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'Ten Thousand Saints' Author and IC Writing Professor Eleanor Henderson to Give Public Reading on Campus

 ITHACA, NY — On Wednesday, Oct. 5, Ithaca College writing professor Eleanor Henderson will give the first on-campus reading since the publication of her well-reviewed debut novel, “Ten Thousand Saints.” Free and open to the public, the reading will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Clark Lounge, Egbert Hall.

Moving back and forth between the gritty New York City of the 1980s and small-town Vermont, the characters in “Ten Thousand Saints” — including drug-dealing parents and “straight edge” teens — struggle to create their own identities when life around them is turned upside down. As “Publishers Weekly” describes it, “What results is an odyssey encompassing the age of CBGB, Hare Krishnas, zines and the emergence of AIDS.”

Henderson spent much of the summer on a nationwide promotional tour as her novel earned glowing reviews. The “New York Times” noted that Henderson “writes the hell out of every moment,” while the “Boston Globe” called it “an auspicious debut.” It was given an “A” grade by “Entertainment Weekly,” named one of the best books of June by and included on the recommended summer reading lists of the “Los Angeles Times” and “New York Daily News.”

“Ten Thousand Saints” will be available for purchase and signing at the reading, after which Henderson will engage in a question-and-answer session with the audience.

Henderson joined the Department of Writing in the School of Humanities and Sciences in the fall of 2010, where she teaches courses in creative and academic writing and historical fiction. She earned her B.A. in American literature/creative writing from Middlebury College and M.F.A in fiction writing from the University of Virginia.

Her short story “The Farms” was a Pushcart Prize nominee and was selected for “The Best American Short Stories 2009.” She was a contributing editor at “Poets & Writers” and chair of the fiction board at “Virginia Quarterly Review.”

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