MFA Program Celebrates Recently Published Books

Bestselling author Sena Jeter Naslund’s latest novel is featured in Spalding University’s Celebration of Recently Published Books. Naslund, who is Program Director of Spalding’s brief-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program, reads with five other members of the MFA faculty at 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, November 16, at Spalding’s Egan Leadership Center, 901 S. Fourth Street. The reading begins with Eleanor Morse (White Dog Fell from the Sky, a novel), Greg Pape (Four Swans, a poetry collection), and Julie Brickman (Two Deserts, a short-story collection). After a brief intermission, the program continues with readings from Susan Campbell Bartoletti (Down the Rabbit Hole: The Diary of Pringle Rose, 1871, a middle-grade novel) and Naslund (The Fountain of St. James Court; or, Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman). The celebration concludes with a brief screening of screenwriter Helena Kriel’s feature film Skin. A book signing follows. Books provided by Follett Bookstore.

Sena Jeter Naslund’s seventh novel, The Fountain of St. James Court; or, Portrait of an Artist as an Old Woman, was released by Morrow-HarperCollins in September. Her other novels include Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette (Morrow-HarperCollins, 2006), Four Spirits (Morrow-HarperCollins, 2003; Harper Perennial, 2004), and Ahab’s Wife; Or, the Star-Gazer (Morrow, 1999; Harper Perennial, 2000; Harper Perennial Modern Classics Series, 2008). She is also author of two short story collections. She was the 2005-06 Kentucky Poet Laureate. (Naslund also reads at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 17, at the This I Believe Kentucky book launch, hosted by radio personality Bob Edwards at Spalding University. Advance tickets are available from thisibelieve.org. Tickets will also be available at the door.)

Eleanor Morse’s third novel, White Dog Fell from the Sky (Penguin, 2013), was a Publishers Weekly pick of the week. Her novel An Unexpected Forest (Down East Books, 2007) won the 2008 Independent Book Publisher’s Award for best regional fiction (Northeast region) and the 2008 Maine Literary Award from the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance for best published fiction. Morse also wrote a nonfiction book, Over the Mountains: Two Tibetan Girls Journey Toward Hope (Fox Print Books, 2008), in collaboration with two Tibetan girls about their flight into Nepal.

Greg Pape is the author of ten books of poetry, including Four Swans (Lynx House Press, 2012); Border Crossings, Black Branches, and Storm Pattern, all originally published by University of Pittsburgh Press; Sunflower Facing the Sun, winner of the Edwin Ford Piper Prize, now called the Iowa Prize, and published by University of Iowa Press; and American Flamingo, winner of a Crab Orchard Open Competition Award, published by Southern Illinois University Press.

Julie Brickman’s most recent book is Two Deserts (Hopewell, 2013). Her novel What Birds Can Only Whisper was published by Turnstone Press in 1997. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The North American Review, The Barcelona Review, Fireweed, The Louisville Review, International Journal of Women’s Studies, Kinesis, Canadian Psychology, and Canadian Dimension.

Newbery Honor author Susan Campbell Bartoletti has published seventeen books ranging from picture books to novels and nonfiction for young readers. Her latest novel is Down the Rabbit Hole: The Diary of Pringle Rose, 1871 (Scholastic, 2013). Her latest nonfiction book is the YALSA honor-winning They Called Themselves the K.K.K: the Birth of an American Terrorist Group (Houghton Mifflin, 2010). For her body of nonfiction work, she was awarded the prestigious Washington Post-Children’s Book Guild award in 2009.

Screenwriter Helena Kriel’s highly acclaimed script Skin was produced by Elysian Films and released in 2009. Skin won eight festival awards and was named one of the ten best independent films of 2009. Kriel’s script Kama Sutra was produced with Academy Award-nominated director Mira Nair directing and released in 1996.