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'Flame Alphabet' Author Ben Marcus to Give Reading at Ithaca College

 ITHACA, NY — The Distinguished Visiting Writers Series at Ithaca College will host a reading by novelist Ben Marcus on Wednesday, April 18. His 7:30 p.m. presentation in Clark Lounge, Egbert Hall, is free and open to the public.

Marcus’s latest work, “The Flame Alphabet,” was published in January. An intellectual horror story, it explores how far we will go, and the sorrows we will endure, in order to protect our families. His previous books include the novel “Notable American Women” and the collection “The Age of Wire and String.” He is the editor of “The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories,” and his own stories have appeared in “Harper’s,” “The New Yorker” and “The Paris Review,” among other publications.

A 2009 recipient of a grant for Innovative Literature from the Creative Capital Foundation, Marcus has also received a Whiting Writers Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in fiction and three Pushcart Prizes. He is an associate professor in the School of the Arts at Columbia University.

The Distinguished Visiting Writers Series is sponsored by the Department of Writing in the School of Humanities and Sciences. For more information contact Catherine Taylor, assistant professor of writing, at 607-274-7031 or