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Award-winning author Robert McBreaty will give reading at APSU

APSUs Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts is hosting a presentation by award-winning author Robert McBrearty.

Author of A Night at the Y, McBrearty will give a fiction reading at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 5, in the Gentry Auditorium, Kimbrough Building. He will read a story from an unpublished collection of stories, soon to be submitted to publishers. A reception and book signing will follow the reading. There also will be an informal discussion at 3:30 p.m., Oct. 5, in Harned Hall 245.
APSU's Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts is hosting a presentation by award-winning author Robert McBrearty.

Author of “A Night at the Y,” McBrearty will give a fiction reading at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 5, in the Gentry Auditorium, Kimbrough Building. He will read a story from an unpublished collection of stories, soon to be submitted to publishers. A reception and book signing will follow the reading. There also will be an informal discussion at 3:30 p.m., Oct. 5, in Harned Hall 245.

McBrearty is a graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop, Iowa State University. He has received fellowships to the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire and the Fine Arts Center in Provincetown, Mass. He received a Pushcart Prize for his short story, “The Pearl Diver,” and was a James Michener Fellow at Iowa. Other stories from McBrearty have been anthologized widely.

Offering guidance to aspiring writers, McBrearty says, “If you are serious about writing, then write. Be persistent. Experiment and don't limit yourself to one type of story or one type of writing voice. Try new things and don't be afraid to fail. Just try, give it your best shot and see what happens. It takes a lot of faith, drive, talent and some luck, but you can increase these things through persistent effort.”

McBrearty, who lives in Louisville, Colo., teaches writing courses at the University of Colorado.

His reading is free and open to the public. For more information, telephone (931) 221-7031. —Crissy Laubach-Young.