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Writers and Critics Series to feature Iowa author

February 13, 2008
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Tim Bascom

CONTACT: Jennifer Perrine, 515-271-4161, jennifer.perrine@drake.edu;

Tory Olson, 515-271-1834, tory.olson@drake.edu

Nonfiction writer Tim Bascom will continue the spring 2008 Drake University Writers and Critics Series Tuesday, Feb. 26. Bascom will discuss his memoir, "Chameleon Days: An American Boyhood in Ethiopia," at 7:30 p.m. in the Cowles Library Reading Room, 2725 University Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

Bascom has published numerous essays, excerpts and works in publications including The Florida Review, Fourth Genre, Boulevard, Image, Modern Bride and the in-flight magazine of China Airlines. His memoir, "Chameleon Days: An American Boyhood in Ethiopia," won the Bakeless Literary Prize and was published by Mariner Books in 2006.

In addition, an excerpt of the memoir was selected by Jamaica Kincaid for The Best American Travel Writing 2005. He has also published a novel and a critical study of Christianity in U.S. culture.

Bascom is a graduate of the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa.

The event is also part of Drake's new "Voices of Democracy: Dissent and Dialogue" Engaged Citizen Experience series.  

The Engaged Citizen Experience is a part of the Drake Curriculum, which aims to ensure students will learn to participate effectively in democratic processes through coursework and classroom and community activities. Students are required to earn a number of credits to fulfill the Engaged Citizen Experience.

More upcoming Writers and Critics events:

•    March 27: Alan Nadel, 7:30 p.m., Cowles Library Reading Room.

•    April 8: Drake Faculty Reading: Fred Arroyo, Erica Anzalone, 7:30 p.m., Cowles Library Reading Room.

•    April 17: Drake Writers’ Night, 7 p.m., Medbury Honors Lounge.

•    April 30: Des Moines National Poetry Festival 2008 Poet Li-Young Lee, 8 p.m., Sheslow Auditorium.

The Writers and Critics Series is sponsored by Drake’s English Department and Center for the Humanities. For more information, contact Jennifer Perrine at 515-271-4161 or jennifer.perrine@drake.edu.