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Abdoun Honored for Earthquake Engineering Research
Russell Banks, who recently served as New York State Author (2004–7), has been called “...a writer we, as readers and writers, can actually learn from, whose books help and urge us to change,” (Fred Pfeil, Voice Literary Supplement). His newest novel, The Reserve, is set in the Adirondacks in 1936-37, at the height of the Great Depression. Banks is a recipient of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award, the John Dos Passos Award, and the O. Henry Memorial Award. He received the American Book Award forThe Book of Jamaica (1980). His novels Continental Drift (1986) and Cloudsplitter (1998) were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. Two other novels, Affliction (1990) and The Sweet Hereafter (1991), were adapted as major motion pictures. His recent novel, The Darling (2004), was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award.

The 67th annual McKinney Awards Ceremony will be held at 8 p.m. in Room 308 of the Darrin Communications Center. Cash prizes will be awarded to student contest winners, and Banks will read from his work. For more information, contact Don Moore at 276-2992.

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Volume 2, Number 6, April 4, 2008
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