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National Book Award Finalist to Give Reading at Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY — The Distinguished Visiting Writers Series at Ithaca College will present a free public reading by novelist Sarah Shun-lien Bynum on Wednesday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Klingenstein Lounge, Egbert Hall.

Bynum’s debut novel, “Madeleine Is Sleeping,” was a finalist for the 2004 National Book Award and winner of the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize. Her 2008 novel, “Ms. Hempel Chronicles,” was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. In its review of that work, “Publisher’s Weekly” noted that Bynum “writes with great acuity, and the emotional undercurrents in this sharp take on coming-of-age and growing up will move readers in unexpected ways.”

Bynum currently directs the MFA program in writing at the University of California, San Diego. Her short stories have appeared in the “New Yorker,” “Georgia Review,” “Alaska Quarterly Review” and “Best American Short Stories.” She was recently named one of “20 Under 40” fiction writers by the “New Yorker.”

The Distinguished Visiting Writers Series is sponsored by the Department of Writing in the School of Humanities and Sciences. For more information contact Jack Wang, assistant professor of writing, at 607-274-3493 or