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Novelist Ron Hansen to Read at Le Moyne College

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Novelist Ron Hansen will read from his work on Thursday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m. in Grewen Auditorium at Le Moyne College.

Hansen is the Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. Professor in the Arts and Humanities at Santa Clara University, where he teaches courses in writing and literature. His first novel, “Desperadoes” (1979), reimagined the story of the Dalton Gang. “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” a 1983 novel chronicling the life and death of the iconic outlaw, was Hansen's most popular work and brought him wide critical acclaim, as well as his being a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award.

Catholic themes of unconditional love, redemption and resurrection also recur in Hansen's novels and stories. “Mariette in Ecstasy” (1991), a study of the faith and religious experience in the context of a cloistered Catholic nun who apparently bears the stigmata, earned him near universal critical praise, as well as the fiction prize from the Bay Area Reviewers Association and the Gold Medal for Excellence in Fiction from the Commonwealth Club of California. Hansen's latest novel, “Exiles” (2008), tells the story of the shipwreck that cost the lives of five young nuns.

Hansen holds a bachelor’s degree from Creighton University, an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and a master’s degree in spirituality from Santa Clara University. He held the Wallace Stegner Creative Writing Fellowship at Stanford University. Hansen has received fellowships from the Michigan Society of Fellows, the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the Lyndhurst Foundation, as well as an award in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

The reading is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the creative writing program at Le Moyne College. For more information, call (315) 445-4555.

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posted on: 3/8/2013