2023-24 Good Thunder Series Concludes April 4 with Author Melissa Febos

MFA Candidate Nathan Larson Reads at Evening Program

From University Media Relations Release

Minnesota State University, Mankato’s 2023-2024 Good Thunder Reading Series will conclude its season Thursday, April 4, when it hosts author Melissa Febos with a series of events. All of the events are free and open to the public.

Joining Febos at the evening program is Nathan Larson who is earning his MFA in creative writing, fiction from Minnesota State Mankato. He will be reading his first short story, “The Shades In-Between,” which will appear in the forthcoming Swamp Ape Review.

April 4 schedule:

  • 10-11 a.m. – Workshop, Memorial Library, First Floor, SW Corner.
  • 3-3:50 p.m. – “Talk on Craft,” Centennial Student Union, Ostrander Auditorium. Books available for purchase.
  • 7:30-8:15 p.m. – Reading with Melissa Febos and Andreas Scholar Nathan Larson, an MFA student, Centennial Student Union, Ostrander Auditorium. Books available for purchase.

About the featured author and Andreas scholar (courtesy of the Good Thunder Reading Series): Melissa Febos is the author of four books, including the nationally best-selling essay collection, “Girlhood,” which has been translated into seven languages and was a Lambda Literary Award finalist, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism and named a notable book of 2021 by NPR, Time, The Washington Post and others. Her craft book, “Body Work,” was also a national best-seller, a Los Angeles Times best-seller and an Indie Next Pick. Her fifth book, “The Dry Season,” is forthcoming from Alfred A. Knopf.

Founded in 1981, the Good Thunder Reading Series brings nationally and internationally acclaimed writers from diverse backgrounds and literary traditions to Mankato, Minnesota, with the goal of promoting access to great literature, inspiring creativity and connections in our communities, and fostering lively conversations about how writers work and why writing matters.

The Good Thunder Reading Series is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The 2023-24 Good Thunder Reading Series also receives support from Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Creative Arts; College of Humanities and Social SciencesDivision of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; the Nadine B. Andreas Endowment, the Eddice B. Barber Visiting Writer Endowment, the Robert C. Wright Endowment and individual donors.

For more information or to get involved, contact Robin Becker, a creative writing faculty member at Minnesota State Mankato, at robin.becker@mnsu.edu, or visit gt.mnsu.edu.

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