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November 20, 2012


Renowned writer Victor LaValle will deliver a craft lecture and reading at The University of Montana on Friday, Nov. 30. LaValle’s lecture, “What the Hell is Going on? Structuring Your Story,” will be held from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in Stone Hall Room 304, and the fiction reading will be held at 7 p.m. in the Dell Brown Room of Turner Hall.

LaValle is author of the short-story collection “Slapboxing with Jesus,” novels “The Ecstatic,” “Big Machine” and “The Devil in Silver,” and an e-book novella “Lucretia and the Kroons.” He is the recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award, a United States Artists Ford Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the key to southeast Queens, N.Y. He currently teaches fiction writing at Columbia University.

Both the craft lecture and reading are free and open to the public. LaValle’s visit is sponsored by the UM Creative Writing Program and the President’s Writers-in-Residence Series.

For more information call UM Creative Writing Program Coordinator Karin Schalm at 406-243-5267 or email





Contact: Karin Schalm, coordinator, UM Creative Writing Program, 406-243-5267, .