Novelist Julie Shigekuni will be the final guest in the spring 2017 Writers Speak Wednesdays series of free author talks and readings open to the public at Stony Brook Southampton. Shigekuni will read from and discuss her work on Wednesday, April 19, at 7 p.m. in the Radio Lounge on the second floor of Chancellors Hall.
The author of four novels, Shigekuni is a creative writing professor at the University of New Mexico, where she is also the development director of a new Asian American Studies program. Her latest novel, In Plain View, released in 2016, is set in the Japanese-American community in Los Angeles in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster.
Shigekuni, who received a BA from CUNY Hunter College and an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award and the recipient of the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature. She has also received a Henfield Award and an American Japanese Literary Award.
Writers Speak Wednesdays programs are free and open to the public. The evenings begin with a brief reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by readings at 7 p.m., and then a Q&A and book signing.
Stony Brook Southampton is located at 239 Montauk Highway in Southampton. For more information, call 631-632-5030 or visit stonybrook.edu/mfa. Writers Speak is also on Facebook as Writers Speak Wednesdays; and Twitter as @WritersSpeakWed.