OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Scott Nadelson to read from short story collection on Nov. 18

11/02/2011

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Award-winning short-story writer Scott Nadelson will read from his newest collection, “Aftermath,” on Friday, Nov. 18, at The Valley Library’s main rotunda on the Oregon State University campus. The reading begins at 7:30 p.m.; a book signing follows.

Nadelson, who graduated from OSU’s creative writing program in 1999, won an Oregon Book Award in 2004. He holds the Hallie Ford Chair in Writing at Willamette University.

Set primarily in Nadelson’s native suburban New Jersey, “Aftermath” explores the complexities of love and change. The characters in each short story search for answers in the wake of great disappointments: from a married couple testing out a trial separation to a 13-year-old boy on a trip to Israel with his grandparents reflecting on his father’s abandonment.

“Scott Nadelson writes brilliantly about the many forms of ambivalence that love can take,” wrote novelist Margot Livesey.  “‘Aftermath’ is a sophisticated, emotionally complicated collection with an exhilarating undercurrent of danger.”

Nadelson is also the author of “The Cantor’s Daughter,” winner of the Samuel Goldberg & Sons Fiction Prize for Emerging Jewish Writers and the Reform Judaism Fiction Prize; and “Saving Stanley: The Brickman Stories,” winner of the Oregon Book Award for short fiction and the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award.

The Literary Northwest Series is co-sponsored by the OSU Beaver Store and the OSU English Department, and celebrates regional literary achievement.