CORVALLIS, Ore. - Antonya Nelson and Robert Boswell will read from their work on Friday, May 10, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the rotunda of the Valley Library at Oregon State University. A book signing will follow.

Nelson is the author of four novels and six short story collections, including "Bound" (Bloomsbury, 2010). In addition to other awards, she is a recipient of National Endowment for the Arts and Guggenheim fellowships.

The New York Times wrote of "Bound" that Nelson "compels you to linger, makes you take in the shimmer of the long, gray highway beside the strip malls, the promise and punishment of the steely blue sky. This America is her stage, and its characters are her people."

Boswell's collection of stories, "The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards," was a finalist for the 2010 PEN USA Literary Award in fiction. He is the author of seven novels, three story collections, a play, a cyberpunk novel, and two books of nonfiction.

Kirkus Review says of Boswell's forthcoming novel, "Tumbledown," that it is "A book that reminds readers that the wages of sin are myriad and include the opportunity to find oneself."

Boswell and Nelson are married and have two children. Both teach creative writing at the University of Houston, where they share the Cullen Endowed Chair in Creative Writing.

The event is part of the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film's Visiting Writers Series.

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Heather Brown, 719-232-1485