The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, by telephone at (931) 221-7031 or by e-mail at wallacess@apsu.edu. -- Electra Frederick