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Gretchen Johnson

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Author Russell Banks to Lecture on May 6

"Living in the Sweet Hereafter" is Lecture Topic

Teaneck, NJ (April 3, 2003) — Award-winning author Russell Banks will lecture on "Living in the Sweet Hereafter" on Tuesday, May 6 at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Metropolitan Campus, Teaneck, NJ.

A prolific writer of fiction, Banks was raised in New England and grew up in a working-class world that has played a major role in shaping his writing. Through a dozen novels and short story collections that have won him Guggenheim and NEA grants and a St. Lawrence Prize for fiction, Banks has made a life's work of charting the causes and effects of the terrible things "normal" men can and will do.

He writes with a compassionate sense of humor that helps to keep readers (if not his characters) afloat through the misadventures and outright tragedies in his books.

His novels "Continental Drift" and "Cloudsplitter" were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in 1986 and 1998 respectively. "Affliction" was short listed for both the PEN/Faulkner Fiction Prize and the Irish International Prize.

Two of his novels have been made into feature films. "The Sweet Hereafter" won the Grand Prix and International Critics Prize at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival. "Affliction" starred Nick Nolte, Willem Dafoe and Sissy Spacek. In 2002, Banks served as producer and screenwriter for the film adaptations of "Continental Drift" and "Rule of the Bone."

His stories have won both the O. Henry and Best American Short Story Award and his latest collection of stories, "The Angel on the Roof" has garnered critical acclaim. Poems, stories and essays by Russell Banks have appeared in Vanity Fair, The New York Times Book Review, Esquire, Harper’s and many other publications.

Banks' appearance at FDU will include an audience question-and-answer period and book signing. The May 6 lecture will be held in Wilson Auditorium, Dickinson Hall, on the Hackensack side of the campus.

There are no reserved seats or advance ticket sales; admission is $8 for the general public and free with a valid FDU id. Tickets will be available at the door starting at 7:30 p.m. for the 8 p.m. lecture. For further information, call 201 692 7028.

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