By Särah Nour
On Thursday, April 4, the Clarence Glasrud Lecture Series will be presenting author Clint McCown, who will provide a reading of his latest novel, “Haints.” This event is free and open to the public.
A man of many talents, McCown boasts a long resume of accomplishments in his professional life. Not only as he worked as an actor for the National Shakespeare Company, a screenwriter for Warner Bros., and a creative consultant for HBO television; he’s also the only two-time winner of the American Fiction Prize. As a journalist, he won the Associated Press Award for Documentary Excellence for his investigations of organized crime and political corruption.
McCown received his MFA from Indiana University, where he served as editor of the journal Indiana Review. After he graduated, he taught at Beloit College for 20 years and was a founding editor of the Beloit Fiction Journal. He currently lives in Virginia and serves as head of the MFA program at Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as a faculty member at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.
“Haints,” McCown’s fourth novel, chronicles the aftermath of a tornado in the fictional town of Lincoln, Tennessee on Feb. 29, 1952. This premise is based on real events: a tornado ravaged McCown’s hometown of Fayetteville on that same date, the year of his birth. Each chapter focuses on the personal story of a different character, blending realism with supernatural elements to craft a chilling psychological thriller, and starting off with the suicide of a Korean War veteran haunted by his dead shipmates.
His other novels include “The Member-Guest,” “War Memorials” and “The Weatherman.” His poetry collections include “Sidetracks,” “Wind Over Water” and “Dead Languages.” Judging from the critical reception of those books, and the early reviews of “Haints,” this reading is well worth attending, especially for fans of a good ghost story.
IF YOU GO:
WHAT: Clint McCown, lecture and reading
WHERE: MSUM Comstock Memorial Union, Room 101, 615 14th St S, Moorhead
WHEN: Thurs, April 4; lecture @ 4 p.m.; reading @ 8 p.m.
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