OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Two Award-Winning Alumni Return to OSU for Visiting Writer’s Series

10/05/2006

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Two award-winning fiction writers return to Oregon State University for a literary homecoming on Friday, Oct. 12. As part of the OSU Visiting Writer’s Series, Scott Nadelson and Elissa Minor Rust will read from their newly published volumes of short stories in The Valley Library at OSU.

The event begins at 7:30 p.m., and is free and open to the public. It will include a question-and-answer period with the authors, whose books will be available for sale and signing.

The reading is sponsored by the OSU Visiting Writers Series through the OSU English Department, The Valley Library and The Office of the Provost.

Since he received his M.A. in Creative Writing from OSU in 1999, Nadelson has gone on to win a 2004 Oregon Book Award for his first book, “Saving Stanley: the Brickman Stories” (Hawthorne Books). At The Valley Library, Nadelson will read from his new collection of stories, “The Cantor’s Daughter,” which was recently named as a finalist for the 2006 Oregon Book Awards.

The Austin Chronicle called Nadelson “a gifted storyteller…adept at peeling away the superfluous layers and getting down to the unpleasant intricacies that are a part of our everyday relationships.”

Nadelson lives in Portland and teaches writing and literature at Willamette University.

Rust, an undergraduate at OSU in the mid-1990s, has won the Peregrine Prize for Fiction, a National Society of Arts and Letters literature award, and an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship. This past spring, her first book, “The Prisoner Pear: Stories from the Lake,” was published by Swallow Press/Ohio University Press.

The stories in “Prisoner Pear” are all set in Lake Oswego, and each begins with an item from the local newspaper’s police blotter. Publishers Weekly praised the book as “a fine portrait of privileged lives, in all their mundanity and weirdness.”

Rust lives with her husband and two children in Lake Oswego.