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Award-winning writer Richard Bausch to read at APSU on Oct. 28

          CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The great short story writer Bernard Malamud once wrote, “In a few pages a good story provides the complexity of life while producing the surprise and effect of knowledge."

          CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The great short story writer Bernard Malamud once wrote, “In a few pages a good story provides the complexity of life while producing the surprise and effect of knowledge."

            Anyone familiar with the work of Richard Bausch knows that the Memphis-based writer clearly understands this principle, leading him to become the late Malamud’s heir as the American master of short fiction. In 2004 Bausch received the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story, and on Oct. 28, he will visit Austin Peay State University to read from his newest short story collection, “Something is Out There.” The reading, which is free and open to the public, beings at 8 p.m. in room 303 of the Morgan University Center.

            Bausch is the past chancellor of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and he currently serves as the Moss Chair of Excellence in the writing program at the University of Memphis. He is the author of 11 novels and eight collections of stories, including the novels “Rebel Powers,” “In the Night Season,” “Hello to the Cannibals,” “Thanksgiving Night” and “Peace.” His short story collections include “Spirits,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “The Stories of Richard Bausch” and “Wives and Lovers: Three Short Novels.”

            In addition to the PEN/Malamud Award, Bausch has won two National Magazine Awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lila-Wallace Reader's Digest Fund Writer's Award, the Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and, for his novel “Peace,” the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

            The Oct. 28 reading, which is sponsored by the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the Arts and Heritage Development Council, will conclude with a book signing. For more information, contact Susan Wallace with the Center at 221-7031.