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Debra Spark, the Maine-based author of the novels "The Ghost of Bridgetown" and "Good for the Jews," reads from her work at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11.
The reading is part of the Language Arts Live series brings highly regarded writers to Bates to read from and discuss their work. The series is sponsored by the English department, the Learning Associates Program, the Bates Humanities Fund, the programs in African American studies and American cultural studies, and the John Tagliabue Poetry fund.
The Chicago Tribune and Publishers Weekly were among periodicals praising "Good for the Jews" (University of Michigan Press, 2009). The latter called it "tight, funny, insightful and occasionally heartbreaking as it probes the current education system, the arts and society's ills."
In addition to that book and "The Ghost of Bridgetown" (Graywolf, 2001), Spark's writings include her debut novel "Coconuts for the Saint" (Faber & Faber, 1994) and "Curious Attractions: Essays on Fiction Writing" (University of Michigan Press, 2005), a compilation of her lectures on writing.
Spark's work has appeared in Esquire, Ploughshares, The New York Times, Food and Wine, Yankee, Down East, The Washington Post, Maine Home and Design and The San Francisco Chronicle. She was the editor of the best-selling anthology "Twenty Under Thirty: Best Stories by America's New Young Writers" (Scribner Paper Fiction, 1986).
Spark has received several awards including a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and the John Zacharis/Ploughshares award for best first book. A resident of North Yarmouth, she is a professor at Colby College and teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.