Author Thomas Kennedy to Read from His Latest Novel

March 10, 2010 - Madison, N.J. – The community is invited to hear Internationally acclaimed novelist Thomas E. Kennedy, in a reading from his novel, “In the Company of Angels,” on Tuesday, April 6, 2010, at 5 p.m. in the Library Orangerie at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham, 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, N.J. The event is free and light refreshments will be served.

A faculty member in FDU’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, Kennedy is the author of more than twenty books and the winner of numerous awards, including the Pushcart Prize, the O. Henry Prize for Short Stories, and the National Magazine Award, in 2008. The New York Times has described Kennedy's writing as “shimmering with emotional honesty,” The Cape Cod Voice as “wildly inventive and wickedly comic.”

This novel, “In the Company of Angels”(Irish Edition) won the Eric Hoffer Award in 2007.  It is a powerful story of two damaged souls struggling from darkness to light. Imprisoned for teaching political poetry to his students, Bernardo Greene has been tortured for months in Pinochet’s Chile when he is visited by two angels who promise that he will survive to experience beauty and love once again. Months later, in Copenhagen, where he has come for treatment, the Chilean exile befriends Michela Ibsen, also a survivor of abuse. In the long nights of summer, the two of them struggle to heal, to forgive those who have left them damaged, and to trust themselves to love.

This free presentation is co-sponsored by FDU’s Library and The College Writing Program. 

For Immediate Release

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