CORVALLIS, Ore. – Novelist Nick Dybek will read at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, in the Lab Theatre in Withycombe Hall on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

Dybek is an assistant professor of creative writing and literature in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film in OSU’s College of Liberal Arts.

His 2018 historical fiction novel, “The Verdun Affair,” published by Simon and Schuster, explores grief, loss, love and war in the aftermath of World War I and in 1950s Los Angeles. The book earned praise from The New York Times Book Review, O Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times, among others.

Dybek’s previous novel, “When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man,” was published by Penguin Random House in 2012. Dybek is the recipient of a Granta New Voices selection, a Michener-Copernicus Society of American Award and a Maytag Fellowship.

He holds a bachelor of arts from the University of Michigan and earned his master of fine arts degree from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

The reading is part of the 2018-2019 Literary Northwest Series, which brings accomplished writers from the Pacific Northwest to OSU. This series is sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing at OSU, with support from the OSU Libraries and Press; the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film; the College of Liberal Arts; Kathy Brisker and Tim Steele; and Grass Roots Books and Music.

The event is free and open to the public. Withycombe Hall is located at 2921 SW Campus Way, Corvallis.

College of Liberal Arts

About the OSU College of Liberal Arts: The College of Liberal Arts includes the fine and performing arts, humanities and social sciences, making it one of the largest and most diverse colleges at OSU. The college's research and instructional faculty members contribute to the education of all university students and provide national and international leadership, creativity and scholarship in their academic disciplines.

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